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BikeBike 2.0 - Canada's First Transport Boutique

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What is a "Transport Boutique"? 

We've always been focused on transport (not sport) cycling since we first opened the doors in February 2010. When we opened all those years ago, we felt that the bike shop ecology in Calgary was really one dimensional - focused almost exclusively on sport cycling. There was no place to buy a traditional European-styled, upright city bike, bike mounted baby seats, or even good quality baskets. Most shops had zero idea what a cargo bike was or why you'd even want one. Even touring/adventure bikes were almost non-existent in the marketplace. We set out to bring these practical, durable, capable, and fun to ride bikes to you - and at the same time get more bums on seats - in an effort to change the bicycle ecology in Calgary for the better. We feel like we've succeeded so far but there is more work to be done.

The boutique part is easy: Small is beautiful. We're small on purpose. We feature unique and hard to find products, impor…

Now Available on The Prairies: Riese & Muller Electric Bicycles

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Riese and Muller's humble beginnings in the early 1990's started with 2 friends designing a revolutionary folding bike in their garage and has since expanded into one of the planet's most innovative e-bike manufacturers with retailers across the globe.

R&M believe the electric bicycle is the future of transportation and are bringing to market bikes that offer incredible ride qualities, very high quality construction, and flawless operation.



Say Hello To Tout Terrain Bikes And Trailers - Now Available In Canada

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tout terrain has been around now for a dozen years or so, quietly turning out innovative city and adventure bikes mostly for the European market but recognized around the world as some of the most durable, capable, bomb-proof, and fun-to-ride bike models around.


Bike Touring Quebec's P'Tit Train Du Nord

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Through all the years of doing various bike tours and bikepacking trips, one thing has been a constant: Nadia has never come along. There were many reasons for that: the trips we've been doing look crazy to her, far too difficult, painful, cold/uncomfortable, she will not ride on highways, and especially her medical condition (she has an ileostomy) made the idea of bike adventures like that hard for her to contemplate.

But something clicked in her about a year ago and she began to see past those things and realized how much fun I was having and decided she wanted a piece of that fun too. So, one day, she asked me: "Do you think you could plan a bike tour that I could do?" - to which I replied "Of course!" So planning began for a bike touring trip and we quickly zoned in on Le P'Tit Train Du Nord in Quebec because it ticked all the boxes we needed for a fun first trip: basically flat, hotels instead of camping, we love visiting Quebec, no highways involved.

Bikepacking The Elk Valley To Kimberley On The Great Trail

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Last year a small group of us rode the Castlegar to Penticton segment of The Great Trail and it was really great. That trip opened my eyes to some of what the "Trans Canada Trail" (now known as The Great Trail) had to offer and I began investigating more areas that might be fun for multiday adventures. The Trail itself actually runs right through Calgary and that got me thinking: What if I could one day ride out my front door and onto a big segment of the trail? While that didn't happen this time, it just might in the future after doing this trip.

I had a few more days of planned holidays (with no corresponding activity plan) and decided to give this trip a go. I had also received a brand new bike from a brand new vendor to the shop and thought why not ride it to get a real sense of what it could do.

After deciding on the route, Nadia gratiously offered to drop me off in Peter Lougheed Park and pick me up from Kimberley at the end of my journey. If that's not true lo…

Canmore -> Elbow Lake -> Bragg Creek Underbiking

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#Underbiking - To ride an inappropriate bike on a route (at least, that's what I think it means).

With a surprise activity free weekend available, and Nadia agreeing to do shuttle duties, a plan was hatched to ride a new-to-me route from Canmore to Elbow Lake campground, then from there out to Bragg Creek where I'd get picked up.

Little did I know how big a bite I bit off...

Day 1 Strava
Day 2 Strava 












Rodebud Rambler 2018

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In the never ending quest to ride in new places the 3 of us set off on a mostly-gravel bike overnight to the Canadian Badlands, destination Drumheller, Alberta. Our route was based around avoiding pavement as much as we could and would take us through Rockyford, Rosebud, Wayne, and eventually to the giant dinosaur in"Drum".

Day 1 Strava
Day 2 Strava 


Swift Campout 2018

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For the last 4 years, Swift Industries - bag makers extraordinaire - have been hosting their free-form "Swift Campout" bike camping weekend right around the Summer Solstice to help inspire folks around the world to gather their friends together and get outside for the weekend. This year, we were finally able to pull together a trip and 12 brave adventurers joined us for our an weekend of pedaling and camping.

Day 1 Strava
Day 2 Strava

We hope this little adventure inspires you to go bike touring, bike packing, or even tackle a day trip you've been thinking about. Enjoy!


Bikeovernight into Rural Alberta

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While the lure of the Rocky Mountains is unquestionably strong and there seems to be no shortage of beautiful places to visit, sometimes they can also be overloaded with happy visitors, busy highways, and full campgrounds.

So it was decided to head East and go looking for new roads, preferably some gravel, and to avoid those busy highways and campgrounds.A quick glance at some backroads maps and some time digging around Alberta Parks' website, I picked Wyndam-Carseland Provincial Park as my destination.

The plan would be to use as many range and township roads as possible and if there was some gravel, even better. On the return trip, the plan was to return to Calgary on the soth side of the Bow River via Dewinton. Here are the Strava links:

Day 1 
Day 2

Please enjoy this photo essay and if you have any questions, leave us a comment.

Sean


The Best Kid's Bikes In The World

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Almost 3 years ago we had become completely frustrated by the quality of the children's bike we had been offering, finding all of them to be of poor quality, too heavy, with limited sizing, and often in horrible colourways. We decided that we would rather not sell kid's bikes then sell crappy kid's bikes.

The very next day the sales rep for Frog Bikes walked into the shop unannounced and totally blew our minds by showing us these incredible bikes we had no idea existed.

Fast forward to today and we are now Canada's most successful Frog Bikes retailer!

Frog Bikes set out from the very beginning to create a product that would give children high quality, easily rideable bikes that could also be adjustable as they grow so parents could get a few years of use out of them. As a first step, Frog set out to study the differences between children and adults and the results of that study led them to make major changes to the design of their bike range.

Very recently, Frog was a…

Why Buy An Electric Car When An Electric Bike Will Do

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In the last couple of years, electric bicycles have burst forth from the shadows into the mainstream and along the way have also become lighter, simpler to use, with bigger range, and more reliable than ever. In many cases, prices have also moderated and in some cases have come down significantly.

Gone are the days where you had to find a bike shop that was interested in and capable of installing an aftermarket kit on your existing bike. The e-bikes available at your local bike store today are sleek, well appointed, fully integrated, and can often be difficult to distinguish from regular non-electric bikes. They are also easy to operate, re-charge, and maintain - with many being not much different than maintenance needed on a non-electric bike.

Time To Look In The Mirror

If you're honest with yourself and take a quick look at your personal driving habits, you'll begin to notice a couple of interesting things:

- your vehicle is parked 95% of the time
- most of your city trips a…