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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for booking a tour?

  • We accept major credit cards, Venmo, Paypal, and cash. Deposits are required.  

  • We require a minimum of two riders for all tours. All tours are private. 

  • Riders must be at least 18 with valid identification to participate in our e-bike tours.

  • The minimum age to ride is 13, but a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

  • Bikes can accommodate riders up to 250 lbs. 

  • Riders under 5’3” should be comfortable with starting and stopping an e-bike.

  • We provide helmets, high-vis vests and gloves.

  • Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. I prefer bubble slides. 

  • Any damages to the e-bike or property will be the rider’s responsibility. I expect you to be hard on the brakes, which is considered normal wear and tear. 

  • Before the tour, guests must sign both the Liability Waiver and Yosemite E-Biking Acknowledgement forms. You can sign in person when you get here via my iPad. 
     

  • Why Choose Yosemite E-Biking for Your Next Adventure?
     

  • Yosemite E-Biking isn't just about exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Mariposa County and the Sierra Foothills; it's about experiencing the thrill of adventure with a touch of personal flair. Our tours are meticulously designed to cater to both the adrenaline junkie and the serene soul, offering a unique blend of excitement and tranquility amidst nature's wonders.
     

  • Can I Customize My E-Biking Tour?
     

  • Absolutely! We believe every adventure should be as unique as you are. Whether you're craving a heart-pumping journey through rugged terrains or a peaceful ride along scenic vistas, our expert guide, Chris, is ready to tailor your tour to your preferences. Want to add a touch of yoga, rock climbing, or even gold panning to your e-biking experience? Just let us know, and we'll make it happen.
     

  • What Makes Our E-Bikes Special?
     

  • Our custom e-bikes are equipped with all the bells and whistles to ensure a comfortable and safe ride. From mirrors and bells for safety to tassels and fun helmets for style, we've thought of everything. And with bikes that can accommodate riders up to 250 lbs and a range of sizes for those under 5’3”, we ensure everyone can enjoy the thrill of e-biking.
     

  • How Do We Prioritize Safety and Comfort?
     

  • Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. That's why we provide high-quality helmets, high-visibility vests, and gloves for all our riders. Our professional guide, Chris, with over 10,000 miles of biking experience in the area, is not only passionate about adventure but also deeply committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
     

  • What Sets Our Snack Game Apart?
     

  • As the self-proclaimed "snack-providing king," Chris ensures that every tour is stocked with delicious drinks and snacks. Enjoy gourmet treats at the most picturesque spots in Mariposa County, making your e-biking adventure as delightful to the taste buds as it is to the soul.
     

  • Ready to Capture Your Adventure?
     

  • Don't forget to bring your camera! Mariposa and the Sierra Foothills are filled with stunning landscapes that beg to be captured. And with Chris's handy selfie stick, you're sure to get the perfect shot to remember your adventure by.
     

  • How to Prepare for Your E-Biking Tour?
     

  • Dressing appropriately for the weather is key, as temperatures in Mariposa can vary. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are a must, and we recommend bringing sunglasses and sunblock to protect against the California sun. And while gratuity isn't required, it's always appreciated for exceptional service.
     

  • Ready for an Unforgettable Journey?
     

  • Yosemite E-Biking is more than just a tour; it's an adventure that promises fun, exploration, and memories that last a lifetime. Whether you're a seasoned e-biker or new to the thrill, we're here to make your journey unforgettable.

What's included in the tour? 

  • A custom e-bike equipped with mirrors, bells, tassels, and a comfortable seat.

  • Safety equipment, including fun helmets. Who doesn’t like flare? I wear blue fox ears – who gets the unicorn horn, brown fox ears, or rainbows is up to you. 

  • Drinks and snacks to be enjoyed at the most picturesque spots in Mariposa County. I’m the snack-providing king. 

  • A professional guide with 10,000 miles of biking experience in this area and a heart for adventure and storytelling.

What should I bring? 

  • Camera for capturing the stunning Sierra Foothills. I have a selfie stick. 

  • Sunglasses.

  • Sunblock.

  • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes or sneakers.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather, keeping in mind that temperatures can vary.

  • Gratuity for exceptional service is always appreciated.

  • Who is the tour guide?
    Chris Van Leuven, a Mariposa local rock climber, e-bike enthusiast, and award winning journalist. Learn more about him here.
  • Are there restrooms along our route?
    Yes. There are two restrooms at our meeting location.
  • What should I wear?
    Remember, it’s essential to dress comfortably. Bicycle shorts are not necessary. Closed-toe shoes are suggested for safety. Dress in layers in the winter (which is the best time to visit, in my opinion. In cooler months, a wind-resistant outer layer is recommended. If it’sit’s unexpectedly cool, we’ll come up with solutions. The real issue here is heat – it gets hot in summer. Mariposa County can be cooler than surrounding areas, and there’s also the breeze while the e-bike is in motion.
  • Are there stops along the route?
    We stop several times to rest, eat and take photos.
  • Do I need to have experience to participate in e-biking or rock climbing?
    Not at all! Yosemite E-biking has taken people of all ages and experience levels on tours customized for them. Please let Chris any concerns or questions you may have.
  • What are the E-bikes like?
    The Aventon Aventure e-bike and the Aventon Level e-bike used on your tour are designed to offer a comfortable and easy-to-use riding experience. The Aventon Aventure e-bike comes equipped with a suspension fork and wide tires, providing a smooth and comfortable ride on a variety of terrains, whether you're riding on paved roads or off-road trails. Similarly, the Aventon Level e-bike is designed for comfort and ease of use. The bike's lightweight design makes it easy to maneuver. The bike also comes equipped with a comfortable saddle and ergonomic grips, ensuring a comfortable ride even on longer journeys.
  • Why should I choose a guided tour?
    Because it took me hundreds of hours to learn all the roads and trails around here, I had to dial them in to know how long batteries last on each, where to cool off on hot days, etc., where to plug in for a recharge, what is needed, and what is not. I’ve lived in this area since 1995, love it, and enjoy showing people the most beautiful places on earth.
  • How long is the drive to Mariposa from Yosemite Valley?
    1 hour from the 140 entrance gate. 1.5 hours from the 41 and 120 entrance gates.

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