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Skiis & Biikes Blog

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    For a new cyclist, the thought of having your feet attached to the pedals can seem intimidating. It wasn’t until I had a few months of riding under my belt and many Saturdays of being passed by fellow riders as they told me I really needed to get proper shoes, that I finally caved and traded my r

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  • Why not use a bike for commuting? All too often we find that the answer is distance. It seems that the prevailing city layout in North America can put home, work and all the stops in between too far apart to realistically make the journey by bike. People simply live too far from their hotspots. Loo

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  •   We are approaching that special time of year again! No, not the hottest, muggiest, most oppressive sunshine of the summer…well, also that, but more importantly...the unparalleled glory of the Tour de France! We could hardly be more excited to watch the peloton make its way through beautif

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  •   Giro has been making top-notch bike helmets for a good long time.  Over the years their products have branched out into ski and bike accessories, but this year the Santa Cruz based brand has really hit their stride.  In particular, we are extremely impressed with their burgeoning road bike

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  • 2 for 1 Bike Tunes

    The PanAm Games are coming to Toronto on July 10th and while we're looking forward to the excitement, the events and all the energy, we are not excited about the extra vehicle traffic. Many of us are already daily bike commuters, but those of us who are not are getting our bikes road ready so we ca

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  •   We are big fans of bike safety here at Skiis & Biikes, due in no small part to the unequal matchup between cars and bikes when it comes to collisions. Simply put, the bike is at a huge disadvantage. Avoiding collisions entirely is preferable to hoping for the best. There are many ways to

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  •   Has anyone out there had the distinct pleasure of riding an e-bike?  Battery assisted bicycle technology has been around for years, but e-bikes have now evolved into a reliable, convenient and remarkably green mode of transportation.  Even though one out of every seven bicycles sold are ba

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  • Try This!

    We've said before that an e-bike could change your life. Though this technology has been around for many years, it keeps getting better. The Specialized Turbo, for example, features best in class battery technology, which produces exceptional climbing power without the noise. If you missed our demo

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  • This month we're cruising around the seawall in support of Bicycles for Humanity, a cause our Vancouver shop has been involved with for the last year. Bicycles for Humanity is a grassroots organization that aims to give used bikes a second life in developing nations. Run entirely by volunteers arou

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  •   Do you have a perfectly good bike sitting in your garage collecting dust, dying to be ridden? Maybe you're looking to sell your bike and get yourself something new? Or maybe you're looking for a great used bike? Whatever the case, we've got you covered. If you've got a bike to sell, do it at

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  • Our annual tent sale in Collingwood is right around the corner. Visit us June 26-29 for huge savings on skis, snowboards, bikes, footwear, casual wear and much more. Scroll for a sampling the weekend's offerings.   Our weekend hours will be: Friday June 26: 9-6 Saturday June 27: 9-5 Sunday Ju

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  • Whether you're brand new to cycling or have a bike stand permanently set up in your living room, everyone can benefit from a better bike fit.  But we do recognize that these wildly different riders don't necessarily need or want the same intense attention to detail when it comes to personalizing

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  • We recently stopped by Method Indoor Cycling in Vancouver to check out their new space in Kitsilano and try a class. Offering cycling specific workouts, led by cyclists, Method provides an energetic environment in a gorgeous space. Even better though, you wont be out of place in spandex. Having the

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  •   Shifting gears is such an important part of cycling.  It’s one of those things that you have been doing since you first learned to ride a bike.  But have you been doing it right all this time? Just like buckling your ski boots correctly, there are some tricky finer points to this seeming

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  • Charity Ride June 4

    On Thursday June 4th Skiis & Biikes Vancouver will be hosting a family friendly charity group ride in support of Margaux's Ride. Fifteen year old Margaux Smith will be riding 5,500 km across Canada with her mother this summer, averaging a 100km per day, unsupported. Her goal is to bring awarene

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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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  • Last night Skiis & Biikes sponsored the NSMBA's Fiver on Mt. Seymour. The event was a huge success with more than 150 riders coming out to race enduro, wear cowboy hats and play horseshoes. We were thrilled to offer some great prizes from Specialized, Devinci, Rock Shock, Maxxis and even Erwan,

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  • We're excited to be offering a ladies-only bike mechanics clinic on May 28th at our Vancouver store. If you'd like to see such a clinic at your local shop, give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter. The clinic will be taught by Erwan Fresq, our Service Shop Manager. This will be a learn by doing

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  • Bike Month Events!

