Aug 27, 2017

Castlegar -> Penticton on the Columbia Western and Kettle Valley Rail Trails

About to pedal off into the wilderness. From L to R: Jesse, Sean, Cory, and Tom.

A handful of us went on a 6-day rail trail adventure from Castlegar to Penticton on the Columbia Western and Kettle Valley rail lines. We drove a car out to Penticton then shuttled back to Castlegar and left another car there.

Weather conditions were HOT! No rain at all and the smokey air was never an issue - in fact, it seemed to get better as the trip went along. Even crazier: the day after we rolled through the Myra/McCullogh/Kelowna area a huge fire erupted not far from where we had been. That was close.

Please enjoy this photo essay of the adventure. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below.


Jul 4, 2017

The Hidden Costs of BSO's, Also Know As Department Store Bicycles


***This is a repost from our friends at the London Bicycle Cafe.***

So you're in the market for a new bike, something to get around town, visit your friends, go to the market, maybe ride the TVP on weekends. Why should you think about buying from a local bike shop instead of a department store? Canadian Tire, Walmart, Costco etc. sell bikes that come with a smaller initial price tag compared to what you find at our store. The smaller price tag can seem very appealing, especially if you're a price-conscious person. However, what you don't pay upfront at department stores, you'll almost certainly pay in the future. A bike from your local bike shop might last you decades, a bike from a department store is designed to be disposable after a year or two of riding. Here's our guide to why buying a quality bicycle from a local bike shop will result in you having a more fun with your bike, and why it will cost you less in the long run compared to a department store.


Jun 16, 2017

Gorge Creek Bikepacking Overnighter


In the summer of 2016 I had heard about a road that had been damaged by the 2013 floods and subsequently closed to vehicle traffic but still passable on a bicycle. I decided to go check it out and after finding the road, riding a few kilometres of it, studying Google maps, and checking out other info available, a plan was hatched to use it in an overnight loop.

Gorge Creek Road is a connector road between the southern end of Maclean Creek Road to the Sheep River Road (Hwy 536). It is just over 21kms in length but what makes it special is the middle 10kms is now closed to vehicle traffic and is essentially abandoned. Our plan was to start at the Fisher Creek picnic area in Maclean Creek, ride down to Gorge Creek, stay the night somewhere along the Gorge Creek road, then loop out and back to the cars using the Sheep River Road, RR34A, TR202, RR40, TR202A, RR42, then Hwy 549 back into Maclean Creek.


Apr 13, 2017

5 Great City Bikes For Urban Life In Calgary

Urban cycling, errand running, and riding to work or school are some of the easiest ways to develop a new cycling habit and offer their own set of challenges and rewards. As anyone who regularly picks up groceries-by-bike will tell you - there is something truly gratifying about this simple, often mundane task, and running errands by bike can offer door-to-door parking making schlepping things around incredibly fast and easy. Cycling to school or work also have their own set of circumstances, depending on what you need to wear at work and how far you need to go.

Need to be presentable/professional looking at work? Perhaps a bike that has full fenders and a rack. Is where you live too far away from work to cycle the whole way? Maybe a folding bike and a transit pass are in your future. Or is cheap and cheerful, simple and bulletproof more your speed? Options exist.

With those things in mind, here are a handful of bicycles available this season that we feel offer a little something for everyone and every budget.


Mar 29, 2017

New Brand Announcement - Hello! Surly Bikes!

Utility. Versatility. Durability.

That it has taken us this long to get this brand in our store is probably worthy of a separate ranty post about the vagarities of the mainstream bike biz, but in an effort to stay positive and keep on keepin' on, we are really happy to finally have Surly Bikes in our shop - a brand that encompasses the same ethos as us: bikes for regular people, who like to do regular bikey things, in regular clothes, and sometimes get a little adventerous too. Kinda like Diana Prince most of the time with a dose of Wonder Woman here and there.

Carry everything. - via Surly's website