Nov 28, 2015

Financing Now Available!

Big news, that's been a long time coming!



I am sure we can all agree, the sticker price of a new cargobike (or any high quality machine) can sometimes be more then most of us can afford all at once, making it difficult to add a new vehicle to your family's transport options.

After much searching and interviewing of potential partners, we have finally found a financing partner - Financeit - based in Toronto, Ontario that offers fair rates, easy application processes, and no hidden fees or charges. At 12.99% (plus a small account setup fee) their rate is very reasonable and you can take as short or as long as you want to pay off the loan. Of course, paying if off as fast as possible is in your best interest and they make that part easy to with no penalties for early/immediate repayment.

Their app-based application can pre-qualify you in minutes right here in the shop - or - you can submit the forms from the comfort of your own home, at a time that works best for you.

We'll be up-and-running with program starting December 1 2015. If you have any questions about the program, just drop us an email, give us a ring, or pop into the shop when you get a chance.

Felice Ciclismo!


Nov 21, 2015

2015 Urban Cycling Gift Guide

Looking for a cycling related gift for the urban cyclist on your list?  We've put together a collection of unique, functional, and stylish ideas to keep your favorite biker rolling.

Abus Helmet

Abus has made a name for itself in our shop for ultra-high quality bike locks but has also been making helmets for years, including the Hyban and Urban V-1 which come stock with a tail light built into the back the helmet and lots of fun colours (as well as few understated colours too).


Lezyne Light

Know for their engineering and design, Lezyne's range of lighting products are easy to use, USB rechargeable, and feature a "gas gauge" which tells you when your battery life is running low. We have plenty of price point options to fit every budget.


Swrve Jeans

Swrve has been our go to trouser supplier for many years now because, quite simply, they fit great, look great, and ride great. There are many styles to choose from - cordura jeans, durable cotton trousers, and even lined/insulated winter pants that will keep you looking good and keep you warm in dry all winter long.


Abus Lock

Bike theft in Calgary is on a meteoric rise these last few years, choosing the right bike lock is more important then ever. Quite simply - if your lock isn't heavy enough to give that crack-addict-bike-thief a head injury - it is also not secure enough. Abus' "Bordo" range of locks meet the above criteria and also come with a handy bike mounted holster making biking/transporting that heavy lock easy and convenient.


Boombotix

Give the gift of music - booming, awesome sounding music that is also water and shock resistant. Riding with tunes is always nice, but instead of headphones and the subsequent "tune-out" of the environment around you, why not consider a Boombotix. Put it on your bike, your backpack, or bring along hiking or camping - Boombotix sound systems are USB rechargeable, Bluetooth compatible, and ultra portable.


Buff

Everyone that cycles through the winter months has their own piece of gear or clothing that makes the difference between being super comfy or downright miserable. For us, that key item is a Buff neckwarmer. Cheap and cheerful, multifunctional, and useful for everything from skiing, waiting for the bus, or cycling to work.


Barmitts

Having a hard time keeping your digits warm in winter? You might want to consider adding a set of pogies to your bike. Barmitts pogies allow you to use a much thinner glove offering more comfort and control throughout the winter. There are models for all styles of bikes - mountain bikes, commuter/city style bikes, and road bikes.


Studded Tires

The ultimate winter cycling product for Calgary's crazy winters. Our notorious freeze/thaw cycle can create really variable road conditions that can change by the hour. Spikey rubber can give you the extra confidence to tackle winter head-on, vanquishing thoughts of crashing or sliding out on ice. Available in most sizes for most bikes on the market.




Gift Cards

Give the gift of...the perfect gift! No more guessing. No more mistakes. Just the promise of something super rad from our shop. Available in any denomination you like.
 


Nov 10, 2015

New Cargobike Announcement: The Haul-A-Day by Bike Friday

We are very excited to be bringing one of the only (affordable) North American made cargobikes to Canada - say hello to Bike Friday's Haul-A-Day longtail cargobike.

Bike Friday (the company) has been hand making travel bikes in Oregon since 2001. Initially they focused on bicycles for people to use travelling all over the world. In 2008 they began to focus on the urban market with a model called the "tikit" and it wasn't too long before the Haul-A-Day was born out of a super successful Kickstarter campaign.

We bought into that Kickstarter campaign (a frameset/wheels) thinking and hoping that this bike could be an answer to one of our biggest challenges which was: Where is the one-size-fits-all cargobike demanded by the market? In our shop, one of our challenges was fitting the wildly different heights of many couples who want a cargobike. We bought the bike hoping it could answer this puzzle and we are delighted to report it has.


Ikea run to pick up display cabinets for the shop.

