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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 knowledgable staff. Come by one of our locations to get ready for the best ski season ye

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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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  • BIKE SWAP TO BENEFIT Come in to our Vancouver location today to donate your unused bike or bike parts. We have a mini shipping container behind the store that needs to be filled! Once full we ship the bikes to an African community. Behind the Vancouver store - our new POD! We have partnered with B

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  •   Lately Smith Optics has been making waves in the bike world with their first foray into cycling helmets.  Smith has already introduced the Forefront, a full coverage MTB helmet, and will release the Overtake this fall, which is a sleek piece of road bike protection.  The move into bike hel

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  •   Surely you’re already well aware, but it’s that time of year again.  No, not the World Cup.  Those few weeks in July when the Tour de France takes center stage and we Canadians set our alarms early to catch the action live and in spectacular, gory detail.  Each year we find ourselves

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  • Gastown Grand Prix

      So here we are, mid-summer has arrived and bike races are popping up all over the place. The Tour de France is going full force, and what better way to get a little taste of a road race than the Gastown Grand Prix?   For starters, I didn't know a whole lot about the race going into it,

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  • You’ve looked forward to summer weather all year, now that’s it’s finally here, don’t let the temperatures keep you from staying active. While those on the west coast need not be so worried about things like air conditioning or temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, those of us in Ontario

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  • ONTARIO Bat Lake, Algonquin Park: Located in Algonquin Park, Bat Lake Trail is definitely a trail to visit. Don’t let the name fool you, this trail is beautiful and serene. It is the perfect trail for a family hike. To take advantage of the colours of the Ontario fall season, it’s best to hike

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  • Name: Sean Chamberlain Location: Toronto Position: Service Shop Manager How long have you been at Skiis & Biikes? Since the Toronto store opened, so about 10 years. I just progressed, progressed, progressed over the years and now I manage the shop. What’s in your quiver this season? I’

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  •   Source Fridays are great, but Saturdays are better.   Whether we’re treating ourselves to a big sleep-in, a big breakfast, or a long  ride, Saturday morning is always one to look forward to. Now that summer is here in full force, mornings are an especially sacred time of day. A well

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  • Name: Ian Paterson Position: Bike fitting and sales Store: Vancouver Years at Skiis & Biikes: 8 Do you remember your first bike? My first bike was a 12” red Raleigh. My best memory was finally removing the training wheels and riding a real 2 wheeler. What style of riding are you into? I

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  • Sweden

    Well known for forward-thinking socialist policies, design, and of course Ikea, Sweden in particular, is a country with a lot of going for it. According to the BBC, Sweden gets the bronze medal when ranking cities around the world for bike-friendliness, behind only Denmark and the Netherlands, who a

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  • Summer is finally here, and we bet you've created a long list of activities trying to soak in the weather before it's too late. Well, better make room for just one more. From the shores of British Columbia to the Alberta Rockies, here are five western hikes you've just got to try. BRITISH COLUMBIA

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  • Source In the world of cycling there are three major stage races, with huge prestige and serious milage associated with them. These races, known as the Grand Tours, include the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a Espana, and are the only races permitted to last longer than 14 d

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  • Portland Dreamin'

      Portland, OR. I've always heard great things about the city, state, and people; I finally had the chance to go see it firsthand.     While sitting and chatting over a few micro brews, a friend and I had brought up a conversation about the great city of craft beer, adventurous food

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  • Packing for summer camp can be a stressful endeavor. The list of things required for a week away is always shockingly long and the people we're packing for rarely have the same priorities as us.  For example, a hat is a necessity, an iPod is not. To ease the packing pain, we're sharing our top ten

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  • Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life, they say. Well, for those who love to spend their days on bikes, we’ve rounded up 7 businesses you’ll likely wish you’d started first. For those who are eager to support sustainable (sweaty) small businesses, we think you’ll be e

