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The Best Electric Bike Accessory To Own in 2020!

We have tried and tested numerous bike rack options and electric bike accessories but none of them have been able to compete with the Topeak MTX QuickTrack Rack System.

It looks like any other bicycle rack out there however the Devil’s in the details. The small ridges on the top plate allow for other Topeak accessories to be installed on the bike effortlessly.

topeak rack system

You simply have to slide in a Topeak MTX Trunk Bag which provides you with plenty of room to pack for a picnic or a trip to the beach.

The bag uses a particular material that allows for larger space, stiffness, and weather resistance.

Additionally, the expandable top section and rear water bottle holder, the side panels expand to full panniers which maximize the capacity.

It is compatible with all of the MTX QuickTrack lineup with attachable side frames.

Here are some images of what the system would look like:

Topeak Rack System Installed on Aventon Pace 500

topeak mtx trunk bag

topeak rack system on an aventon pace 500

Don’t forget to give us a call at (949) 484-6409 for more information. All of the products featured in this post are available for both rentals and sale.

Electric Bike Batteries – Amphours, Watts, and Volts!

When looking to buy a brand new electric bike, one of the most important factors to consider is the battery. 

Here are 3 battery specs that you should know about before making your purchase: 

 

  1. Watt (W)

    1. This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output. 

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  1. Amphour (Ah)

    1. This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.

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  1. Volt (V)

    1. This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower) 

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More About Batteries: Amphours…

The Amphour rating is used to communicate how much electrical power the battery can provide in one hour of usage. 

Small batteries such as the standard AAA batteries found in your TV remote come, come with an Amphour rating denoted in milli-amp hours, or (mAh). 

On the other hand, large batteries typically have an “Ah” written on them. 

Additionally, batteries also have a C rating which tells you how many Amphours the battery can provide for a very particular amount of time. For example, at C/5, the battery will safely provide 26.8 Ah. 

In other words, the battery supplies a total of 26.8 Amps over a span of 5 hours without any interruptions. 

Please also note that the same battery might safely provide 36 Amphours for a period of 100 hours. 

Depending on whether you use the battery on a daily basis or only from time to time, you should compare Amphours in the C rating category as well but if you’re unsure of which C rating best fits your use-case, we recommend going with the C/20 rating. 

This is the middle ground which will give you a general sense of battery performance. 

All in all, batteries with higher Ah have better range, will be physically larger and will most likely increase the total cost of your eBike.

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting your next eBike, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (949) 484-6409

To learn more about electric bike batteries, please visit the following link

Team Building Activities and Guided Bike Rides 2020

Corporate Events and Team Building Activities 2020

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Mark’s team is both hard-working and exceptionally experienced; however, after months of working from home due to the pandemic, its performance has been “hit and miss.”

His team appears to have lost much of its motivation and energy. Mark like any good leader can’t stand watching his team go down such a downhill path and wants to get his people back on track by exploring some effective and safe team building activities.

If you find yourself in Mark’s shoes, then we’re here to help. We specialize in bike rides/ tours and team events. We have a large fleet of electric bikes as well as high-end road bikes that give you ample options when planning out your event.

Although we are headquartered in Dana Point, CA, we are capable of delivering bikes and tours to nearly all across Southern California.

We typically hold events and team building activities near scenic places where most people enjoy spending time.

Our staff are fully trained, professional, and certified trainers. This allows you to book an event or activity and allow the rest of the planning to be taken care of by us.

Our activities are all about providing the skills, training, and resources that your people need so that they can work in harmony with maximum productivity.

We offer one of the most unique corporate events and team building activities that Southern California has to offer.

Our guided bike tours are perfect for rewards programs, an add-on to conventions and meetings and it will help support a healthy and green lifestyle program at your company.
For corporate events, please choose from one of our well-established tours, or let us customize a tour to meet your goals and needs!

Call us today for more information, and to plan your next great company event at (949) 484-6409.

