WE'RE OBSESSED WITH CANNONDALE'S SYNAPSE SERIES
With component packages spanning the whole range from weekend warrior right on into pro cyclist (with electronic options too!), the Synapse really is the whole package. This bike can really do anything, and it seems to fit just about everyone. Just about everyone who takes it for a spin talks about how light, floaty and smooth it is, and how fast and responsive it feels. Built for soaking up rough roads (there's a reason it's the bike of choice for the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix), the Synapse is our top choice for the rough roads of the Bay Area. Complete bikes start at $1150, and you can demo a Synapse Carbon Hi-Mod for $100/day, or rent a Synapse 105 monthly for $240/month.
HOT TAKE: E-BIKES AREN'T CHEATING
Hopefully this isn't as hot of a take as it might've been a couple years ago, and you're reading this while rolling your eyes at us. But we're here to make it clear: e-bikes are not a crutch! E-bikes are a whole new level of cycling, as different from an analog bike (yeah, we said analog) as an acoustic guitar is from a Flying V. E-bikes open up whole new vistas of opportunity, not because they make it easier to get places (though they definitely can do that) but because having the energy to conquer that one big hill means that all the roads behind it are suddenly accessible. More rides, more speed, more distance, more fun.