With the purchase of the bare frameset/wheels we set about assembling our bike with a mostly SRAM Via 2x10 group with mechanical disc brakes. We added the front rack/basket but I neglected to purchase a set of bags for the back so I rigged up a set of OG Xtracycle slings from my "tall cargobike" with some creative zip-tying and an extra polo mallet shaft.

VOILA! We're rolling!

Fits little cargonistas so perfectly you only need one hand to ride it.

What makes the Haul-A-Day so unique is its ability to fit anyone from 4'0" to 6'7" (1.2m - 2.0m) tall with a maximum rider weight of 220lbs (100kgs). The way this is done is through an innovative telescoping mainframe, super adjustable seatpost, and stem/handlepost.

Also unique is its weight. Weighing in around 35lbs it is one of the lightest cargobikes on the market, making it east to carry up a few flights of stairs or move around. Its lightweight also makes it feel really zippy and maneuverable, super fun to ride, and it goes uphill better then most cargobikes on the road today.

Braking is handled by dual disc brakes and gearing options are as varied as your imagination - the sky really is the limit.

The front basket can handle an additional 50lbs.
Every Haul-A-Day is custom, made-to-order in Eugene, Oregon, giving you the ability to choose exactly the right configuration for you and your family's needs. For inspiration, have a look at photos here.

Need to transport your Haul-a-Day on a vehicle? No problem! It can fit on most standard rear racks, roof racks, and bus racks too! You may simply need to adjust the frame to its smallest setting and spin the front wheel around (have a look at the photo link above).


6 bundles of firewood isn't a problem at all.



Our shop demo has arrived and is available for test rides. We can configure it to hold 2 Yepp Maxi seats, one Maxi and a Burley Piccolo (needs a special adapter), or with a simple handlebar arrangement for older children you can also pull a trailer for even more cargo/kid carrying capacity.

Our 24D demo bike, complete with floorboards, seat pad, and security ring.

One of the truly unique features of the Haul-a-Day is it's ability to be stored standing up, essentially taking up the same amount of space as a loaded coat rack and making it possible to take it into smaller elevators.

Modern day coat rack.
If you're thinking about a new cargobike and lightweight or compact storage are serious concerns, you should definitely give this new kid on the cargobike block a look and test ride.

Our demo is available for you to try for a day, a weekend, or even a week - making it easy to find your own way into your cargobike lifestyle.

Every bike is custom ordered, in the configuration that works best for you and your needs. We also have an option available for custom cargo bags through a California company called Carsick Designs.

Thanks for reading.


Oct 15, 2015

Bikepacking the Bitterroot Loop

A customer of ours turned us onto the existence of the Bitterroot Loop 300km, mostly rail-trail ride while in the store one day, getting his bike tuned up before he headed down to ride it. He was doing it as a 5-day motel-stay tour but suggested it was doable as a 3-day campout as well.

The loop is a combination of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, sections of the NorPac Rail Trail, the Route of the Hiawatha, and the Old Milwaukee Road - as well as a short section of highway.

My (Sean's) interest was peaked and a plan was quickly formulated for me to sneak away for 5 days in early October to tackle the ride. The weather forecast looked perfect and the drive down could be done in a day. I left Monday morning, arrived in Wallace, ID that evening, and headed out on the loop Tuesday morning.

Please enjoy this photo essay detailing some aspects of the tour.


Sep 20, 2015

Our Favorite Calgary Rides - Bow River Explorer

This ride is part of a series of rides around Calgary. All rides are mostly off-street/pathway and are of varying lengths/difficulty level to accomodate all of you that love adventures.

The longer routes do require some level of route finding/navigating as Calgary does not yet have very good route finding system. We've attached links to Map My Ride routes to make it really easy to use your smartphone. 

(We are not recommending Map My Ride's app but we've successfully used it all ove rthe world to find and follow routes. It's free but does require a data plan).


Other rides in the series - 

* Nosehill Up-And-Over

* Fish Creek Loop


* Pathway 100km
The route.
Distance: 31km
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ride Time: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2hrs
MapMyRide Route Link:  http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1177122353

This is our go-to ride for anyone looking for a great introduction to cycling in Calgary. This loop is easy to navigate, entirely on river paths, has plenty of views, rest spots, food options, and access to other neighbourhoods in the city.

If you only have time for one adventure while visiting, this is your ride.

The Peace Bridge, or as Ms. BikeBike likes to call it, the `Kisses and Hugs Bridge`due to its interlocking x`s and o`s.


Heading east on the Bow River Pathway on of the first sights you'll see is the Peace Bridge. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this bridge is a great place to stop, take your picture, or otherwise hang out for awhile. There are often musicians on the bridge and it is a great place to people watch.

Just west of the bridge is Prince's Island/Eau Claire district which is a worthy detour or rest spot.

