When we first started renting bikes at Cal Coast 7 years ago we started with a small fleet of road bikes, mountain bikes, and just a couple of Electric bikes. We quickly realized we were going to need more electric bikes to keep up with demand! They are just too much fun and have gained popularity with all types of riders. Pedego electric bikes were the first brand that we tried. Since then, we have tried multiple makes and models until finally finding our all-around favorite bike; the Townie Go by Electra. The Townie Go is extremely easy to operate and has one of the longest battery life and strongest motors in the game.
One of the many benefits of renting an electric bike or joining an electric bike tour is the sheer amount of ground you will be able to easily cover. Santa Barbara is a relatively small town however it is rather spread out along the coastline. Many of our clients only have a few hours or half of a day to spend exploring. This is often not enough time to connect the main attractions by traditional pedaling. By utilizing the electric assist, we have found that you can easily find your way around the waterfront, historical sights, and foothill roads all within a timely matter.
Another one of the great benefits of the electric bikes is that it allows groups or couples of mixed abilities to complete the same rides together. I love seeing elite cyclists gear up on a carbon road bike. When their less-experienced friends or spouses can join them on an electric bike, I see a lot of smiling faces. The battery life and strength of the motor easily allows you to keep up with your most advanced cycling friends. With the adjustable assist modes you can still get a great workout in yourself!
Whether you’re looking to join a tour or take off on your own you’ve got to come over and try one for yourself! Trust me, you’re going to love it.