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  • Biking benefits your health and our planet.  As well, it’s a great way to get outside as a family and be active. We’ve rounded up our top ten family friendly rides, five in BC and five in Ontario. TORONTO Waterfront Easily the most scenic ride in the GTA, we will never tire of family rides al

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  •   If your first thought on reading the title is, “what’s a drivetrain?” then you need to read this article.  The drivetrain is basically the motor of your bike; it is comprised of the front cog(s), chain, derailleur and rear cog(s).  Having a clean and well maintained drivetrain will n

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  •   We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stacey Martin of Trek Bikes to talk a bit about her work and the bikes that she helps create.  If you've seen a women's specific Trek recently, you've seen some of Stacey's work, and if you're into road biking, you'll be seeing quite a bit of

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  • Name: Chris Van Position: Hardgoods Buyer for all Skiis & Biikes Store location: Mississauga Years at S&B: 17.5 What bike(s) do you ride: A Trek Domane 5.2 (my new baby) and a Devinci Amsterdam.   Certifications: (Where did you learn the finer points of bike fitting) I am certified by

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  • Summer is officially here, which means we’re gearing up for our favourite event of the year, our annual tent sale. Hosted at our Vancouver and Collingwood stores from June 27 to July 1, we’re excited to be offering huge deals on some really great product. Don’t let the sunshine or the season c

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  •   There are two things that we are fanatical about at Skiis & Biikes, and judging by our name you can surely tell what those two things are.  But when the World Cup comes around, our TVs are always tuned in to the game.  Even though Canada isn’t competing this time around, it’s entir

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  • Summer  is right around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. For us, warmer temperatures mean we’re trying to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Whether it’s trading the treadmill for trail runs, or biking to work, we are looking to soak up all the sunshine we can. Eating outside

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  •   As a person who has recently been introduced to the biking world, I found myself looking out on a sea of question marks.  It has always seemed to me that a bike was a bike, it didn’t matter what the bike was made of, or the size of the wheels.  I genuinely didn’t know a thing.   But

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  • We’re active people and we’re food lovers, which means we like carbohydrates and we aren’t terrified of gluten. Living an active life, with regular servings of running, hiking, and biking means that we choose to see food as fuel, not calories to be feared. Certainly, we’re concerned with th

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  • Buongiorno Biscotti

    As part of new series exploring bike culture around the world, we’ll be taking you to different countries, looking at their love of bikes, and sharing a recipe from the country being discussed. Since the Giro just wrapped up, Italy seemed an appropriate place to start. A small, boot-shaped countr

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  •   Every road cyclist aficionado has dreamt of watching the Tour de France first hand...or at lease we have.  To see the riders zip past, cheer and jeer them on the steep climbs, and also feast on local cuisine; all blended together this makes for one freaking amazing vacation.   Or at least

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  • Name: Paul Montgomery Position: Owner of Skiis & Biikes Store location: Everywhere Years at S&B: All 35 years What bike(s) do you ride: I ride a Trek Domane 6.9, Devinci Caribou touring bike, and an old Trek 930 that has been to the bottom of the ocean...I dropped it off a boat once witho

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  • Have you ever heard someone describe a bike as slack?  What does that mean?  Is there a specific way to measure slack?  Well, kind of.  While looking into this moniker we found that it’s more of a colloquial term than anything precise.  There are some variables however that can help us label

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  • Vive La France!

    Today, we take a look at bike culture in Erwan’s homeland, France. With the Tour de France already underway, it seemed the perfect follow up to our post on Italy. Best known for pastries, wine, and the Eiffel Tower, France is a country with a lot going for it. We are fans of France. Big mountains

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  • Name: Greg Balmer Location: Toronto Position: Hard goods Manager and Bike fitter How long have you been at Skiis & Biikes? 10 years What bike(s) do you ride? Trek Boone 9, Trek Superfly, Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL What certifications do you have, or where did you learn the finer points of b

