Nov 3, 2016

BikeBike's Kids Bike Trade Up Program

When it comes to fitting kids on bikes, safety, fit, and lightweight are the most important considerations. Safe and a good fit to us mean that the child can safely mount/dismount the bike, operate the controls with confidence, and a lightweight bike is just more fun to ride then a heavy bike. Imagine how much fun you'd (not) be having on a 100lbs bike!

Low quality bikes, like the units you find at mass retailers like Canadian Tire, Walmart, Costco, and Sport Chek are simply not designed to stand up to the rigours kids put them through, and more importantly - are designed to be as cheap as possible resulting in poor riding performance and durability over time. Add in that these bikes are rarely assembled by professional mechanics and you've got a recipe for an lame bike riding experience for your children.



Oct 26, 2016

So, You Want To Start A Winter Cycling Habit?

So, you've been cycling during the summer season and you've been thinking about staying on the bike into the colder part of the year but are nervous about what riding bikes in the winter might be like?  

We've got your back. 

Have a read through these crowd sourced suggestions from those who absolutely love winter cycling. If you have any comments or questions not answered, leave us a comment and we'll get it answered.

Happy Winter!


Oct 19, 2016

Bikepacking The Bitterroot Loop 2.0

Last year, I rode the Bitterroot Loop solo and upon my return, my brother was intrigued by the adventure and decided we wanted to give it a go too. So, here we are again.

The only change from last year to now was we decided to go a few weeks earlier to make sure we could traverse through the Taft Tunnel (it closes at the end of September) and avoid the beginning of hunting season in the area. Avoiding going up and over the tunnel was also on the agenda as that fireroad climb is brutal (mostly a hike-a-bike actually).

Please enjoy our little photo essay and leave us a comment if you have any questions.

Oct 12, 2016

Bromptoneering Ottawa/Montreal/Quecbec City In Autumn

Instead of attending the infuriating bike industry trade show in Las Vegas this Fall, we decided a fun-focused trip was in order and since Nadia had never seen the changing forest colours in Eastern Canada it was decided we'd head out east for a little vacation time.

A plan was hatched to visit Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City - with train trips in between cities to maximize our landscape viewing potential. And the only thing better then a train trip is a train trip with Brompton folding bikes!

So, without further rambling on, please enjoy this short photo essay.

Aug 22, 2016

2016 Calgary Cargo Bike Championship

Last year we hosted Calgary's first ever cargo bike meetup, which was good fun and saw a pretty solid turn out but something was lacking and many at that meetup were asking - " Why don't we host a cargo bike race?" To which we replied: Sure!

So here we are: one year later and Calgary's Cargo Bike Championship went down under glorious sunshine and pretty hot weather for us, around 30c degrees.


Jun 8, 2016

Bikepacking the Powderface Trail

Friend: Hey! I was looking at the map and it looks like a 2-day/1-night bikeovernight from Calgary along the Powderface Trail and back again would be fun.

Me: Whoa. Ya. Could be fun. In between the crazy elevation gains and complete lack of services for 100+kms.

Friend: Exactly!

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Fast forward a couple of years and we finally rode it. Starting at the shop, we headed out during a very hot afternoon with a light breeze pushing us towards the mountains. Our route would take us:

Calgary -> Bragg Creek
Bragg Creek -> West Bragg Creek trails -> Station Flats
Station Flats -> Rainy Pass
Rainy Pass -> Powderface Trail
Powderface Trail -> Sibbald Area
Sibbald -> Calgary

Apr 18, 2016

Our Favorite Calgary Rides - Chestermere Lake

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.

Other rides in the series - 

* Nosehill Up-And-Over

* Fish Creek Loop


* Pathway 100km

Distance: 75kms
Difficulty Level: Medium-Hard
Ride Time: 3-5 hours

Chestermere Lake is a small lake that is part of the Western Irrigation Canal network and home to a small community that encircles it located just east of the Calgary city limit.

