Due to statewide movement restrictions and the continuing wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, normal business hours were suspended and we worked on an appointment-only basis to help you find the best recumbent trike for your needs. Strict mask and social distancing guidelines were observed and entry to the shop was limited to as-needed only.
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Directions to AlphaBENT
Getting to AlphaBENT from anywhere
Our location is at a major hub of roads, trains, and planes. [Here are directions particularly from the Bay Area.]
We are located at the junction of I-5, I-80, US-50, and CA-99
From any of these roads, we have found the directions given by Google to be quite effective.
We are less than a mile from the Sacramento Amtrak train station. Here are walking directions and a map.
Greyhound: The Greyhound bus stop is on Richards Blvd, quite close (only 1.2 miles) to the shop. However, that particular direction from the shop is a world away and a walk from the Greyhound terminal goes through a rough neighborhood. We recommend getting a ride.
The Sacramento Municipal Airport (SMF) is very close. To get from the Airport, take the Yolobus 42A. Take light rail or walk from downtown Sacramento. To get back to the airport, take the Yolobus 42B.
Sacramento is blessed with a very nice cycle transportation system. The American River Trail is roughly a mile from the shop and is an excellent place to ride a trike. There is a bike path causeway that comes in from the west if you are travelling from the Bay Area. A nice bike route comes down from Rio Oso if you are traveling from the north.
Catrike has discontinued the venerable Road recumbent trike model.
Face-time with ICE. Ask all of your questions. Find out what happens behind the scenes. And, try trikes, trikes, trikes... including the fully automatic ICE Adventure electric trikes.
An inexpensive hitch-mount rack for folded recumbent trikes. For example, the ICE Full Fat big-tired adventure tricycle.
Azub will be at AlphaBENT on Wednesday, October 23 to show the latest Czech recumbent technology. Come to for test-rides, and bent-talk.
Catrike has made wider hubs with through-axles standard equipment on all large-wheel models. This change affects the following recumbent trike models: Expedition, 559, Dumont, and 700. The change promotes laterally stronger wheels and prevents movement within the dropouts under load at the expense of compatibility with equipment such as electric hub moters that are designed to the older 135mm dropout widths.
2019 Norcal FARA (Friedrich's Ataxia Research Alliance) Ride coming up June 1, 2019.
Join Kyle and Team FARA to kick this debilitating disease!
This annual ride raises much-needed funds for research to cure Friedrich's Ataxia (a progressive neurological disease.)
We raise funds for research by cycling. And, we raise hope by joining together in support.
10, 50, and 100 mile options riding in the beautiful high desert around Carson City and Lake Tahoe.
More information at ediblepedal100.org
Cost is $77 and the ride is sponsored by the Reno Rotary Club.
33 mile, 56 mile, and 108 mile routes aroud Lake Almanor and through the Indian Valley.
Great views of Mount Lassen on all rides.
These supported rides have:
- rest stops
- high quality natural food and beverages
- a delicious post-ride meal
- bike raffle at the end of the ride
Wheels - This is the ONLY workshop of the year on wheels. It is a bit on the technical side: to satisfy the need for more knowledge.
How to build a wheel; true a wheel; make it round; calculate spoke lengths; smooth out bumps inside your drum brake. When can't a wheel be saved? Why are good spokes important? How and why to dish a wheel. How to make or true an unconventional (single-sided) wheel. Replacing wheel bearings.
Come with a thirst to learn.
Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Workshop starts when the caffeine kicks in. Cost: FREE
Come out and learn about adjusting your own shifting.
Enjoy beautiful, crisp shifting. Eliminate pesky trips to a bike shop to get rid of that clunking. Take charge of your handlebars. We'll show you how to do all this and more. Covering twist shifters, bar-ends, internally geared hubs, as needed.
Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Bring a shifting conundrum for our version of Stump the Chumps. Go for a ride on the beautiful American River Trail afterwards.
Where: 1114 C Street, Sac'to.
Come out and learn about chains.
When to lube and how. Lube options. How to measure the wear on your chain. How to open quick-links (power links). How to use a chain tool.
We'll show you how to do all this and more concentrating on conventional multi-speed bike chains.
Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Bring a chain conundrum for our version of Stump the Chumps. Go for a ride on the beautiful American River Trail afterwards.
Where: 1114 C Street, Sac'to.
Find out about options to standard drive systems: planetary gears, continuously variable transmission (CVT's), Capreo cassettes, Schlumpf drives, Rohloff Speedhub, and Patterson Metropolis 2-speed bottom-bracket / spider.
When are the different options appropriate? When are they on the edge? What works with what? How do you install?
We'll cover the highlights. There will be Show and Tell. Focus this week will be on the Patterson Drive. We'll put one on a test boom for a trike and see what it takes to do it.