The Simmons Building, now home to 3 of the tastiest food purveyors in the city: Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Charcut, and Phil&Sebastien Coffee. Great spot for a coffee, pastry, or something bigger.
 In the East Village district stands the historic Simmons Building, now home to great food options from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Phil and Sebastian Coffee, and Charbar. Grab a pastry or lunch, a killer coffee, or a gourmet meal on the rooftop - if you pass by here, you'll regret it.

Trust us.

What we like to call "The Dark Crystal" - sculpture/viewpoint over the Bow River Weir.
After you're full of goodness, continue east along the pathway. After a few minutes you'll spot this beautiful oasis of rock and steel. "The Dark Crystal" (our name) is a great viewpoint/rest stop to see the Bow River Weir which is also the headwaters of the Western Irrigation District Canal.

This is also a favorite meetup spot for rides and folks in town who enjoy #coffeeoutside.

From this point, you'll continue east through Pearce Estates - but be sure to go up and over the first roadway you encounter, make a hard left, and start heading west along the north side of the river.

Keep an eye on the map/link we provided and make sure you keep heading west past the Calgary Zoo, St. Patricks Island - again, heading west along the northside of the Bow River towards Edworthy Park.

An atypical storm outflow transformed into a beautiful sculpture on the pathway near Edworthy Park.



The long section of pathway along the northside of the river from the zoo to Edworthy Park parallels Memorial Drive, passing the neighbourshoods of Sunnyside and Kensington (among others), westward. History buffs may enjoy a stop at Poppy Plaza along the way towards our eventual turnaround point, Angle's snack shack and Edworthy Park.

Affectionately known by local cyclists as "the snack shack, it morphed over the years into Angel's which has snacks as well as lunch items and features live music on some summer evenings.


Edworthy Park is your eventual spot to start heading back to our shop. The area was originally a ranch but eventually absorbed by a growing city. Ken eyes may notice the "Brickburn" sign along the train tracks. This area also supported a brickworks - remnants of which can be found by looking in just the right spot.

Edworthy Park is the western most point of this ride. Lots of history to be found here as well as parks, playgrounds, picnic spots, river access, and hiking trails.
Once you're over the bridge, make sure you look for the entrance to the Douglas Fir Trail. This walking trail is beautiful, kinda challenging, and one-of-kind. There are bike racks conveniently located at the west entrance too.

 A secret hiking gem that many in Calgary have no idea exists. 

You're now only a few kilometres away from the end of the loop. Keep an eye open for the Pumphouse Park/Theatre and the pathway leading back towards our shop. Or, continue back towards downtown Calgary and continue your adventure.

Aug 23, 2015

Calgary's First Cargobike Roll Call and Family Picnic

Huge shoutout to all the families that joined us for the meetup and picnic! Great fun, and so much inspiration!
Much bocce ball and BBQ was enjoyed, along with discussions with owners of the ins-and-outs of their particular cargobikes.

We're already planning for 2016 - hope to see you there!










  • Jun 23, 2015

    One Night Out On A Bike

    When people talk about bicycle touring the image that come to mind more often then not is something that looks like this - - -



    - - - and conjures up images of long, multiple days in the saddle, riding across Canada or some such "crazy" adventure requiring quitting your job, growing dreadlocks, and not having a shower for weeks at a time.

    Truth is, touring by bike can be just like that. Or it can be so much simpler and still offer the feeling of being away from civilization - even if it's only for a single night.


    Jun 11, 2015

    Larry Vs Harry Cargobikes Are Here!

    We love cargobikes, no secret there. They are powerful, transformative machines that make our individual lives better (freedom of utility and from debt), they make our communities better (quieter and more friendly then cars), and they make our cities better (less congestion, less pollution, safer roads).

    There are a myriad of options available on the market these days and it seems like there is a new design popping up almost monthly - but sometimes sticking close to tradition and instead improving upon tried-and-true designs isn't always a bad idea.

    Enter Larry Vs Harry and their renowned Bullitt "long john" styled cargobike.
    At rest in one of Calgary's brand new cycletracks.
    If there is one complaint we might have about most of the "bakfiets" or "long john" style cargobikes we've sold, ridden, and serviced is their usually very heavy weight and often narrow gear range that makes navigating the hilly terrain of Calgary a struggle for some, and impossible for others.

    As a result, our shop sells a good number of "longtail" styled cargobikes from manufacturers like Yuba and Xtracycle because they offer both lower overall weight and much wider (think MTB-type gear range) gearing making getting uphill with a load of groceries or children or both much more comfortable.

    Side panel kit with cover installed.