The pathway connecting it to Calgary is one of our city's hidden-in-plain-sight gems that sees very low numbers of people on it.


While not the most visually stimulating ride, the quietness and lack of cars in proximity to the canal are a real treat.

The big appeal to us is simple: it is a fairly long ride with absolutely no traffic, has services including pubs and grocery stores at the halfway point, and travels through Calgary's eastern industrial zones offering incredible views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. Of note: the wind can offer and extra challenge (or bonus if it's a tailwind) so we recommend you do not try the ride if the forecast is for strong winds.

Accessing the canal pathway is not the most intuitive (typical of Calgary) so doing a little bit of research/scouting may save you a bit of frustration. There are a few ways to access it:

- starting at the Nose Creek pathway beside the zoo, cross the creek, head towards Max Bell arena, and follow the pathway up and over the canal, doubling back under the same bridge (17 Ave SE), and voila! - you're on it.

- connect to the canal path from the MUP near Ogden Road/Peigan Trail/Refinery Park.

- park at the Glenmore Inn and follow the adjacent pathway to the canal
One of the many range road crossings near Chestermere Lake

Once you're on the pathway, settle in, look around, and enjoy cycling through Calgary's industrial zones, eventually opening up into farmland, past wetlands, a golf course, and eventually you'll arrive at Chestermere Lake proper. There is not much along this pathway besides a few rest areas. There are no services and no bathrooms until you get into the Chestermere market area proper.

When you arrive at the lake, take a moment to cross the blue bridge and sit by the lake for a rest. Or, consider cycling around the lake before returning to Calgary. To reach the town centre, turn onto the residential street and follow it into town. Cycling around the lake is a pretty nice option too, adding about 10kms to the ride (see map below).


Chestermere Lake. There is a nice "beach" area at the north end, near the market place
Once you've arrived, refill your bottles, grab something to eat at one of the many options, and begin your return trip to Calgary.

That's it. Pretty simple really.

If you do the ride, let us know in the comments below how it went.

The few from 5000 ft.

Feb 13, 2016

2016 Winterpalooza Photobooth



Finally! We had nice weather for the photobooth. Sun shining, not much wind, and temperatures above zero brought out a lot of Calgary's winter cycling tribe. It was great to see all the different bikes and styles people are using to enjoy winter cycling in our city.

Bravo!

Thanks to everyone that helped make this a success:

Andrew Sterling - Photographer
Kim Fisher - City of Calgary
Gerald Butler - Open Streets Calgary
Good Earth - Hot Chocolate/Coffee
Cyclepalooza
BikeCalgary

Link to the web album HERE. Feel free to save and share your photo.

Feb 9, 2016

So, You Want To Create A Bike Habit?

So you want to create a bike habit, heh?

That is the first step!

You've read the news articles about those new bike lanes in your city and the rapidly growing bike culture, you've seen the smiling faces rolling past you on bikes when you've been stuck in traffic, and you've glanced at the bathroom scale in horror wondering - how did this happen to me?

Well, the truth is it's not as hard as you might think to create your own bike habit but it could be as hard as you imagined to keep it up - both things are true. The most important things to do are a little bit of homework, a little bit of preparation, and a little bit of adventure seeking. Even more important then those things: do not expect too much from yourself and do not get down on yourself if you relapse into the habits yor're trying to break.

Let's not sugarcoat it - changing established habits/ways of doing things can be incredibly difficult. We've all tried, and failed, changing something in our lives with a new year's resolution. Being realistic is the most important factor. As an example: do you live an hours drive from your workplace? If so, deciding to start a regular bike commuting regime is certainly doomed to fail. However, maybe choosing to start cycling to your local grocery store to pick up a few things (instead of driving) could begin the process of setting up those small "wins" which can then be built upon.

With an eye to getting you the best information possible, from those people that are already living their own bike habit, we've crowd-sourced some thoughts and suggestions from our Twitter friends. Read on, and enjoy! (Please feel free to add your own thoughts by leaving a comment.)