Here’s all that you need to know about planning an event through us:

1. Equipment:

We provide bottled water, helmets, as well as top-of-the-line road bikes, electric bikes, or a combination of the two depending on your preference.
We are fully capable of delivering our bikes to a designated location where your team can be fitted with bikes and helmets to allow for an enjoyable ride. Prior to every tour, we give an overview of our riding protocol, rules, and safety guidelines.

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2. Tours:

Our team building events are customized to fit your team’s needs and the overall fitness level of your group. We provide a fully loaded on-road support vehicle at all times.
Be sure to give us a call to get more information about the customization process and cost.

3. Tour Guides:

Every one of our tour guides is certified in Bicycle Safety training and he/she delivers their unique yet professional personality to the event.

Shawn D'aurelio Synaptic Cycles

4. Participants:

Tour events can be planned for as low as 3 to as many as 30 people and each ride consists of a bike tour guide.

Treat your team to a beautiful and sunny team building bike tour in Southern California that they’ll have a hard time forgetting. Our personnel are never short of helpful, flexible and eager to please. Please check out our stellar TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google Ratings and Reviews.

Top 4 eBikes to Buy or Rent in 2020

Here at Synaptic Cycles, when we purchase our eBikes, we are extremely meticulous about what we buy. 

This is because we have our customers in mind first and foremost and therefore we want to make sure that we deliver the best experience both on our bikes and off of them (considering our seamless reservation, transaction, and delivery solutions). 

Unlike the vast majority of other “Top eBike…” posts found on various websites, we have bought, assembled, tuned-up, and experienced every single one of the eBikes featured on this list. 

Our rankings are based upon the following factors: 

  • Our Customer Reviews

  • Our Experience Riding and Maintaining them

  • Safety Features

  • Affordability

  • Comfort Level

  • Range

  • Motor Power

  • Top Speed

  • And finally, Weight Capacity

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1. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike

We rated this eBike number 1 due to the following reasons: 

    1. It’s PORTABLE due to its foldable mechanism installed on both the headset and on the frame. This means that you won’t need a bike rack if you’re planning on going to the beach or the mountains. This alone could save you a few hundred bucks right off the bat and the added bonus of this feature is that it takes up far less space in your garage. 

    1. Comfortable doesn’t even do justice to the amazing experience of this eBike. It comes with a set of 20 by 4.0 fat tires, a very plush saddle, and its adjustable seat and headset post. 

    2. We’re talking both AFFORDABLE and convenient! At $1549, you get a FULLY-BUILT and tuned-up eBike with the options for FREE delivery and pick up by appointment ONLY at our Dana Point location

    3. This folding eBike has a long 40-mile RANGE due to its powerful 750W Bafang motor

    4. It’s SAFE as a result of its buttery smooth throttle and pedal-assist modes, comfy fat tires which give it some added stability and puncture resistance, bright front and rear lights, and reliable hydraulic disc brakes. 

    5. It can ride on a number of various surfaces given that it’s equipped with 20” x 4” Tires in addition to mudguards in both the front as well as in the back allowing you to roll over sand, gravel, mud, grass, and concrete with no problem. 

    6. It comes with crisp Shimano shifters, a 275-pound weight capacity, and it goes up to 20 miles per hour. 

    7. Last but not least, it’s also available for rentals for as low as $20/ hour which will count towards your purchase price if you would like to try it out before you make a $1.5k commitment!

2. Aventon Pace 500 

Our customers simply fall in love with our Aventon Pace 500 eBike fleet. They are light, superbly fast (clocking in at 28 mph), and climb hills with no problem whatsoever. They’re also equipped with a 500W brushless motor, hydraulic brakes, a 48V 11.6 Ah battery, throttle and pedal assist. This excellent eBike is fairly priced at $1399. 

3. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’s eBike Cruiser

This eBike has all the bells and whistles of the 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike plus a few extra features! 

The Cruiser comes with the following:

    1. 26-inch fat tires compared to the 20-inch tires on our folding eBike. 

