Showing posts from February, 2013

Exclusive 1st Look - 2014 Salsa Beargrease Carbon

New stuff is always exciting and with fatbiking being on the front edge of newness it is probably fair to expect that there would be lots of new developments in this exploding segment of the bike market.

Well, here is some seriously awesome newness.

Enjoy a couple photos of Salsa's new carbon Beargrease. More info coming soon.

In the meantime, start saving your pennies (or dollars) and get in line for one of these beauties!

Transportation Cycling is Rising Fast in Calgary!

Calgary's bicycle advocacy organization - - has been doing amazing work these last few years and it seems to be paying off.

The City of Calgary has deemed bicycles as an important and necessary component of the overall transportation mix and has finally (in the last few years) begun to aggressively pursue more bike friendly streets and infrastructure.

The great folks at BikeCalgary deserve your praise and support!  Many thanks BikeCalgary!

Today they released an interesting infographic showing quite clearly that bicycle use is on a dramatic rise here - have a look -

What are your observations?

Retro Rides are the new Gran Fondos

If you are into riding road bikes for recreation or perhaps competition you have no doubt heard the term "gran fondo" mentioned by your friends or maybe read about such events.  While the term may be new to us in North America, these events - previously called cyclosportif rides, or randonees, or audax rides - are not and have been going on for as long as people have been racing bikes.

Most of these events are not for the faint of heart, or lungs, or legs - and take place over sometimes very long distances (200+kms) so participation in them is usually limited to the "lycra-clad" folks.  
However, the times are changing.  Events are starting to pop up all over the world that appeal to a more casual bike enthusiast - think Tweed Run - but also events of a slightly longer, more adventurous nature are also becoming popular.
I came across these three events and wanted to share them because I think they reflect back to us a new found love of the bicycle and all that it o…

Calgary Company Sets Up Own Bikeshare System

A local Calgary company came up with a unique way to get between their offices and their clients offices that doesn't involve taxis or personal vehicles - they setup their own bikeshare system.  

We are really proud to have been able to help Matrix Solutions get this program up and running and without further adieu, I'll leave it to Scott to explain why they decided totake this bold step -

CBC Eyeopener interviews Scott Meyers from Matrix Solution

Metro Calgary Coverage

"When we started working on the idea to start a bike share for our coworkers we had to decide on a bike that would serve our purposes.  We desired a bike that would be sturdy, reliable, safe, and stylish.  We wanted to find a bike that would accommodate the largest number of rider sizes and abilities, as well as something that would be safe and fun to ride.  We were also looking for something that would be relatively maintenance free as we didn’t want a mechanic on staff to look after our fleet of …