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Boxing Week Bike Sale!

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If you’ve been waiting on the new bike, there’s no better time to come in and seize the deal.

We’ve got lots of bikes and accessories on sale this week.  Check out these amazing deals on bikes.

Linus Roadster 3 speed in Copper, size medium….  Regular $885, On sale for $399 !

Linus Roadster 3 speed Olive Reg $885, On Sale for $595 !

Linus Dutchi 8i (Black or Cream)  Regular $1300 On sale for $895 !

Opus Classico 7 speed ladies bike Regular $650 on for $495 !

Have a look in our bike catalogue for more awesome deals.   Come in quick, prices like these won’t last.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: THE STYLISH CYCLIST

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Stylish bike accessories and the odd piece of good-looking apparel never cease to be must-haves for any rider.

 Check out these perfect gift ideas and get inspired!

What do you get for the style-conscious cyclist with everything? One word: Accessories! Let’s take a look at some of our top stylish picks.

BASIL & LINUS BAGS

Cycling storage is always useful, and a great way to express personal style. Check out our superior selection of bags in the online shop. Merging technical features with superior styling, these are sure to be a holiday hit!

The Basil Portland bag is made of resistant weather-proof cotton and boasts a classic design and genuine leather features.. Available in red and navy.

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The Linus Sac bag is the perfect saddle bag that also doubles as a stylish tote. Constructed of heavy waxed canvas and durable metal clips. Magnetic closure keeps everything secure on a bumpy ride! Comes in a variety of colour combinations.

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The Basil Portland Slimfit Double Bag is another great option! Perfect for stylish commuters.

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BORDO LOCKS

Not only is Bordo the best lock on the market, it’s the best looking, too. Featuring a totally innovative design of linked German steel segments, this lock will keep their bike safe and their style on point. See our full range of Bordo locks in the online shop! Available in different colours.

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BROOKS PRODUCTS

Brooks is another sure-to-please choice for anybody with a reputation for good taste. Made in England since the 1880s, Brooks saddles, bags, lights, grips, tools and even bar tape are all on every cyclists’ wish list. With a look that is both traditional and modern, these items are the best quality you can find. It’s cyclist luxury that lasts a lifetime!

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LEVI’S COMMUTER APPAREL

It’s not all just gear – we’ve got nice stuff to wear, too! Check out our exclusive commuter lines and every-day pieces to find the perfect gift. Click here to browse it all!

At Denman Bike Shop we’re proud to be a Vancouver Levi’s distributor. We carry the Levi’s Commuter line, designed for performance and street-savvy style for both men and women.

Commuter pants and jackets feature smart tailoring for maximum movement and comfort. Other features include durable denim blends, reflective panels on pant cuffs and stow-away hoods in jacket collars!

 

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SMALL ACCESSORIES

Need stocking stuffers? Check out our small accessories catalogue. We’ve got everything from funky valve caps, spoke lights, to the extremely popular Monkey Light sets that light up bike wheels with amazing light animations – safe as well as stylish!

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Axiom Ripple INOX Cage Silver

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Knog Pop Lights

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GIFT CARDS

Still not sure! No problem – pick up a Denman gift card and let them do the choosing!

GET YOUR GIFT CARD HERE

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE KIDS

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It’s that time of year again! At Denman Bike shop, get great holiday value and selection for the cyclist in your life, no matter what their style…or age!

Wondering how to light up the face of the little people in your life? Whether you’re getting a child excited about learning to ride, or just looking for a few stocking stuffers, we’ve got it all!

HANDLEBAR AND WHEEL ACCESSORIES

These classic bike accessories are timeless, affordable and always perfect for both the young, and the young-at-heart. Pick up a few and keep some for yourself, we won’t tell!

“Spokeydokes” – the perfect stocking stuffer!

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Valve Caps – fun, cheap and practical too!

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Handlebar Streamers! A Classic.

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Bells, bells and more bells!

We are known at Denman for our bell selection, and you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one. Lucky they’re such a great range of prices and styles, so you won’t have to!

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BIKE LIGHTS – SAFETY + STYLE

Nothing says “happy holidays” like the cheerful glow of coloured lights…bike lights that is! Keep your young one safe on the road with this cycling essential.

Wheel Lights  – Visibility with a statement!

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USB Lights – perfect for that university student on the go!

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Other Front and Rear Light Sets – lots to choose from!

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A BRAND NEW BIKE!