      With National Bike Month coming up from May 25-June 25 there is a plethora of activities available for you to take advantage of!  Across the nation there are communities taking full advantage of the push to get more people on bikes by offering maintenance clinics, organizing community rides

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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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  •   National Bike Month is coming up, and if you haven't broken the bike out of the shed just yet, we have some helpful tips to get you ready to hit the road.   • Pump up those tires.  Unless you've been visiting your bike all winter in its purgatorial storage space and adding air all winte

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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 25th through June 25th there will be a lot more bikes on (and off) the road and a fair few ev

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  •   Skiis & Biikes is particularly excited to sponsor the North Shore Mountain Bike Association’s Fiver on May 21st.  As you are probably aware, a fiver is a community race series where each participant pays $5 to enter, and good times are had by all.  The race will start at 5:30 and end

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  •   Just a few essentials to make your ride that much better.   Get the most out of your bike ride with these nifty accouterments! They might just make the difference between an amazing bike ride and an arduous misadventure. 1: Bontrager Flat Pack.  This all in one package contains everyt

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  • Stuck on gift ideas for your active, outdoor loving mother? Fear not, there's still time to get her something great. Give your mom the gifts of adventure and comfort this Mother's Day. Here are our top picks for the active moms in your life. Remember, we're offering 25% off all the accessories she

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  • There’s far more to women’s bikes than smaller frames and different colour ways. 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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  • Are you registered for any big rides this year? We understand how much preparation goes into taking part in events like the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which is why we're excited to announce we will be hosting two seminars this month.  Join us May 12th in Toronto or May 26th in Mississauga 

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  • Some Colnago bling on the iconic Colnago Super.   We would like to take a moment to highlight one of the more recent additions to the Skiis & Biikes lineup.  This new addition is one of the older brands in competitive road racing, and has always been at the forefront of innovation and bol

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  • Photo by Josephina Baik We are huge proponents of the bicycle helmet, whether it’s enforced by law or not. In Ontario,  law requires that all minors wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. In British Columbia however, helmets are required by law for all cyclists and those who fail to comply are

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  • Commuting in the dark can be stressful even with bike lights. Often we’ve wished garments had more reflective details than a stripe here and there. Well, our prayers have been answered. Allow us to introduce the Skiis & Biikes High Visibility Sugoi Zap Jacket 2015. Rather than employing reflectiv

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  • Bike Swap May 2-3

    We're hosting a bike Swap in Collingwood, Toronto, Mississauga and Vancouver the weekend of May 2-3. Looking to sell your bike? Bring it to the shop on Friday May 1st  and give you a suggested selling price. The Mississauga store will be accepting bikes for sale as early as April 30th. We will di

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  • Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? Will has been doing some great product reviews, which started with the ever popular Volkl Katana V Werks this past winter. Being the bike enthusiast that he is, Will is especially excited -- or as he would say, "fired-up" -- to be sharing his favourit

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  • In early March, Skiis & Biikes scooped an interview with Canadian Commonwealth Cycling Champ Ed Veal as he was preparing for the world record 'best hour performance' in the masters 35 to 39 cyclist group, and the ‘Canadian record’ at the Milton Velodrome on April 10. Since that interview, th

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  • Do you have any burning questions about skis or bikes you've been dying to have answers to? Well, you're in luck! On April 8th, 2015 starting at 10:30am PST, the team at Skiis & Biikes Vancouver will be live on reddit, an online community, doing our best to answer any and all questions you can

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  • They grow up so quickly, don't they? As a family business we understand it can be expensive keeping growing kids skiing and biking. This is why we developed our Kids Half Back Program. When you bring in the gear your kids have outgrown, we'll give you half the value back. How it works:  Buy a kids

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  • Easter Weekend

    Spring is here, bikes are here and the Easter weekend is right around the corner! We're offering 25% off kids bike helmets when you buy a kids a bike in Toronto, Collingwood, Mississauga and Whistler. The 2015 bikes from Trek, Specialized, Devinci, Rocky Mountain, Colnago, Breezer and Miele are in

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  • Are you excited about Easter? So are we! To make it even more exciting we are giving away great prizes! All you have to do is find the egg! 1. Look through all bike product on our site as well as blog posts to spot a hidden egg within the photo. 2. Look closely and spot the hidden egg. Once you

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  • Top Bike Blogs by Skiis & Biikes   In honour of the new year and bike season nearly upon us, Skiis & Biikes has picked out a selection of 15 bike blogs - in no particular order - for your viewing pleasure. There are countless fantastic sites to be enjoyed, so here are just a few we fou

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  •  What's going on?   We have partnered with Merrell to bring you a giveaway that is sure to help you on your next adventure.  This past week Merrell launched their new Capra line of hiking boots.  Designed with one of nature's most sure footed animals in mind (the mountain goat) these new bo

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  • March Break is right around the corner. For kids, it's likely the third best time of year, behind summer vacation and the winter break. Many of you mentioned on Facebook that you’re going skiing with family at Tremblant, Whistler or Blue Mountain. Others said they were getting away from winter en

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  • 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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  • 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 Skiis, 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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