    2. A solid front suspension mechanism. 

Some of the reasons why it’s ranked 3rd: 

    1. It weighs in at 77 lbs (which makes it 27 lbs heavier than the folding eBike) and since it does not have a folding mechanism, it is much less portable than our #1-rated eBike. 

    2. This eBike is also $100 more expensive than the folding one (Price: $1649). 

2020 Del Sol eBike

4. Del Sol Railer Plus i/O 2021 vs. 2020 model

The 2020 model comes with the following features: 

    1. A light aluminum-alloy frame

    2. A 350W motor 

    3. An Integrated rear cargo rack system

    4. The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain

    5. 26″ x 3″ tires giving it a great deal of stability 

    6. A cushy saddle

Upgrades made to the 2021 eBike model which we will have available as soon as this October: 

    1. A 750W Bafang Motor as opposed to the much weaker 350W motor on the 2020 version

    2. A 48V, 14 Ah battery instead of the 36V, 14 Ah battery on the previous model. 

    3. An overall faster eBike with a longer range and quicker charging at the same price point ($1799). 

Most of our eBikes are BRAND NEW or have less than 100 miles on them. *We offer excellent DISCOUNTS on our eBikes depending on their overall condition and mileage. 

Call us today to reserve or purchase your next eBike at (949) 484-6409

Thinking of building your own eBike? Simply put: DON’T!

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If you just purchased an eBike and it’s supposed to be delivered to your door by Friday and you’re planning on testing it out on a ride with your pals on Saturday, our best advice to you is to CANCEL your plans. Here’s why: 

Once you receive the eBike, you’re going to want to piece it together and hop on the saddle as soon as possible. 

You are probably thinking at this point that it’s no difficult task to put two wheels and some metal with a battery attached together. 

There are only a few possibilities as to what will happen. You will either be unable to build a functioning electric bike, or you go on your ride on Saturday and find out that something’s not working right which forces to you head to the nearest open bike shop. 

The most unlikely scenario entails you building the bike correctly. 

Despite what direct-to-consumer eBike companies tell you about building your own eBike, rest assured that the assembly process is no IKEA build. 

Many of the new eBike manufactures are now selling directly to the consumer. While that seems like you’re saving a sizeable amount of money upfront, you have to look at your long-term costs associated with such purchases. 

The manufacturers want to make you believe that it’s simple to build your own bike right out of the box. 

In fact, they want you to pull the trigger and put a dent in your wallet to purchase their product. One of their primary tactics to achieve the sale is through false claims such as: “Our eBikes are easy to build” and that there is “No need to pay an additional cost for a professional to build it.” 

In short, the assembly on the consumer’s end is boiled down to an uncomplicated and quick process.  However, that’s not the case at all from our perspective. 

Such a build can be complicated, costly, and potentially dangerous. 

Building your own eBike is like letting your painter plan and construct the foundation of your house. 

When the bike is assembled incorrectly, by all means, you will come across a number of additional maintenance costs. 

With eBikes going as fast as 28 miles per hour, if you want to let your child ride one, or you plan on riding one, you better make sure that every single part is working properly.

Over the past few months, out of every 10 consumer-assembled eBike that we have seen in our shop, 9 of them have had issues related to improper assembly. 

We have seen so many consumer build eBike come through our doors and many of them were damaged beyond repair because the customer built it wrong. 

Here are 2 solutions to such a widespread problem: 

  • Buy an eBike from your local bike shop OR

  • Drop off your eBike package at the bike shop and let a professional assemble your bike for you. 

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Either one of these solutions is meant to protect your investment. Building the bike right from the start will ensure many years of fun and safe riding ahead.

Bike Repairs… It Doesn’t Have To Be Such A Daunting Process

Imagine that you’re cruising down a street after having worked your way up when you suddenly feel like there’s something wrong with your bike. It could be a flat tire, a brake pad rubbing against the rim, a loose pedal or some of your chain rubbing against the front derailleur.

Flat Tire

Now you either call a friend or a family member to bail you out of this sticky situation or just walk all the way back home.

