According to Southern California Beaches, “The Strand” which is also known as The Strand Bike Path/ Marvin Braude Bike Path is “one of the most fun things to do on vacation in Southern California.”
This path technically starts from Torrance, CA and goes all the way up to The Will Rogers State Beach which is a total of 22 miles to be precise; however, the most popular segment of this path starts around Redondo Beach and reaches Santa Monica Beach which adds up to 16.5 miles.
When you’re planning for a bike ride like this one, you should pack and be ready for a 40-mile round trip. Make sure to bring your bike locks as there are a lot of places and activities that might interest you along the way, sunscreen, plenty of water, and a couple of snacks.
The beauty of this bike path comes down to the fact that for the majority of the ride, it keeps you along the coast, it goes through all of the main South Bay beaches in addition to two iconic harbors.
This action-packed ride is one filled with views of beach volleyball, surfing, hang gliders, sun-baked sandy beaches, gorgeous waves, and towering palm trees. It’s really something you have to experience for yourself because words don’t do it justice.
When you start your ride at the Redondo Beach Pier, after shortly passing the Seaside Lagoon on N Harbor Dr, you reach The Strand path which passes by the Hermosa Beach Pier, then the all too well-known Manhattan Beach, followed by Dockweiler Beach where you’ll be able to watch some hang gliders, and then Playa Del Rey.
Shortly after you take a right at Playa Del Rey, you’ll find the gorgeous Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Then you have the option of making a stop at Venice Beach, or continue to Santa Monica beach.
Near Santa Monica Beach, you’ll find the perfect coffee shop, Urth Caffe – Santa Monica which offers amazing food, pastry, and coffee.
However, if coffee is not really your thing or you just want some high-quality American food, then the Library Alehouse might be your best next option. This is a nice and casual food spot that offers an amazing selection of craft beers and comfort foods all in a library setting. Which is truly a unique experience.
Another spot along the path that is the perfect stopping point is Manhattan Beach. It has a pier and an Aquarium that’s currently closed due to safety measures, Roundhouse Aquarium.
As far as food options go, Manhattan Beach also happens to be the ideal spot for that as well. There’s Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Nick’s Manhattan Beach, The Kettle, Rock’N Fish, and Paradise Bowls depending on what you’re in for.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is ideal for breakfast, lunch, and coffee. It has spacious outdoor seating and beautiful views of the ocean.
Nick’s Manhattan Beach specializes in traditional American food and is currently rated 4.6 stars on Google (695 reviews). However, please note that this restaurant is a little bit on the budget-unfriendly side.
The Kettle is one of the best diner options that’s both affordable while it maintains excellent quality.
Rock’N Fish is perhaps the best choice for seafood lovers and it offers some of the most outstanding cocktails that you can find along the coast.
Last but not least, when it comes to food, Paradise Bowls is the healthiest option that offers the most fruity and light acai bowls.
Before you leave this page, remember that here at Synaptic Cycles, we carry the perfect kind of electric bikes for this type of route. You can ask for our super-quick Aventon Pace 500, or our 750W Fat-Tire Beach Cruisers or Folding Bikes.
It really comes down to your choice and where you plan on riding the bike. No matter what, we will ALWAYS have an option for YOU.
We can get as many bikes as you would like delivered to you for a full day or a number of days.
For more information, Press the Call Button on this site or give us a ring at (949) 484-6409
An exceptional bicycle rental operation is one that:
carries different bikes ranging from electric bikes to mountain bikes to road bikes.
delivers your bike(s) to you on time.
rents you as many bikes as you would like for as many days as you want to ride.
provides you with maintenance when something goes wrong.
offers accidental damage insurance.
Here at Synaptic Cycles, we carry different road bike brands such as Masi, Cannondale, Focus, and Scott.
We offer some popular electric bikes such as Aventon, Haro i/O, and our own Synaptic Cruisers, Folding and Fat-Tire eBikes.
As far as bike types go, we also have some high-performance mountain bikes such as the Haro Double Peak.
We regularly deliver bikes to various locations in Los Angeles County, Orange County, as well as San Diego County. In essence, we serve all of Southern California which is no easy task for most other bike rental services out there.
You can call us and ask for only one bike or have us deliver 14 bikes to you. At the end of the day, it’s up to you.
If you find yourself wanting to keep the bike for a few more days or even a few more weeks, we got you covered. In fact, we will let you ride it more at a discounted price.
Last but not least, if you roll over a sharp object and get a flat or experience any other accident, our insurance covers it all. You can go to a closeby bike shop, get the bike fixed, keep the receipt and we’ll reimburse you.
If you’re still not convinced as to why you should choose for us to take care of you, give us a call at (949) 484-6409.
For all other inquiries related to bikes, contact us.
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.
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:
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.
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:
This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output.
This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.
This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower)
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.
Corporate Events and Team Building Activities 2020
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
And finally, Weight Capacity
We rated this eBike number 1 due to the following reasons:
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.
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.
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.
This folding eBike has a long 40-mile RANGE due to its powerful 750W Bafang motor.
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.
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.
It comes with crisp Shimano shifters, a 275-pound weight capacity, and it goes up to 20 miles per hour.
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!
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.
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:
26-inch fat tires compared to the 20-inch tires on our folding eBike.
A solid front suspension mechanism.
Some of the reasons why it’s ranked 3rd:
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.
This eBike is also $100 more expensive than the folding one (Price: $1649).
4. Del Sol Railer Plus i/O 2021 vs. 2020 model
The 2020 model comes with the following features:
A light aluminum-alloy frame
A 350W motor
An Integrated rear cargo rack system
The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain
26″ x 3″ tires giving it a great deal of stability
A cushy saddle
Upgrades made to the 2021 eBike model which we will have available as soon as this October:
A 750W Bafang Motor as opposed to the much weaker 350W motor on the 2020 version
A 48V, 14 Ah battery instead of the 36V, 14 Ah battery on the previous model.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.