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Dec 31, 2018

Planning Your First Bike Overnight

"Thinking about something is often far more daunting than actually doing the thing"

~ Me

Planning your first bike touring trip or bike-overnight can seem like a daunting affair - especially if you're not used to camping. But with some careful planning, route selection, not biting off too big a challenge your first time out, and the right mix of gear, it can open the door to a great experience and whet your whistle to do more trips, longer trips, and more adventurous (remote) adventures.

Nov 6, 2018

BikeBike 2.0 - Canada's First Everyday Adventure Boutique

What is an "Everyday Adventure Boutique"? 

We've always been focused on everyday transport cycling since we first opened the doors in February 2010. When we opened almost a decade ago, we felt that the bike shop ecology in Calgary was really one dimensional - focused almost exclusively on sport cycling, dominated by the same me-too brands in every store, and lacking in diversity - and we all know diversity helps any ecosystem be more resilient and healthy. In this case, we're talking about the bicycle culture ecosystem in Calgary.

There was no place to buy traditional European-styled, upright city bikes, bike mounted baby seats, or even good quality baskets. Most shops had zero idea what a cargo bike was or why you'd even want one. Even touring/adventure bikes were almost non-existent in the marketplace - you'd be lucky to find a dusty model jammed in the corner of your local shop.

We set out to bring these practical, durable, capable, and fun to ride bikes to you - and at the same time get more bums on seats - in an effort to change the bicycle ecology in Calgary for the better. We feel like we've succeeded so far but there is more work to be done.

The Boutique or perhaps Atelier part is easy: Small is beautiful. We're small on purpose. We feature unique and hard to find products, imported from all around the globe - in a store designed to be peaceful, comfortable, and with a focus on your experience.

We're focused on getting you setup with the right bike - For You - not just a bike that might happen to be sitting on our sales floor in a size that might work for you. We've worked hard to curate a large range of bike brands, in all styles - whether you're after a full suspension electric mountain bike, a classic do-it-all city commuter, or a touring rig you're going to ride around the world - or anything in between - your bike is uniquely you and you deserve exactly what you're looking for.

Our workshop is located in the store and all manner of projects happen there: Whether it's standard repairs to customer bikes, custom builds for customers, wheel building, or new bike assemblies - the wizard behind the bike stand is always present, though he may not be wearing a pointy hat.

Experience a guided test ride. Touch and feel that lock you're interested in. See how parts and accessories are suppose to work on your bike. Enjoy a coffee and one of Nadia's amazing baked goods around our table with us. Relax for a few moments. You deserve it.

Oct 27, 2018

Now Available on The Prairies: Riese & Muller Electric Bicycles

Riese and Muller's humble beginnings in the early 1990's started with 2 friends designing a revolutionary folding bike in their garage and has since expanded into one of the planet's most innovative e-bike manufacturers with retailers across the globe.

R&M believe the electric bicycle is the future of transportation and are bringing to market bikes that offer incredible ride qualities, very high quality construction, and flawless operation.

Oct 4, 2018

Say Hello To Tout Terrain Bikes And Trailers - Now Available In Canada

Different Pedal Strokes For Different Pedaling Folks. So many possibilities exist when every bike is custom designed.

tout terrain has been around now for a dozen years or so, quietly turning out innovative city and adventure bikes mostly for the European market but recognized around the world as some of the most durable, capable, bomb-proof, and fun-to-ride bike models around.

Oct 2, 2018

Bike Touring Quebec's P'Tit Train Du Nord

Through all the years of doing various bike tours and bikepacking trips, one thing has been a constant: Nadia has never come along. There were many reasons for that: the trips we've been doing look crazy to her, far too difficult, painful, cold/uncomfortable, she will not ride on highways, and especially her medical condition (she has an ileostomy) made the idea of bike adventures like that hard for her to contemplate.

But something clicked in her about a year ago and she began to see past those things and realized how much fun I was having and decided she wanted a piece of that fun too. So, one day, she asked me: "Do you think you could plan a bike tour that I could do?" - to which I replied "Of course!" So planning began for a bike touring trip and we quickly zoned in on Le P'Tit Train Du Nord in Quebec because it ticked all the boxes we needed for a fun first trip: basically flat, hotels instead of camping, we love visiting Quebec, no highways involved.

So off we went and here is our trip report. Leave us a comment if you have any questions.

Aug 13, 2018

Bikepacking The Elk Valley To Kimberley On The Great Trail

Last year a small group of us rode the Castlegar to Penticton segment of The Great Trail and it was really great. That trip opened my eyes to some of what the "Trans Canada Trail" (now known as The Great Trail) had to offer and I began investigating more areas that might be fun for multiday adventures. The Trail itself actually runs right through Calgary and that got me thinking: What if I could one day ride out my front door and onto a big segment of the trail? While that didn't happen this time, it just might in the future after doing this trip.

I had a few more days of planned holidays (with no corresponding activity plan) and decided to give this trip a go. I had also received a brand new bike from a brand new vendor to the shop and thought why not ride it to get a real sense of what it could do.

After deciding on the route, Nadia gratiously offered to drop me off in Peter Lougheed Park and pick me up from Kimberley at the end of my journey. If that's not true love, I'm not sure what is :)

 Please enjoy this photo essay and if you have any questions, leave us a comment, drop us a line on Twitter, FB, or IG. Cheers!

Jul 25, 2018

Canmore -> Elbow Lake -> Bragg Creek Underbiking

#Underbiking - To ride an inappropriate bike on a route (at least, that's what I think it means).

With a surprise activity free weekend available, and Nadia agreeing to do shuttle duties, a plan was hatched to ride a new-to-me route from Canmore to Elbow Lake campground, then from there out to Bragg Creek where I'd get picked up.

Little did I know how big a bite I bit off...