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Skiis & Biikes Blog

  • We're excited to be supporting the Canadian Men's Health Foundation for their third annual Canadian Men's Health Week. This national non-profit organization believes firmly in the power of small lifestyle changes and their potential for a big impact on one's health. This week, we're supporting Cana

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  • We are huge fans of the bicycle helmet, whether it’s mandatory or not. In Ontario, the laws require that all minors wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, but in British Columbia, helmets are required by law for all cyclists and those who fail to comply are subject to a fine of up to $100. No

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  • You need glasses!

      As if we needed a reason to convince you to wear sunglasses that are dripping in style.  But just in case you aren't sold on protecting your eyeballs and looking awesome at the same time, we have compiled a list of reasons that you need sunglasses! UV Rays! There is a legitimate health rea

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  • MIPS

    Helmets have existed for years, but we've come a long way since medieval battle armor, leather football lids and the janky bike helmets of yesteryear.  Helmets these days are getting lighter, more comfortable and most importantly, safer.  One of the major leaps in this evolution of safety is M

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  •   Mark your calendars, because National Bike Month is coming up!! What does that mean for you? Well, hopefully it means that you're going to be riding your bike more.  But it also means that from May 30th through June 30th there will be a lot more bikes on (and off) the road and a fair few ev

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  • Rules of the Road

    As a cyclist, you have more than a few rights on the road, but with  great power--much like Spiderman--comes great responsibility.  We're going to cover the rights that you are guaranteed as a cyclist, the laws that pertain to our two wheeled mode of transport and also a few helpful tips to keep

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  • Hybrid Bikes 101

    A hybrid is the beautiful love child of your mountain bike and a traditional drop bar road bike. Select features and benefits from each category are carefully combined to form the perfect everyday bike for a HUGE range of riders. Within the hybrid category of bikes lie a number of different styles t

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  • Clip In

    For a new cyclist, the thought of having your feet attached to the pedals can seem intimidating. It can feel awkward and seems almost dangerous to have your feet clipped in at first.  But rest assured, it will become less awkward almost immediately and definitely isn’t any more dangerous that b

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  •   Choosing the right saddle is imperative to achieving a proper bike fit. If you’re spending serious time in the saddle, there is no reason to suffer the pain and discomfort caused by a saddle that doesn’t mirror your anatomy.  Being the primary point of contact between the body and the b

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  • "It’s the most important thing to purchase when you have a bike. You can have the wrong tires, wheels, pedals, you can ride with the wrong clothes, but if your bike isn’t set up right, it’s not going to be a great experience." Not only does a proper bike fit improve comfort (and therefore enj

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  •   Just like having a suit or a dress tailored and fitted, we use bike fitting to fit your bicycle to your body. Adjustments can be made by selecting the right saddle, adjusting seat height and handlebar position and creating a smooth, efficient pedal stroke with proper shoes and pedals. The r

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  • There’s far more to women’s bikes than smaller frames and different colourways. For some female riders, unisex bikes fail to provide comfort and performance, which is why we’re proud to offer a large selection of bikes designed specifically for women. For many female riders, the handlebars

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  • How do you know if your bike needs a tune up? Sometimes it’s as simple as “this thing doesn’t work” and sometimes it’s a bit of a quagmire trying to figure out if it’s worth a trip to the shop. We’d like to take some of the stress out of the decision to bring it in (or not) by guarant

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  • Buying a new road bike? On the surface, they are all leaps and bounds nicer than road bikes were just a few years ago, so in some ways it’s hard to go wrong. Bike technology has progressed so fast that current entry-level bikes are more capable than even Tour de France bikes back in the 00’s. B

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  • So you’re ready to take on your first gran fondo, that’s great! It’s one of the most exciting races on the road biking scene.  (If you came here wondering what in the world a fondo actually is...A gran fondo is a one-day, timed bike race that typically starts in one location, travels a leng

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  • Finding Balance

    Looking to get your little one on two wheels? Balance bikes are a great option for getting children as young as two years old (sometimes, even a little younger!) in the saddle and experiencing the fun of riding a bike. Balancing, not pedalling, is usually what makes learning to ride a bike challen

