1. ) The front counter is always abuzz with activity. This is the community bike shop in Orange. 2. ) Electric bikes are starting to
take up more and more ;oor space here. They’re de;nitely showcased.
Orange Cycle made a mint selling the Orange Krate when they ;rst started. They still have one at the shop.
one of the Turbo Levo demo bikes. He
fought them tooth and nail about it at
;rst, but he ;nally acquiesced and tried
it. A few days later the shop got a call
from the customer who wanted to know
how much money he’d have to bring in
to buy the Levo. All it took was one ride!
That was their ;rst sale on a Turbo
Levo. Now, Al estimates they’ve sold
40 of them so far, and that number
has put them in the top- 50 Specialized
dealerships in the country and number
one in Turbo Levo sales for Southern
California stores with a single location.
When it comes to electric bikes,
Orange Cycle isn’t just good sales;
they pride themselves on good service
as well. Over the years they’ve sold
electric bikes and scooters, including
all the Mongoose-, GT- and Schwinn-
licensed versions with Currie motors,
and Al has a lot of experience with
brushless electric motors, speed
controllers and batteries from RC
cars. At one time, Orange Cycle was
the only shop in the area that knew
how to work on electric bikes.
Al predicts that within the next
couple of years electric bikes will
make up 30–50 percent of their overall
sales. With more of their ;oor space
being taken up by electric bikes,
they carefully hand-pick the brands
they carry, ensuring solid support
through the entire chain. You can
visit Orange Cycle at 210 Glassell
Street in Orange, California. Their
website is www.orangecycle.com.;■
Manager Al knows the bikes really well.
He’s a full-electric convert and a skilled
rider. He knows great trails nearby, so
we went with him on a ride while we