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Skiis & Biikes Blog

  •   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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  • A bike is a big investment. Sometimes, you’ll get better value for your purchase by spending a little more. This could mean longevity, better components, a much higher resale value and of course, increased pleasure. Think: less weight, more gears, a stiffer frame, maybe even electric. But when ta

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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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  • 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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  • Road Bike

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Center Island, ON What could be more exciting than a ferry ride followed by a day of exploring on bikes? The majority of the bike paths on Center Island are paved, with few sections made of gravel. There’s no added charge for bringing bicycles on the ferry and there’s plenty of exploring to do

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  • Maxfield Silverson By some miracle of biking and with the help of some ambitious cycling friends I was invited to tag along on my first ever heli drop on Mount Barbour in Pemberton, BC. This was an absolute dream come true. Even heli skiing has seemed an improbable fantasy, much less flying to the t

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  • Meet Will Cadham, our YouTube host extraordinate and a passionate mountain biker. Born and raised in Ontario, Will came out West in pursuit of a graduate degree and good riding. He talks to us about Enduro racing and what’s coming up for 2015. For those who don’t know, can you explain what Endu

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  • Bike to work

    Biking to work can be a great way to incorporate a daily sweat into an otherwise busy schedule. In addition, maintaining a bike is significantly cheaper than driving and has a comparably microscopic carbon footprint. You’ll arrive at your destination energized and return home having cycled off the

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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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