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Enjoy Your Commute and Save Money - Ride a Bike!

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Many know that Calgary has some of the most expensive parking rates in North America - with the average centre city monthly parking costing $400 per month.

Here are some prices I found with a quick search this morning -
- Impark $325-480 per month
- Calgary Parking Authority - $400-480 per month
- Calgary Transit Lots - $150 per month (incl. parking and transit pass)

So, without getting into how much your car costs per month to operate (insurance, gas, monthly payment, etc) it is pretty obvious that driving your car to work everyday is a very expensive way to commute.  Even if you can park for free at your place of work, you still need to incur all the normal operating costs associated with car ownership - which are begged at close to $10,000/year in Canada.

There is another option - ride your bike.

Alright, OK - I have heard all the reasons why riding a bike to work doesn't work for you (yes, you, especially you!).  There are a myriad of excuses people put up to make it seem li…

Batavus Breukelen

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A skid of Batavus Breukelen's are around the corner and due to arrive Wednesday this week - and we are really excited to be receiving more of them!

Some words direct from our supplier's website - "...the Breukelen is made special for the North American market. With its lightweight aluminum frame and seven speeds, the Breukelen can go anywhere, any distance, and over any terrain. With its matte black frame and clean Helvetica font, the Breukelen taps into the lifestyle market with its refined good looks and eminent no-frills practicality."

Yes!

There are some more words here and here offering more info on what makes these bikes so amazing. 

Come on by the shop later this week and take one for a test drive.  You won't regret it!

The Muppets Ride!

I grew up in the 80's and watched every single Muppet Show episode, and still ca't seem to get enough. So, when I saw this, I had to post it because it made me smile.

I hope you smile too!

2010 Brodie Remus

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Direct from the Brodie website - "The Remus is an easy choice for the minimalists in the crowd. A natural single speed out of the box, the rear flip flop hub lets you choose to run with the fixed gear crowd. A cromoly frame, slick reach-adjustable brake levers and high flange hubs make the Remus more than just a looker at a very wallet friendly price."
Stock Remus

We concur.

I picked up one of these for use as my daily commuting bike, and after a few modifications (which can be seen in the photos below) and a few longer rides I am happy to say that this machine is very fine indeed!  I elected to set mine up with a more upright position, full fenders, and fixed/brakeless.  Here are the changes I made:

- removal of stock bars, stem, brakes, and pedals
- addition of Velo Orange hammered fenders, Velo Orange bars, Cardiff leather Balmoral grips, and my own wheelset with a 15/18 fixed cogs.
Fender CloseUp
Glamour Shot

With a MSRP of $699, this bike is a very affordable option for t…