Practical Cycle is a cool bike shop located in Folsom, California. Unlike other bike shops Practical cycle believes that bikes are more than just bikes they are transportation. Their mission? “make cycling more practical for everyday people.” Tim Castleman is the owner and creator of Practical Cycle. Years ago Tim decided to purchase a used bike from a garage sale. Tim’s bike became his means of transportation using it for errands and haul, Tim’s bike was pretty great to him. On one unfortunate day, Tim was an accident involving a valet attendant. With part of his money from that settlement, Tim started Practical Cycle. Fast forward to years later and Tim and his son are thriving in the bike business!
With 1 location opened in Folsom and a second one on the way also in Folsom, Tim is changing the way we think about cycling. Practical Cycle has now been in their eighth year of business and they aren’t slowing down any time soon. The Practical Cycle sells all sorts of bikes such as electric (pedego), cargo, folding and hybrid. Their prices range depending on what you want, but they are very reasonable and don’t hurt your pockets.
You can even rent bikes too! The best part is when renting you don’t have to worry about waiting in line because Practical Cycle does reservations! (click here to make reservations). When you buy or rent from Practical Cycle you also don’t have to worry about things like helmets, locks, or kid trailers because they got you covered. The Practical Cycle even As mentioned above the Practical Cycle has 2 locations:
(coming soon) Folsom: 905 Leidesdorff St, Folsom, CA (916) 706-0077
All locations will be open 10:00 AM -7:00 PM 7 days a week.
So my family and I took a trip to the Folsom Natoma Station location together. Upon our arrival, the girls were napping. So I got out of the car and went inside to introduce myself to Tim and hear a little bit more about his back ground and story. After talking for a few minutes the girls woke up from their nap and Tim got to meet them and my husband too.
Tim gave us all the details for each bike and what they do. He then suggested what was best for our family and let us choose our bikes. We choose one regular bike with a seat and helmet for Ivy. Then we choose one electric bike with a trail that holds kids up to 50lbs. This trailer was super awesome and both our girls fit comfortably inside. Once we got our bikes Tim gave us some fun tips about the bikes and instructed us on where the best trails were to ride, then we were off!
|Skipping rocks with daddy.|
When we got on the trail it was so much fun. We took turns with each bike to make it fair. My husband totally fell in love with the electric (pedego) bike. He is actually thinking about buying one now. It went really fast! We rode our bikes pretty far until we came up a little lake. There weren’t very many people there. It was very chill and quite. It was so nice. The girls wasted no time throwing their shoes and running down by the water with their dad. They skipped rocks and even visited with some ducks. Ton the ride back we rode pass a ton of other friendly bikers. The weather was perfect for a day on the trail. My favorite part of the ride was getting to spend time with my family in the nice spring weather. Being together outdoors is something we love to do together.
But I must say
as an entrepreneur I admire Tim.All the hard work he has done to get his business where it is today. I have had the opportunity to speak with Tim on more than one occasion and he is an amazing businessman. He is very professional and has a passion for bikes and what he does for the community. If you and your family are looking for a local place to rent or buy bikes then stop by Practical Cycle!
(video below of a few clips and photos from our ride.)
Thank you, Tim, & the Practical Cycle team for our bike rentals!