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  •     As you pull that bike out of storage and get ready to put wheels to pavement after a long winter, we have a few suggestions that might just make your transition back into spring riding a bit smoother. Even though the bike hasn’t seen a lot of action crammed in the back corner of you

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  •   As of March 20th, spring has officially sprung and we couldn't be more excited!  There's still quite a bit of skiing left to be done, and springtime means that biking season is right around the corner!  But before we start getting too excited for the seasonal switchover, we'd like to take

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  •   Looking for a little something special? With Trek’s Project One program you can create a custom, one of a kind bike. We’re usually stuck drooling over the amazing bikes that the pros get to ride, with all the best components and a paint job to match. Well, there’s nothing stopping you

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  • Easter Hours

    We hope your long weekend plans include skiing, biking and chocolate eating. If visiting one of our stores is also on your list, please note that there will be some changes to hours over Easter weekend. The Toronto and Mississauga stores will be closed on Friday March 25th and Sunday March 28th. T

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  • Whether you’re headed on a family trip to the slopes or a rowdy spring break escape, it’s imperative to get your packing list right and include all the essentials. A week’s worth of skiing can be a huge bummer if you’re forced to ski in jeans because the ski pants didn’t make it into the

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  • Registration is now open for the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camps, and Skiis & Biikes is excited to host two events this summer! These camps have such a great reputation for progressive confidence-inspiring instruction that over 50% of participants are either referred by their friends or ret

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  • We're excited to partner with Merit Travel to giveaway a weekend of skiing for two at Mont Tremblant. We're giving away three days of lift tickets and three nights of accommodation at a slope side hotel for two people. How to enter:  Follow the link below and use any/all of the avenues of entry.

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  • Planning to ski this weekend? Done with driving? This is for you. Take a break from driving and ride to and from the mountain in comfort this weekend.  Luxury Coach shuttles will be offering pick-ups at our Toronto and Mississauga stores Saturdays and Sundays mornings for $40. Additionally, if yo

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  • Shave the Date!

    We’re happy to announce that our very own Paul Montgomery, Founder of Skiis & Biikes, will be supporting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Canadians living with cancer by fundraising for the No Hair Selfie initiative. The same organization that puts on The Ride to Conquer Cancer is enc

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  •   In our never-ending quest to make people have fun on bikes—either by force or in this case, by sarcasm—we have found that there is a lot of resistance to the fat bike in particular.  It seems that everyone can generally get behind a righteous trail bike or a casual cruiser, but trying t

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  •   Building on our list of New Year’s resolutions that we posted last year (which can be found here), we have 8 more that you might want to consider adding to your list! Whether you stick to it for a full 365 days, or blow it off almost immediately, we think that these might make for a better

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  • Our Toronto store Manager and Boot Fitter, Greg Balmer makes a case for travelling with your skis, snowboards and boots following a recent conversation with a customer.   Ski vacations are something we all look forward to. Getting to big mountains with breathtaking views and floating through waist

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  • Don't hibernate this winter! Cross-country skiing is a great way to get outside, get some exercise and have some fun with  little planing or expense. Even if the snow is up to your armpits and you've surrendered your shovel to the snow gods, you can still slap on your cross-country skis and do so

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  •   Just like having a suit or a dress tailored and fitted, we use bike fitting to fit your bicycle to your body. Adjustments can be made by selecting the right saddle, adjusting seat height and handlebar position and creating a smooth, efficient pedal stroke with proper shoes and pedals. The re

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  • Photo by Wray Sinclair @wraysinclair.com   We're stoked to see winter knocking on the door, but there's still quite a bit of lovely fall biking to be done! In order to try and get as much out of the season as possible, we are going to do a little contest.  Here's the general outline: Did you

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  • Ski in Switzerland

    We're excited to be partnering with Switzerland Tourism and Merit Ski Vacations to host a Swiss ski vacation information event at our Mississauga store on October 27. We'll be joined by special guest speaker Iain MacMillan,  editor of Ski Canada and true ski vacation aficionado. In addition to s

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  • Racer Nights

    Are your kids ski racers? Join us on October 20th in Mississauga and October 27th in Toronto for our racer nights. This will be an opportunity to get your kids ready for the upcoming season, with expert help and at a great discount. Here's what you have to look forward to: Discounts on skis, boots

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  • Winter is Coming

    ...and we're very excited. To tide us over, we're heading to both the Toronto Snow Show and  ROAM Winter Expo. Toronto Snow Show Come visit us at booths 342 and 352. Expect a massive selection of sale items, including outerwear, midlayers, baselayers, skis, snowboards, boots, bindings and accessor

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  • Turkey Sale!

