Feb 28, 2018

Why Buy An Electric Car When An Electric Bike Will Do

In the last couple of years, electric bicycles have burst forth from the shadows into the mainstream and along the way have also become lighter, simpler to use, with bigger range, and more reliable than ever. In many cases, prices have also moderated and in some cases have come down significantly.

Gone are the days where you had to find a bike shop that was interested in and capable of installing an aftermarket kit on your existing bike. Today's e-bikes are sleek, well appointed, fully integrated, and can often be difficult to distinguish from regular non-electric bikes.

If you're honest with yourself and your personal driving habits, you'll begin to notice a couple of interesting things:

- your vehicle is parked 95% of the time
- most of your city trips are less than 10kms - see chart below
- the amount of treasure you sink into it is astonishingly high

The car trip distances above are shockingly short and easily covered by an electric bicycle. Why are you driving such short distances all the time?

When you begin to compare electric bicycles to electric cars the value proposition starts to look pretty compelling.

And we still haven't discussed the real physical health benefits that riding an electric bike offers its rider. Because the truth is, with today's generation of pedal-assist bicycles, you still have to work to make it go. No throttle means the systems only work when you are pedaling. You can choose the assist level you receive from pretty easy to full power to help flatten hills, shorten distance, and disappear headwinds.

All the while having fun.

We have curated a full spectrum of electric bikes for every city cycling style. Everything from the speedy commuter through to the family hauler extraordinaire. Bikes you can transport out of town on a car rack and bikes that can replace your car entirely. Scroll down to see the range available now.

All of our electric bikes are available for demo rides too. Pop by the shop to see them.

The City Commuter

Raleigh's value packed Detour iE is the perfect bike for those looking for a fun handling, lightweight city-styled bike with all the sensible commuter accessories included.  Utilizing Shimano's amazing STePS system, power is smooth and abundant with a range of almost 100kms between charges. A sturdy rear rack allows the use of a set of panniers to carry your stuff to work, pickup groceries on the way home, or attach a Thule baby seat to it and take your little one to daycare. Full coverage fenders keep road grime off you and your machine, and the included kickstand holds everything up. Our lightest electric bike and at $2500 there is no better value available anywhere.

The Light-Duty Cargo Commuter

You like the idea of the Raleigh above but know in your heart you're going to end up carrying more than it can handle. Or you have more than one child and want to accommodate them onboard too. Or you want some big balloonie tires to cushion your ride. If any of this makes sense to you, than the Benno Boost E is the bike for you. Sporting 2.6" wide balloon tires, a rear rack with 150lbs capacity, available front rack that can handle an additional 50lbs, this bike can handle the grocery run and multiple children at the same time. Powered by Bosch's industry-leading mid-drive system, this is your new Smart Car. Full fenders keep you clean, built-in high powered front and rear German-engineered lighting keeps you visible day and night, and a study kickstand makes loading up easy. Step-over and step-through frame designs available.

The Medium Duty Utility and Family Hauler

When I discovered Xtracycle back in 2008, it was the brand that caused us to trip and fall down the rabbit hole of cargo bikes/utility cycling - ultimately leading us to conceptualize and open BikeBike a couple years later. Since that time, they have continued to innovate and are still leaders in the cargo bike ecosystem here in North America.

Their bikes are supremely capable on so many levels: city commuters, grocery getters, kid haulers, family bike camping vehicles - the sky is the limit on what these bikes are capable of. Carry up to 3 children or 200lbs of whatever you want - these amazing bikes are super fun to ride, easy to operate, are available in electric and non-electric models. The electric models utilize the reliable Bosch unit as well.
Xtracycle Classic 8e

The 21st Century SUV's and Pickup Trucks

Haul all the children, gardening supplies, groceries, recycling, IKEA run - you name it with these incredible machines. The future of urban transportation has arrived and it looks a lot like these bikes. Capable of doing anything a car can do - in fact - they can be more useful than a car when moving bulky items around.

If you've ever been to Amsterdam or Copenhagen you've seen bikes like these zipping all over the place loaded with a manner of animals, humans, and stuff. It is difficult to understand how incredible these are until you've had a chance to ride one.

As expected, they also sit at the top of the price range but even then, they are still 1/4 the price of the cheapest electric car, can carry more stuff, are cheaper to operate - and you get fit while using it!
Larry Vs Harry eBullitt
Urban Arrow Family Model

If you are seriously contemplating the purchase of an electric automobile, you should come see us and check out what the future of transportation actually looks like. Many of our past customers have sold of one of their cars, took the proceeds and put them towards a cargo bike and have not regretted it for a minute.

Your kids with thank you. Your wallet with thank you. Your retirement savings with thank you. And your heart with thank you too.

Still not convinced? Watch this...

Feb 17, 2018

BikeBike Pop-Up Shop - Edmonton!

Hey Edmonton! The cutest little bike shop on the prairie is coming to your beautiful city.

We'll have bicycle and accessory brands on display that you've never had access to before. Incredible cargo bikes, practical city bikes, modern electric bikes, and a full collection of curated accessories from around the world.

Join our newsletter for exclusive updates and invite to the Grand Opening.

Opening Date: April 14 2018 at 10am
Closing Date: May 13 2018 at 6pm
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, Thursdays 10am to 8pm.
Location: 10816 Whyte Ave - Inside Kent of Inglewood

Dec 21, 2017

2017 Top #YYCBIKE Stories

A completely biased and wholly unscientific list of the top moments this year of cycling in Calgary, in no particular order.

Was there something we missed? Let us know!

Dec 16, 2017


We were spending too much time in the social media cesspool of negative cyclist opinion and it was bumming us out real bad, man - so decided to try and turn that frown upside down by asking our network why they choose to ride bikes.

As expected, the answers brightened our spirit and made us smile. The responses fell into a few key categories and here they all are for your enjoyment.

We hope you smile too.

Oh ya - we also ran a contest for a $20 gift card to our shop for those entries that tagged us. And the winner is.......you'll have to scroll to the bottom to find out.  Cheeky, we know.

Oct 18, 2017

New Brand Announcement: Say Hello To Benno Bikes

A little bit about Benno Bikes -

To many designers in the bike industry, the art of making simple casual bikes looks boring and is hardly worth their time. To me, it’s a challenge to inspire people to use their bike more often and incorporate cycling into their everyday life. It’s not about how far and fast you ride or how many calories you burn.  It’s about creating a more efficient and fun way to explore your town. I am just a simple guy that likes to ride his bike for fun and easy transportation. My objections and problems are the same as yours and if I can design a bike that inspires me to ride, I’m pretty sure you’ll like to ride it, too.

The Ballooner range. Upright enough, light enough, fun enough, cute enough to make your bicycle riding habit irresistible.