Possibly the most time-honoured holiday gift in memory. Nothing beats a shiny new bike to make some of the most happy and lasting of holiday memories.

Check out our complete selection of kids bikes and frames for young riders! Have a teen? Ask us about our other options!

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GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE WORKDAY COMMUTER

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Here in Vancouver, we’re lucky to have the cycling season run year-round! We all know a few die-hard cycling commuters who ride to work, rain or shine. Help make their ride drier, safer and more comfortable with these perfect gift ideas.

 

Bags

From heavy-duty waterproof sets to business-style bags, Denman Bike Shop has one of the best selections of cycling bags around.

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A dependable go-to pannier for many commuters is the Classic Back Roller pannier set by Ortlieb. The pair’s combined volume of 40 litres, one of the best pannier attachment systems, fully waterproof for those Raincouver days, inner pockets to keep valuables organized and a 5 year warranty makes these bags a great choice for life’s demands.

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For a more stylish choice, Basil makes bags for the commuter who wants great utility without the utilitarian look. The Basil Go is their entry level pannier for a simple but good looking bag.

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Some cyclists are much more attached to having a backpack than pannier bags. That’s why the Blackburn Wayside Backpack Pannier is a great option for those who still want a backpack, but for those times where the cargo is just a little too heavy for comfort you can convert it to a pannier. Let the bike carry the weight!

 

Levi’s Commuter Apparel

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This line is probably on their wish list. Featuring reflective panels, smart tailoring, tough yet comfy fabrics and sophisticated styling, the Levi’s Commuter line is coveted by guys and gals alike. Our Main St location carries black and indigo denim jeans and jackets for both men and women. We are one of the few retailers to carry this line (even the Levi’s store doesn’t carry it!), so chances are they will be one of the most fashionable cyclist commuters they know.

 

Pumps

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Every cyclist needs their own pump. Travel-friendly hand pumps are a very handy stocking stuffer – if they need to change a flat on the road, you need one in their bag! Having a pump with a fold out foot rest makes the Topeak Mini Morph Pump a miniature floor pump and having that flexible hose decreases the likelihood of a ripped valve flat tire.

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Floor pumps are another great gift. It’s important to keep those tires at their ideal pressure to ensure an easy ride (low tires make you work harder!) and reduce the occurrence of flat tires, not to mention vital for fixing one. Having that stable base and long chamber makes filling your tires much easier. Denman Bike Shop carries a good range of quality pumps, from the most basic models to those featuring gauges – even digital, for the person with absolutely everything!

 

Patch Kits, Levers and Tools

Whether commuting, riding for pleasure or going on an adventure, every cyclist needs an emergency kit of tools. These are perfect stocking stuffers!

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-Allan Key set – The absolute essential for any bike owner.

-Tire levers – the essential for fixing a flat

-Patch Kits – no bike shop in sight? Patch kits are a tried-and- true life saver.

 

Locks

“It’s not how much it costs, it’s what it costs to replace.” Know a cyclist cheating fate with a ratty old lock? Surprise them this holiday with an upgrade. We recommend the following locks for superior security:

 

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The Abus Bordo 6000 90cm Key Lock is the #1 lock here at Denman Bike Shop:

  • It’s as strong as a good u-lock (security level 10!)
  • It’s lightweight (for how strong it is)
  • It’s relatively flexible (for those awkwardly full bike racks)
  • Easy to use (even easier to use than a cable or chain lock because it holds itself up!)

The Bordo also comes in other strengths, lengths, colours, and styles.

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If you don’t have the budget for a Bordo or simply prefer U-Locks, not to worry, we carry a wide selection of those, too. The Abus Ultra 410 U-Lock ranks in at Security Level 8 and is a manageable $64.99 for a lock you can use for most places in Vancouver. And if you lock up in higher risk areas (such as Granville Island, libraries, universities, or downtown), we have stronger U-Locks such as the Abus Ultimate 420 U-Lock (Security Level 10) and the Abus Granit X-Plus 54 (Security Level 15).

 

(Pssssst! Also, make sure to read and share our Pro Tips for locking up your bike!)

 

No matter what you choose to get the cyclist in your life, you know they will appreciate it because there is always more to get, more to upgrade, and more to repair.

And if something is not quite right, or you didn’t know they already had one – don’t sweat it! They can exchange it or use store credit for that Tune-Up they’ve been putting off.