But once you get back, you’re most probably going to want to be able to get going on the road again.

bike chain maintenance

If you were wondering how long it would take for a nearby shop to check out your bike or to do a full tune-up before you plan a nice lengthy trip, we’ve done the homework for you.

Given how busy most bike shops are these days, you’re going to have to wait approximately 7 to 10 days for your bike to get fixed or the shop won’t even have the time to pick up your phone call.

Brake Adjustment

Maintenance, brake cable replacement

That’s not what you’ll experience at Synaptic Cycles. Once we take in your bike, you’ll have it back in no more than 2 days. If you’re either too busy or don’t have a way to get your bike to our shop, we will be able to pick up and drop off your bike in no time.

Synaptic Cycles Delivery

We have very reasonable rates and we have a solution for most of your repair problems. We are capable of fixing flats, aligning rear derailleur hangers, replacing brake pads and all cables, truing wheels, adjusting headsets, and removing the entire drive train.

Why should you consider renting an eBike?

Not very long ago, it was surprising to see someone ride past you on an electric bike but now it appears to be more common than ever. You can surely try to search to buy one but rest assured that you’ll find yourself getting hit with a limitless number of purchase options. 

There are many considerations when buying an eBike such as the price, the range, the weight, the motor, the battery, the charger, and the durability. Before you make up your mind about one, we highly suggest that you try riding one FIRST. 

Instead of running the risk of ordering one for fifteen hundred bucks (on average) and having to ship it back because it didn’t live up to your expectations, there are some really great rental options out there. 

You could spend as little as $8 an hour by renting one at Synaptic cycles if you choose to keep the bike for the whole day. 

Aventon Pace 500 electric bikes

From our experience, an eBike is an absolute metallic package of joy.

An eBike is not supposed to replace your road bike or your mountain bike that comes with 150mm of suspension travel. 

The beauty of the concept of electric bikes is that you can hold on to your regular bike and get some nice exercise throughout the day and then when you just want to cruise around town or the nearby beach, you can take the effort out of biking and enjoy the soothing breeze running through your hair and the catch sight of an unforgettable sunset. 

Another good reason to rent an eBike includes the fact that if you’re on a relaxing vacation in a bustling beach town and you want to grab dinner or lunch, you can save yourself the hassle of finding and paying for parking spots or getting stuck in stop-and-go traffic. 

Additionally, you can cover way more ground on an eBike if you’re planning on exploring a new city. 

The choice is all yours. You can rent out an eBike for as little as 2 hours or if you decide that you want to keep it for a few days or even weeks to come, be our guest. 

We guarantee that you’ll have a blast riding one, especially where we’re located (here in Dana Point, CA) or you can simply choose for your eBike of choice to be delivered to your place of residence.

Believe it or not, most of our eBikes get completely booked every weekend and we constantly find ourselves having to order entirely new fleets. 

Book your electric bike today at (949) 484 – 6409

Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are everywhere!  Have you experienced the eBike thrill yet?  If not, you should ride one!  All of a sudden the possibilities are endless.

With an electric bike you can travel further, see more of the city, carry the kids, carry the dog, and the cooler to the beach.  Are you tired of looking for parking or waiting for an Uber or Lyft ride?  Take your electric bikes to lunch or dinner in the busy beach town and be more efficient with your time and money!

We’re here to shed some light on some of the questions you might have before making your eBike purchase.

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Woman on an Electric Bike

1. What’s the whole point in buying or renting an electric bike?

The first thing you need to know is that eBikes usually have different modes. One of these modes involves pedal assist which requires you to pedal but with a lot less work and effort to reach a certain speed.

The other mode is the throttle option which doesn’t even require you to move anything other than a few hand muscles. There are plenty of reasons to buy an eBike and here are a few of them:

  • You have the ability to ride faster and travel further.

  • You can absorb more of your surroundings than you would on a regular bike.

  • It’s safer to have a motor that helps you accelerate at street intersections.

  • If you have bad knees or joint problems, this makes riding bikes effortless and pain-free.

