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The guttural thrum of an engine stirs the leaves of an oak tree. Over the crest of a rolling hill, motorcycles with goldenrod appear. Miles behind the riders, along blacktop shimmering in the sun’s warmth, Motherlode Motorsports equips patrons with rides, helmets, gas, and experienced guidance. Riders do not need a California motorcycle license to pilot the three-wheeled bikes, giving first-timers the chance to jump right on and glide along the gently ascending hills of Gold Country to San Andreas or up to the nearby Stanislaus National Forest.
Motherlode Motorsports also connects road warriors with an inventory of speedsters from Yamaha, KTM, Suzuki, and Honda, as well as gear from Fox Racing and other brands. Staff experts can offer advice on where to ride as well as tips on survival when confronting a feral camshaft and its cubs in the woods.
The history of wine in the Livermore Valley spans 250 years. Spanish missionaries planted the region's first grapes in the 18th century, and Robert Livermore sowed the first commercial vines in the mid-19th. These early efforts led to America's first international gold medal for wine at the 1889 Paris Exposition, when California grapes beat out bordeaux in the annual race to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The guides at Livermore Valley Wine & Cycle Tours lead cyclists into this historic, scenic valley in which some 40 wineries currently reside. Rides between them follow moderate routes, letting peddlers soak in views of the canyons and ridges that rise and fall between the clustered rows of vines.
Want to get on a bicycle but feel intimidated by intense spandex-clad cyclists? Practical Cycle is the place for you. They call themselves a “Transportation Company” because they believe that bikes are more than just a tool for fitness. They are good ways to commute and they cut down on traffic and pollution, not to mention they’re fun. Practical Cycle offers bikes you won’t find many other places, including electric bikes, cargo bikes (good for carrying children or other large items), and adult tricycles. Practical Cycle also rents bikes, and has created a beautiful and handy bike route map of Sacramento. These guys are so great at customer service, it’s no surprise that they’ve been voted Pedego Electric Bikes’ Dealer of Year many times over.
The experienced bike mechanics at Rex Cycles tick off 16 tasks as they complete major tune-ups. After scrutinizing bikes for wear and tear, mechanics adjust components, tighten bolts, and check spoke tension, which usually skyrockets during construction season. Cables enjoy a thorough lube treatment, and wheels straighten under mechanics’ expert truing. Finally, mechanics wipe down revived cycles and hop on for a test ride, ensuring that all the gears, chains, and handlebar pompoms flow effortlessly for a smooth, pleasant ride.
Anything you might need between the front and back wheel can likely be found at Bob's Cycle Center. The shop carries bicycles for all terrains and riding styles, from road bikes to mountain bikes and cruisers from brands such as Trek, Marin, and Electra. They also carry a wide selection of parts?like brakes, handlebars, and chains?as well as tires, tubes, and wheels. And then there are the repair technicians: expert mechanics who can coax maximum performance out of your bike by giving it a tune-up or a heartfelt lecture on the importance of flossing between its spokes.
Bob's Cycle Center carries all of this for bikes, but they have riders covered too. Bike-owners can peruse a selection of outerwear, jerseys, shorts, and bib tights from Bontrager, as well as helmets, gloves, and shoes.