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Skiis & Biikes Blog

  • The people are divided...on the colour of a dress. Trivial as it may be, this has taken over all of our social feeds. The debate is over whether a dress posted on Tumblr is blue and black or gold and white. We don't care, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't google the dress and squint in an effo

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  • It's been especially mild and sunny in Vancouver lately, which has meant less skiing and more biking. While those of us in Vancouver are definitely jealous of great ski conditions in Ontario, we are not envious of the cold weather warnings. We've been plenty busy at the shop tuning bikes and doing

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  • The Long John Index for February 23 2015. According to WikiTravel, it was the Scandinavians who first said “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” This winter has been a great example of that. When we’ve dressed for the weather, we’ve enjoyed some great days

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  • What's this I hear about a lovely little Burton giveaway?   Don't be fooled, there's nothing little about it! We have partnered with the good people at Burton Snowboards to bring you a prize package of epic proportions!  One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive all the following

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  •   The value of gradual, incremental progress is often overlooked in the ski industry, which demands leaps and bounds and whatever is next.  But there really is no substitute for the careful and deliberate pursuit of perfection.   With the release of the Hero line, Rossignol has produced yet

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  • Our coverage of the SIA Snow Show 2015 continues. If you missed Part 1, find it here.  If you just want to see more awesome gear from the future, read on... POC Know Julia Mancuso Edition The colors are out of control, and that's a good thing.  These glasses are sure to force people to look in you

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  •   What is the single most important piece of ski equipment? If you answered, ski boots, you are correct! But within that paramount piece of equipment lies the foundation of the entire experience.  The ever-underappreciated footbed is the hidden gem in the boot fitting equation.  That thin sh

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  • We recently took a trip down to the 2015 SIA Snow Show in Denver to check out all of the delicious gear that we will all be drooling over this fall.  The convention center in downtown Denver is filled with a sampling of fresh ski gear, the busiest of people and more types of complementary beverages

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  • Atomic has just launched a brand new touring boot. Unfortunately it’s not out just yet, so we can’t offer it in our Atomic Skis Contest.  In fact, we have yet to get our hands on this boot.  We don’t know much beyond what Atomic has released in their press material, but dang do these boots l

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  • As you may have heard, we have partnered with Atomic Skis to give away a whopping $1500 in ski gear! The only downside for us is that we can’t win the contest. That would just be poor form. But we can fantasize about the gear we would pick out if we were in the running. To be honest with you, Atom

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  • What's going on? We are stoked to announce this awesome contest in which you can win a $1500 shopping spree on Atomic Skis, Boots and Bindings.  The winner will be chosen at random and can pick out $1500 in Atomic ski gear.  Walk home with skis, boots and bindings, two pairs of skis, or whatever

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  • Quality V. Quantity: 5 Products That Will Change Your Skiing A while back we posted an article about new years resolutions for skiers.  One of those resolutions was to buy quality, not quantity.  We’d like to delve a bit deeper into the life changing implications of that wayward resolution.  Ou

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  •   In case you’re wondering what’s going on here, this article is the second half of my rundown of the various adventures that I had in McCall, Idaho over the holidays this year.  Part 1 can be found here.   Between trips to the ski hill and mandatory family gatherings I kept noticing

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  •   After spending a raucous and festive holiday in McCall Idaho, I feel that we need to do a bit of a rundown on this little resort enclave.  McCall is a small town of around five thousand people that is host to 2.5 ski areas, an expansive backcountry, innumerable hot springs and the preeminen

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  •   One of the many important components of bootfitting is cuff alignment.  If you take a look at your boots, you will see an adjustable hinge on one or both sides of the ankle where the upper and lower parts of the boot connect.  This contact point controls the lateral position of the upper c

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  •   As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the coming year and make outlandish and grandiose New Year's resolutions.  But this year, instead of vowing to go full vegan, or start working out for three hours per day, every day, we’re going to shoot for some realistic, yet awe

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  • To all our customers, friends and the Skiis and Biikes family, The Skiis and Biikes staff at both Marketplace and Creekside in Whistler would like to wish you all the very  best over the Holiday season and thank you for your support in making 2014 such an amazing and successful year for us her