  • If you get an eBike with a strong enough motor, you can load it up with blankets, food, kids, and dogs (except for Great Danes).

  • Do you live close enough to where you work? Then, you can commute to work on an electric bike and skip out on traffic and keep your gas money to yourself!

  • You can even send your kid to school on one of these bikes which would save you all the time you spend in traffic near your kid’s school.

  • Last but not least, they are a LOT of fun!

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Cargo Electric Bike (RadRunner)

2. What’s the typical range on an eBike?

There are various factors that impact the range of an eBike. This depends on how powerful the motor is (anything over 500 Watts is more than enough for most users), the size of the battery, the type of terrain that you’re riding on, whether you spend most of the time covering uphills, downhills, or flat surfaces, the weight of the bike, and finally how much you weigh.

3. How much do they cost on average?

At the higher end of the spectrum, the average road or mountain eBike costs approximately $5,000 while cruiser or city eBikes which are less performance-focused fall in the $1,200-$2500 price point.  We at Synaptic Cycles say the $1200-$1600 price point is where the value is.

4. How fast do they go?

The average speed on eBikes is around the 20 miles per hour mark but they can usually go as fast as 28 mph.

5. Why can’t they go faster than say 28 mph?

There are legal barriers to this matter. If an electric bike assists you past 28 mph, then it would be treated by law enforcement similar to a motorcycle that comes along with the hassle of licensing and registration paperwork. In addition to this, you would not be allowed on ANY bike paths either.

6. There are endless options, but how do I choose the electric bike that’s right for me?

There is no “one size fits all” but some key things to consider are obviously your budget, how often you plan on riding the bike, how far you want to travel each time, how fast you would like to go, and what you want to use it for (health, recreation, transportation and etc.). With these factors in mind, eBikes are split into 3 classes:

  • Class 1 Electric Bikes: These bikes come with an electric motor that kicks in ONLY when you pedal and it will not assist you once you reach 20 miles per hour.

  • Class 2 Electric Bikes: Class 2 eBikes come with both a pedal-assist mode that works up to 20 mph and a handlebar throttle.

  • Class 3 Electric Bikes: Such bikes are only equipped with the pedal-assist feature (similar to class 1 eBikes); however, the pedal assistance allows you to go as fast as 28 mph.

    If we were to pick a class of eBikes, our choice would go to Class 2 because it gives you the option of a throttle which is especially useful when you’re stuck in sticky situations and allows you to get out of tough spots much more easily.

7. How much does each full charge cost?

It depends on what time of day you charge your electric bike. For instance, electricity is much cheaper after 9 PM while it peaks in price between 2 PM and 6 PM.

As a result of this variation in the price of electricity, each full charge will run you about 3 cents to 10 cents.

 

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Before you make up your mind about which eBike to purchase, try renting one for a day or even a few hours. At Synaptic Cycles, we charge as low as $20 per hour and $80 dollars for the entire day. Book your eBike TODAY!

Our favorite road cycling routes in Southern California

South from Dana Point/San Clemente hills: https://www.strava.com/activities/1548142204

South from Dana Point to Las Pulgas- flat/coastal: https://www.strava.com/activities/585447942

Laguna Niguel/Dana Point climbs: https://www.strava.com/athletes/408629

Newport Coast/Shady Canyon Loop: https://www.strava.com/activities/402103875

Shady Canyon bike path

Santiago Canyon, Live Oak Canyon, Silverado Canyon: https://www.strava.com/activities/583537272

Laguna Beach Climbs- amazing views: https://www.strava.com/activities/784510328

San Gabriel mountain/Glendora Mountain Road to Hwy 39 to Crystal Lake: https://www.strava.com/activities/98155429

Glendora Mountain Road (previous Tour of California route)

Mount Baldy ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/39266087

Swami’s ride from Encinitas: https://www.mapmyride.com/us/encinitas-ca/swami-s-saturday-ride-route-63844274

Rancho Palos Verdes ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/220287131