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  • Name: Yves Piette Location: Vancouver Position: General Manager and Bike Fitter How long have you been at Skiis &Biikes: 7 months What bike(s) do you ride: Devinci Leo SL What certifications do you have, or where did you learn the finer points of bike fitting? I’m certified with Specialized

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  • Name: Ian Paterson Location: Vancouver Position: Bike Fitter and Bike Sales How long have you been at Skiis & Biikes? 8 years What bike(s) do you ride: Devinici Leo SL, Fuji Track Classic, and a Trek Slash 8 What certifications do you have, or where did you learn the finer points of bike fitti

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  • Name: Greg Falconer Location: Toronto Position: I am the Assistant General Manager of the Don Mills location and the head bike fitter here as well. How long have you been at Skiis & Biikes? 5 years What bike(s) do you ride: I ride a Trek Madone 5.2, a BMX Mutiny, and a single speed Steel City B

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  • Source We all love summer, but there is without a doubt, one demographic out there that loves it more than the rest, kids. When we were kids, our parents took the approach of tiring us out. Our evenings and weekends were jam packed with bike rides, hikes, and camping trips. They left us with no

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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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  • Although Joe Breeze thinks of the “invention” of the mountain bike as a collaborative creation, he did hand craft the very first frames.  Back in the day (this time we mean the 1970s), Joe was one of several visionary riders who wanted more from their bikes.  They had mastered the roads of th

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  •   In an ideal world you could just head right out on your ride with nothing but a sense of adventure and a  bike.  But in the real world, mechanical failures and the odd crash are always lurking around the next corner.  We have compiled a list of all the essentials necessary to fix nearl

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  • The NIMBY Fifty

    Photo by Brad Holmes.  Brad used to work in our Whistler shop and is an amazing photographer. Check out his website bradholmesphotography.com.   The NIMBY Fifty bike race is happening rain or shine this saturday, May 31st in Pemberton, BC.  This will be the 5th year for the annual NIMBY Fift

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  •   You may remember a while back when we posted a brief interview with our tech Erwan Fresq.  He is a bike tech in the Vancouver store and had some choice words of wisdom about bike maintenance.  One of Erwan’s suggestions was that every cyclist should know how to adjust their brakes.  We

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  •   You may remember a while back when we posted a brief interview with our tech Erwan Fresq.  He is a bike tech in the Vancouver store and had some choice words of wisdom about bike maintenance.  One of Erwan’s suggestions was that every cyclist should know how to adjust their brakes.  We

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  •   We ride our bikes quite literally as much as we can, which leaves little time for the less important things in life...like work.  But with every ride, our bikes get a little bit older and a little bit more broken so naturally, they need some upgrades.  Whether we're investing in our first

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  •   This is our first year carrying Fuji bikes.  It has been fun but uneventful, a far cry from the compelling history of this storied brand.  We say fun because selling bikes is just that.  It’s a great feeling to send somebody home with a shiny new bike because you know they’re on the

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  • Name: Erin Keam Position: General Manager Whistler Store location: Whistler Marketplace Years at S&B: Five What bike(s) do you ride: Oh you don’t want to know...A Ritchie P 29er. Its a steel hardtail, single speed mountain bike and a Devinci Silverstone road bike.  I ride the single speed al

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  •   As this is Bike Month in Vancouver and Toronto, we would like to share with you our top 10 commuting essentials.  Some of these are fairly obvious, but it’s how and when to use these commuting accouterments that will help make the ride to work safer and more enjoyable.  Whether you have

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  •   We would like to shine some light on a particular piece of technological innovation; the Kammtail Virtual Foil, or KVF.  KVF is a truncated airfoil that Trek has integrated into their two fastest bikes, the Speed Concept, and Madone 7 Series.   Big freaking deal right? Indeed it is. &n

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  •   Let’s talk about wheel size, and how it affects bike handling.  We carry a wide variety of bikes; you can find 26 inch, 650b and 29 inch wheels throughout the mountain bike lineup.  Every armchair cyclist seems to have their own expert opinion on what wheel size is best, and some bike-fa

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