    Our annual Turkey Sale(s) - yes, plural - are right around the corner. Be sure to mark your calendars and save some room for ski gear on sale this Thanksgiving. Collingwood Friday & Saturday: 9-6 Sunday: 9-5 Whistler Friday: 10-7 Saturday & Sunday: 9-6 Monday:9 -4

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  • Where are you planning to ski this winter? If you're lucky (and in Ontario) it'll be at Blue Mountain, Ontario's largest public ski resort. We're excited to be offering some special benefits for passholders at one of our favourite resorts. This year 5x7, 6x7, Student and Super Passholders will enjo

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  •   As the days grow shorter and the fleeting daylight dwindles, we would like to draw your attention to a great alternative to cycling outdoors…cycling indoors! Bike trainers might not give you the most exhilarating wind-in-your-face experience, but they’re a sure way to guarantee yourself

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  • Out with the old, in with the new means we've got some great discounts on used bikes in Vancouver. Our Vancouver store is selling it's rental fleet of 2014 bikes, which includes bikes from Rocky Mountain, Devinci, Breezer and Fuji.This mix of city, hardtail and road bikes that are well maintained a

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  • Fat Bike Freedom

      Have you tried out a fat bike yet? No? Well you’re in luck, because this mythical beast exists, we have some and you have got to experience this insanity first hand! Yes, they look goofy, but a fat bike can conquer terrain that would make even the most capable trail bike flail wildly befor

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  • What's your plan for fall riding? Outside until the snow falls, spin classes as soon as it gets brisk or trainer workouts? As we transition out of summer (sadly) and into fall we remain focused on being seen, but also on being warm and dry, especially in Vancouver. Here are our essentials for fall

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  • Powder Party

    Interested in heli skiing? We're excited to be partnering with CMH Heli-Skiing and Salomon to bring you a night of packed with skiing inspiration. This will be a chance to see what's new from Salomon in powder skis and boots, watch incredible ski videos on the big screen and chat with big mountain

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  • We're saying goodbye to summer with our lowest bike prices of the year. Of course if you're subscribed to our mailing list or following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you already knew that. We understand though that even with these great prices, the timing may not be right and that your drea

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  • If you ride a lot, it’s likely that you have at one point or another experienced chafing or soreness in the absence of proper cycling shorts. (If you're also experiencing the pain and discomfort caused by the wrong saddle, you'll want to read this.) We’re here to tell you you’re not alone. It

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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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  •   It's only a distant memory now, but the sights we saw at the Whip-Off World Championships at Crankworx Whistler were unforgettable.  The contest itself straddles the border between goofy and life threatening.  Thirty or so of the best Downhill riders in the world rocket down the infamous C

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  • We're excited to announce the summer clearance event in Vancouver. Expect extra special pricing on cycling essentials and some of our favourite bikes for the season. Pumps, locks, lights, computers, tires and tools, too. Scroll to see some of the deals. Reduced Bike Prices We're already offering ou

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  • Meet the Lomas

    We're proud to support some great local organizations and events in our communities. New to that roster for this year is LomaBike, a road cycling club in Vancouver. As they wrap up a very successful inaugural season, the Lomas are getting ready for a fundraiser (wine tasting anyone?) on August 2

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  • We're Hiring!

      Whistler Whistler Store Manager Goal for position: To ensure the achievement of the store goals in sales, profitability, and workplace stoke. Hire, train and manage staff for this location. Manage or have managed by staff, all aspects of the operating of the store. Including but not limited

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  • Already we're half way through August and our final bike swap of the year takes place this weekend. If you've got a bike to sell, drop it off this Friday August 14. If you're looking for a great used bike, come by Saturday or Sunday. Remember, it's the early bird who gets the worm and the good bike

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  •   As much as no child wants to hear it, it’s almost time to head back to school.  New notebooks and #2 pencils might not be the most exciting purchase to get into the scholastic mood, but a new bike is a whole different story.   We have noticed that there is a growing movement to bike to

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