Simi Valley/Thousand Oaks/Santa Monica Ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/99133843

Some Bikes are Special

Some bikes are just special, but not for the reasons you may think. They may not be made of the latest and greatest material and they may not have the newest, best components. Sometimes, certain bikes just fit right and just ride right, and you and that bike do rides that you remember, unlike other bikes that you’ve ridden. Bikes like this join you on adventures.
IMG_0654My Davidson custom steel bike is just such a bike. It was built in 1998 with Reynolds 853/753, and originally was painted navy blue with white panels outlined in orange pinstripes with the Davidson lettering in orange. The original fork was a Look carbon fork painted to match (and that fork was noodly as hell). I’ve ridden this bike a lot. More miles than any other bike I’ve ever owned.

This bike bears the scars of being ridden. I cracked the rear stay and had to have it replaced which is why it is has a different paint job now. At that time, I replaced the fork and it was painted to match as well. This is the bike I was riding when I was car doored and I separated my shoulder and fractured part of my shoulder blade. The bike was okay, but the fork took a hit and needed to be replaced, so now it sports the bare carbon model shown. The paint bears countless scratches from times when I dropped the chain, or that time when I snapped my chain and went down really hard, or that time when my wheels came out from under me in a wet corner on a descent.

I’ve ridden this bike on more double centuries than any other I’ve owned. It’s surprisingly comfortable for rides of that distance. I’ve done countless brevets on this bike, riding through the day and into the night and into the next morning. One night on a brevet, I nearly fell asleep while riding this bike, and after a short nap (off the bike in an old schoolhouse), I remember shivering so hard from the cold I could barely keep the bike on the road. Later, we rode near a farm that had what appeared to be camels in it’s pasture. To this day, I’m not sure if that was real or the result of so many hours on the bike.

I’ve commuted on this bike and I’ve even raced it a few times. I’ve dodged turkeys and pygmy goats on this bike. I’ve been chased by cows and countless dogs on this bike. One morning I had a squirrel hit my wheel and, thankfully, bounce off. This is the bike I was riding the day before I proposed to my wife (while carrying the engagement ring because I didn’t want to leave it at the hotel). This is the bike I was riding on the morning of 9/11/2001 when I learned of the attacks. You could say this bike and I have a history together.

Sometimes, I scavenge this poor bike for parts for my other bikes, and I hang the partially assembled bike from a hook and leave it there. Sometimes for a year or more. The downside to being a cyclist is that newer bikes always come along that seem to promise this wonder ride quality. More stiff, more compliant, less weight….Then, something makes me put the Davidson back together and ride it. Every time that happens, I wonder why I stopped riding it. It rides so nicely. It fits me so well. It brings back the memories of all the other great rides we’ve done together. Well, it’s back together now, and I plan on riding it for a while. It may not always be my daily rider, but I’ll never get rid of it, either. Too many memories.

Yelp Reviews

Synaptic Cycles
5.0
Based on 38 Reviews
Kristin Lewis P.
Kristin Lewis P.
2020-09-17 15:33:32
Great experience at Synaptic! I needed a tube replaced on my "purchased for the pandemic cheap and cheery" bike and Shawn took care of it in under 10... read more
Anthony S.
Anthony S.
2020-09-16 10:05:21
If you don't have a way to get your bike to a shop Synaptic is the way to go. Pick up and delivery is such a convenience. I highly recommend them. read more
Nails By Stephanie R.
Nails By Stephanie R.
2020-08-15 20:50:41
We had company in town during Covid and wanted to check out Electric bikes. Shaun was amazing to work with, he has several different types of bikes to rent... read more
Brian V.
Brian V.
2020-08-06 18:34:45
Was difficult To find a bike shop during Covid Called Shawn and he took my bike ... He also takes the time to explain things to you. and yet they deserve... read more
Jessica K.
Jessica K.
2020-05-20 21:19:33
Quarantine restlessness got the best of me but I couldn't find a bike in stores so I ordered one online. It arrived mostly assembled but I quickly realized... read more
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