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Skiis & Biikes Blog

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

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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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  • 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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  • It has been such an awesome first weekend at Crankworx Whistler that we had to share a few of our favorite images that we've taken thus far.  We're only done with the first weekend and there is so much more coming up!! Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more coverage and enjoy!

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  •   Perhaps you’ve heard the news, but Crankworx is coming! In fact, Crankworx is here, now, live!!! Twelve years in it is still a thrill to see the highlights of the mountain bike world live and in the flesh. This event embodies the reason that we expanded out West in the first place, to be i

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  • So what’s new in the helmet world? Smith Optics has been making ski helmets for quite a while now, but their recent foray into bike helmets has resulted in lids that are better equipped to protect your brain than ever before. The primary impact absorption technology incorporated into Smith’s Fo

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  •   Lindsay Geddes is a Registered Physiotherapist at Synergy Physio in North Vancouver, BC and treats athletes of all levels, from recreational to elite. Outside of the clinic, Lindsay loves to take part in endurance sports and is usually training for a triathlon, gran fondo or marathon. Stretchi

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  • "How do I prevent my chain from falling off?" "Why does it take so long to shift gears?" "What's the right way to wash and lubricate my bike during wet weather and at the end of the season?" "How do you maintain gears?" "How do you fix a chain link and what are the best tools to do that?" "which pr

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  • Escape Velocity

    After jumping on her dad’s touring bike as a teenager, Lisa Howard decided she wanted to give racing a try. “I don’t know where I got the idea. I didn’t even know there was a racing community in the city, but I got it in my head that I’d like to race.” The third race Lisa would take par

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  • Margaux's Ride

    For nearly a year now our team in Vancouver has had the pleasure of getting to know Margaux and Kara Smith, a mother-daughter duo with plans to ride 5,500 km across Canada in an effort to raise $15, 000 for a primary school in rural Cambodia. The goal is to bring awareness to the need for education

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  • Get Inspired

    Feeling inspired by all the sporting events taking place this summer? Us too! We're celebrating the sport we love  with 10% off mountain bikes July 11-12. July 22-25 we'll have 10% off road bikes and 30% off jerseys. Who or what's inspiring you to ride this summer? Canadian National Team and Tre

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  • There has been lots of talk in the news this year about accidents involving bicycles. As a result, there have been many calls for improved cycling infrastructure, changes to the laws and more. This summer, we're focused on visibility. We're opting for active lighting (see the Bontrager Flare), inte

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  • Artwork by Chungkong As you likely know, the 2015 Tour de France kicked off last weekend. The 21 day event will run through to July 26, taking the athletes through gruelling mountain stages, criterium events, time trials and more. We've already talked about the bikes, the technology and what the je

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  • Clip In

    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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  • Electric Explained

    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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  • For those riders looking for a rigid, aerodynamic race bike, look no further than the Fuji SST.  SST stands for Super Stiff Team, and this is indeed the same bike you’ll see under Fuji athletes on the circuit.  The SST is faster, stiffer and comes with a more aggressive geometry than Fuji’s pr

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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 bike, th

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  • Custom Fit

    When you purchase a bicycle it comes with standard equipment, not necessarily geared to every individual’s needs. When your bike doesn’t fit properly, you’re likely to put strain on your joints, which leads to discomfort and even injury. With the help of our certified bike fitters, a bike can

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  • There’s something to be said about step-by-step progressive instructions with feedback at every point.  Sometimes I look at the people and what they learned, and it’s like, “How come it took me so long!?”  Because I can sit there and I can show them how to come into a feature, and how to c

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  • We sit down with Sean Chamberlain, the Service Shop Manager at our Toronto store to talk basic bike maintenance and what he’s riding this year. How long have you been riding bikes?  I wasn’t really into biking when I started working here. I was actually a snowboard guy. When I was 16 and 17 I

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