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  •   What kind of socks do you wear skiing?  It sounds pretty trivial, but there are a lot of ways to do socks wrong.  There are also a lot of ways to do ski socks the right way, but we’ll let that debate rage on.   First of all, let’s just put it out there that if you are wearing cott

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  •   This might seem entirely obvious, and we don’t mean to be condescending, but if you are buckling your ski boots from the bottom up, we need to talk.   Ski boots are the near polar opposite of shoes in every category except for fact that they both go on your feet.  In order to achieve

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  •   I remember hanging out in ski shops as a kid dreaming of the time when I could finally upgrade to the real skis.  The kid’s skis at my disposal were severely lacking in style, design and functionality.  It always seemed like there was an undeniable gap in the sizes and shapes of skis bet

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  • Do Your Boots Fit?

      What is the single most important piece of ski equipment?  If you ask around, you will come back with the resounding consensus that boots are by far the most vital piece of ski gear…except for those cheeky and pedantic few who will quip that “they actually come in pairs.”  If your bo

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  • Shop Till You Drop

    Shop 'till You Drop Sale Buy any 3 participating items and save 20% on the bundle! December 8 -24 *in store only Items included in sale: Jackets, pants, helmets, goggles, gloves, mitts, shoes (except Bogs and Blundstone), face masks, ski and snowboard bags backpacks, Icebreaker, base layer, long un

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  • Our goal is to keep kids in skiing. We designed our Skiis & Biikes Kids Half Back Program to help parents save time and money by providing a great selection of new and used kids gear as well as friendly and knowledgeable staff. Come by one of our locations to get ready for the best ski season y

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  • Regardless of where you live, at some point or another, you will be forced to ride in the rain. If you live in a grey city like Vancouver, you're already experiencing the firsts of this year's rainy season. Don't let the rain keep you off your bike this fall. You know the saying; proper preparatio

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  • A bicycle can improve your life, no matter where you live in the world. Give your old bike a new life, donate it to Bicycles for Humanity Vancouver. We are so excited to be supporting Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) by hosting a Bike Drive at our Vancouver store this weekend. 

B4H is a grassroots

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  •   After finishing a week of Crankworx in Whistler—the biggest, baddest and most totally freaking extreme bike festival in existence—we were excited to spend a Sunday attending its near polar opposite, the Slow Food Cycle in Pemberton, BC. This event is equally cool, but couldn’t be farth

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  • Vancouver Bike Swap

    BIKE SWAP TO BENEFIT Come in to our Vancouver location today to donate your unused bike or bike parts. We have a mini shipping container behind the store that needs to be filled! Once full we ship the bikes to an African community. Behind the Vancouver store - our new PODS! We have partnered with

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  •   Lately Smith Optics has been making waves in the bike world with their first foray into cycling helmets.  Smith has already introduced the Forefront, a full coverage MTB helmet, and will release the Overtake this fall, which is a sleek piece of road bike protection.  The move into bike hel

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  • Surely you’re already well aware, but it’s that time of year again.  No, not the World Cup.  Those few weeks in July when the Tour de France takes center stage and we Canadians set our alarms early to catch the action live and in spectacular, gory detail.  Each year we find ourselves fixed t

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  • Gastown Grand Prix

      So here we are, mid-summer has arrived and bike races are popping up all over the place. The Tour de France is going full force, and what better way to get a little taste of a road race than the Gastown Grand Prix?   For starters, I didn't know a whole lot about the race going into it,

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  • You’ve looked forward to summer weather all year, now that’s it’s finally here, don’t let the temperatures keep you from staying active. While those on the west coast need not be so worried about things like air conditioning or temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, those of us in Ontario

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  • ONTARIO Bat Lake, Algonquin Park: Located in Algonquin Park, Bat Lake Trail is definitely a trail to visit. Don’t let the name fool you, this trail is beautiful and serene. It is the perfect trail for a family hike. To take advantage of the colours of the Ontario fall season, it’s best to hike

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  • Name: Sean Chamberlain Location: Toronto Position: Service Shop Manager How long have you been at Skiis & Biikes? Since the Toronto store opened, so about 10 years. I just progressed, progressed, progressed over the years and now I manage the shop. What’s in your quiver this season? I’

