Electric bikes are popular, and thanks to the work of enthusiasts in communities all over the country, they're getting more support than ever from local and state governments. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of places that restrict or prohibit electric bikes, which makes finding a good ride a little bit more complicated than it would be for traditional bike riders. If you're new to electric bikes in San Clemente and looking for some great trail rides, look no further.
Best San Clemente Bike Trails for Electric Bikes
In and around San Clemente, there are various options for trail rides with an electric bike. Except for the beach trail, each choice accommodates e-bike riders year-round. The beach and beach trail prohibit e-bikes from June 15 through Labor Day.
The beach trail: 5 miles
Dana Point: 10.6 miles
San Juan Capistrano: 14 miles
Trestles: 9.6 miles, converges with parts of the beach trail
Oceanside: 26 miles, with a return via Metrolink
The most recent guidance from the city calls for a ten mph speed limit on all public trails when riding an electric bike. Keep that in mind when you head out.
Must-Have Electric Bike Accessories
There are a lot of accessories that e-bike riders pick up to customize a ride for the activities the rider loves best. There are also quite a few that are an excellent addition to any build. Start with these accessories while you figure out what else you need to personalize that new ride.
Bike tool kit for repairs
Front and rear lights
Tube repair kit essentials
It's also a good idea to consider a cargo rack or basket if you're not planning on riding with a backpack. It gives you a place to keep your essentials for fast repairs on the go, which is a necessity for trail riding, where you might have to do a quick fix while you're miles from the trailhead. It's also a good idea to consider mudguards for trail riding; unless you're sticking strictly to well-maintained city routes, you'll probably need them.
How to Carry a Surfboard On an Electric Bike
The key to using your bike to get to the beach when you want to surf is having the right surfboard rack. There are three styles you can choose from. Side-mounted builds are the most popular, but upright racks and rear-mounted options are also available. Most riders opt for a side-mount because it streamlines the aerodynamics of your ride. The bike gets a little wider, and you need to adjust your balance a bit, but you don't have any issues with the wind slowing you down or affecting your handling because your board presents a minimal forward-facing profile.
Since different surfboard racks have different instructions for mounting and attaching the board, you'll want to refer to the instructions that come with your rack when it's time to install it. It's probably a good idea to pick out a rack that you can remove quickly to unmount it easily when you're riding without the board. You'll also want to check your owner's manual and other manufacturer-provided materials to see if there's any reason why you should choose a particular rack style for your board.