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Skiis & Biikes Blog

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Skiis That Shred!   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

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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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