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  • Source Skiis & Biikes Is It Friday Yet? Saturdays are better. Whether we’re treating ourselves to a big sleep-in, a big breakfast, or a long  ride, Saturday morning is always one to look forward to. Now that summer is here in full force, mornings are an especially sacred time of day. A well

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  • Name: Ian Paterson Position: Bike fitting and sales Store: Vancouver Years at Skiis & Biikes: 8 Do you remember your first bike? My first bike was a 12” red Raleigh. My best memory was finally removing the training wheels and riding a real 2 wheeler. What style of riding are you into? I

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  • Well known for forward-thinking socialist policies, design, and of course Ikea, Sweden in particular, is a country with a lot of going for it. According to the BBC, Sweden gets the bronze medal when ranking cities around the world for bike-friendliness, behind only Denmark and the Netherlands, who a

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  • Summer is finally here, and we bet you've created a long list of activities trying to soak in the weather before it's too late. Well, better make room for just one more. From the shores of British Columbia to the Alberta Rockies, here are five western hikes you've just got to try. BRITISH COLUMBIA

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  • Source In the world of cycling there are three major stage races, with huge prestige and serious milage associated with them. These races, known as the Grand Tours, include the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a Espana, and are the only races permitted to last longer than 14 d

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  • Portland Dreamin'

      Portland, OR. I've always heard great things about the city, state, and people; I finally had the chance to go see it firsthand.     While sitting and chatting over a few micro brews, a friend and I had brought up a conversation about the great city of craft beer, adventurous food

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  • Packing for summer camp can be a stressful endeavor. The list of things required for a week away is always shockingly long and the people we're packing for rarely have the same priorities as us.  For example, a hat is a necessity, an iPod is not. To ease the packing pain, we're sharing our top ten

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  • Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life, they say. Well, for those who love to spend their days on bikes, we’ve rounded up 7 businesses you’ll likely wish you’d started first. For those who are eager to support sustainable (sweaty) small businesses, we think you’ll be e

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  • Biking benefits your health and our planet.  As well, it’s a great way to get outside as a family and be active. We’ve rounded up our top ten family friendly rides, five in BC and five in Ontario. TORONTO Waterfront Easily the most scenic ride in the GTA, we will never tire of family rides al

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  •   If your first thought on reading the title is, “what’s a drivetrain?” then you need to read this article.  The drivetrain is basically the motor of your bike; it is comprised of the front cog(s), chain, derailleur and rear cog(s).  Having a clean and well maintained drivetrain will n

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  •   We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stacey Martin of Trek Bikes to talk a bit about her work and the bikes that she helps create.  If you've seen a women's specific Trek recently, you've seen some of Stacey's work, and if you're into road biking, you'll be seeing quite a bit of

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  • 12 Tent Sale Deals

    Summer is officially here, which means we’re gearing up for our favourite event of the year, our annual tent sale. Hosted at our Vancouver and Collingwood stores from June 27 to July 1, we’re excited to be offering huge deals on some really great product. Don’t let the sunshine or the season c

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  •   There are two things that we are fanatical about at Skiis & Biikes, and judging by our name you can surely tell what those two things are.  But when the World Cup comes around, our TVs are always tuned in to the game.  Even though Canada isn’t competing this time around, it’s entir

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  • Made for the Grill

    Summer  is right around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. For us, warmer temperatures mean we’re trying to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Whether it’s trading the treadmill for trail runs, or biking to work, we are looking to soak up all the sunshine we can. Eating outside

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  •   As a person who has recently been introduced to the biking world, I found myself looking out on a sea of question marks.  It has always seemed to me that a bike was a bike, it didn’t matter what the bike was made of, or the size of the wheels.  I genuinely didn’t know a thing.   But

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  • Pasta Love

    We’re active people and we’re food lovers, which means we like carbohydrates and we aren’t terrified of gluten. Living an active life, with regular servings of running, hiking, and biking means that we choose to see food as fuel, not calories to be feared. Certainly, we’re concerned with th

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  • Buongiorno Biscotti

    As part of new series exploring bike culture around the world, we’ll be taking you to different countries, looking at their love of bikes, and sharing a recipe from the country being discussed. Since the Giro just wrapped up, Italy seemed an appropriate place to start. A small, boot-shaped countr

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