    When the principles at Larry Vs Harry decided to design a new cargobike, one of their primary aims was to take what is normally a slow handling/heavy bike and instead keep all the utility that the "long john" style offers but make it more sporty, lighter, and quicker handling - all of which have been realized on the Bullitt.

    Another great option about the Bullitt is the ability to have it spec'd out the way uou want. You choose your colour, your parts kit, and any accessories you'd like - in many ways, the customization is similar to what Brompton offers. Come to think of it, you could tote your custom Brompton around on your custom Bullitt!

    Bankview gang members on patrol.
    Bullitt's are also a great option for entrepreneurs looking for a cargobike to use as a bike-based business. Fast and light - just add your own custom box to carry your goods and you're set. We have a connection to a friend of ours who is a cabinet maker and could fabricate a box out of marine-grade wood in the style you need to carry your goods. Looking for inspiration? Check out the Bullitt Flickr Group and this Google Image link.

    Our first shipment of these amazing bikes have landed at the shop and we do have a demo unit available for test ride. All 4 bikes are spec'd with the 3x9 mtb-style gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, and the honeycomb deck (go to the builder here).

    Come on by and check them out!

    Jun 9, 2015

    New Brand Announcement - XTRACYCLE Cargobikes

    My personal journey into the world of cargobikes (and subsequent tumble down the rabbit hole towards creating BikeBike) started in a rather humble way - purchasing a relatively unknown product called the "Freeradical" from a local shop that was going out of business back in 2007.

    This humble little add-on that basically transforms a standard bicycle into a "longtail" cargobike completely changed my life and opened doors to worlds I hadn't really dreamed of.

    Car-free living in Calgary?! Now totally possible. 

    Fostering of a deeper connection to my city? I totally get it. 

    Choosing to spend more locally instead of driving halfway across the city to get a "deal" at Costco? Way more satisfying!

    And the list goes on to this day.

    Tankbike was a revelation that eventually lead me to research the phenomena of cargobikes of all kinds and who/where/why/what were offering them across North America. It didn't take long to see that there were quite a few shops who were focusing on city/cargo/family bikes and before I knew it I was in the midst of an "entrepreneurial seizure" that eventually lead to the birth of BikeBike in 2010.

    Tankbike at rest in North Glenmore Park

    Easily the heaviest bike I'd ever owned and easily the funnest bike I ever built.
    Xtracycle has always had a special place in my heart and now we're finally offering them for sale at the shop!

    Things have changed a lot since those early days and so has the products available from Xtracycle. The Freeradical is no longer available (although, there is a new design in the works) but in its place, a complete bike has emerged called the Edgerunner which in our view is the best longtail design available on the market today.

    2016 Edgerunner/Bosch mid-drive electric version

    Xtracycle has always been a little cheeky :)
    There are a few Edgerunner models available, starting with the 24D at the bottom of the range and going all the way up to the Bosch-equipped electric model. One thing that makes these bikes so nice for use in Calgary is they all come with MTB-style gearing and disc brakes out of the box. Super-low gear range for crawling up the many hills in this city and powerful disc-brakes to slow you - and your precious cargo -  down no matter where your travels take you.

    We've got a demo model available to try out and/or rent out for a few days if you're interested in a longer-term test.

    Bikes are now starting to arrive and more models will be available as they trickle into Canada.

    You'll be blown away by how fun these bikes are to ride - loaded or unloaded! 

    May 29, 2015

    New Brand Announcement - Papillionaire Bicycles

    Bike from Jonathan DeNicholas on Vimeo.

    Some words directly from Papillionaire's site -

    Papillionaire Bicycles was founded in Australia in 2009 by Alan Caras, he was soon joined by his sister, Nicola Baker.  Our aim is to integrate bike-riding seamlessly into your everyday life. Whether you’re in jeans, a dress, a suit or flip-flops, riding a Papillionaire is easy, clean and fun, with each model customizable to suit your own unique style. We've worked tirelessly to create bikes not only chic and modern, but built to last a lifetime, bringing classic European design to the streets of the US.





    The secret to the amazing ride quality of Papillionaire's bikes starts with the frameset: made from very high quality 4130 cromoly (not basic high-tensile steel, like the rest of their competitors) and featuring lugged construction (instead of their competitors TIG-welded design) - these bikes feel lighter and faster then other similarly styled bicycles.

    Speaking of style - Papillionaire's colour stands out from the pack and features durable powder coated paint, colour matched fenders, chainguard, and rear rack creating a complete package that turns heads wherever you go and offers the functionality to make it your daily errand/grocery runner too.


    With 4 models to choose from, there is a little bit of everything for every taste. Available in singlespeed, 3-speed, or 8-speed (we usually stock just 8-speeds) gives you pricepoints for every budget as well.

    Pop in soon and take one for a test ride!