PRO TIPS: THE PERFORMANCE COMMUTER EDITION

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THE COMMUTER BIKE IS YOUR TICKET TO COMMUTING PERFORMANCE & PLEASURE!

When you think of commuting, what comes to mind? Are you stuck in traffic inside your car, or trying to find a seat on an overcrowded bus? What if we told you there was another way…a faster, more economical and hands-down FUN way to commute? There is – it’s on a bike. But not just any bike – the commuter!

So What is a Performance “Commuter” Bike?

A commuter ride is light, fast and equipped with a large gear range. Also, instead of cycling with an upright posture, as with a city bike, the rider is angled slightly downward. This is termed a more “aggressive” position, where the angle is all about power.

This angled riding posture allows you to really dig down into your pedals and get a much more effective stroke each time around. It is also  a better position to tackle those hills that are probably somewhere along your route (while making use of all those gears!) – Vancouver doesn’t always make it easy, but the commuter does!

Some commuters have flat bars and a slight angled posture:

The Brooklyn Roebling is a lightweight commuter bike with 25 speeds and a derailleur – easy to ride and perfect to customize.

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The Brooklyn Lorimer comes in matte ivory, boasts 25 speeds and a lightweight frame that comes in smaller sizes to accommodate petite riders.

 Other Commuters are Sporty and ready for the Trail:

 

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The Kona Dew Plus and Kona Dew Deleuxe are great examples of quality Kona bikes with a broad gear range, high performance hydraulic brakes that offer consistent, superior braking ability in wet conditions.

Some Have Drop Bars – These Make Great Touring Bikes, too!

 

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The Kona Rove AL and Kona Jake are sporty, performance-oriented bikes that can tackle just about any adventure, be it the route to work or a weekend tour. The drop bar orients the rider in an “aggressive” riding position, angled downward.

Why Ride a Commuter?

SAVE MONEY Switching your car out for riding a bicycle is an amazing way to save 100’s, even 1000’s of dollars a year! Bikes are free to ride and inexpensive to maintain and repair. If you’re looking for a budget hack, this is it!

GET OUT OF TRAFFIC – Don’t spend a minute more in the car than you have to! Starting or ending your day on the bike is energizing, instead of infuriating. With most Vancouver buses equipped with bike racks, you’re always good to go no matter what.

GET IN TO SHAPE – Commuting by bike is the easiest way to get in shape without spending time (or money) in the gym. Cycling is a excellent cardiovascular exercise, known for building endurance and burning fat. Set the pace you’re comfortable with – and be amazed at how quickly your strength grows.

HAVE FUN!!! – The best part! At its core, riding is fun. Getting to and from work doesn’t have to be a chore – enjoy yourself and experience the pleasure of cycling!

KONA BIKES NOW IN STOCK!!!

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We’re now carrying Kona bikes at Denman Bike Shop!

We’re beyond stoked to be offering a great new 2017 line-up of Kona bicycles. Kona is an industry legend designed by, for and in Vancouver City! Kona is based right out of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, and has an excellent reputation around the world.

Kona is known everywhere for its cool bikes, and has earned a reputation for creating consistently well-designed rides at a seriously competitive value. Kona has an excellent reputation for a reason: nothing they make is below the high standard of quality everyone has come to expect from this home-grown, West Coast, Vancouver-based bike company!

We’ve got an array of solid 2017 flat bar commuters and even a couple drop-bar road options that look great and feel even better. These bikes are ready for the city and the trail, and for whatever adventure you’re about to take next.

Come test ride our brand new 2017 models and feel the Kona experience for yourself!

 

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PRO TIP: THE DENMAN BIKE LOCKING GUIDE

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YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED!

You wouldn’t believe how often we spot bikes locked incorrectly, or not locked at all!

Here’s our crash-course in how to lock it up, and lock it right to prevent against theft.

 

7 STEPS TO LOCKING YOUR BIKE CORRECTLY

  1. Choose the right lock! The level of security you need depends on where you’re leaving your bike, and for how long.
  2. Always lock your bike to something solid, and that your bike cannot be lifted over-top of. A thief can lift your bike right over a parking meter or pole without even touching your lock!
  3. If possible, lock your bike in a well-lit, busy area with lots of pedestrian traffic. Eyes on the street go a long way to keep your bike safe!
  4. Lock up your bike on the frameNOT the seat post, NOT the front or back wheel!  The “triangle system” is a popular reference for choosing the best locking areas on your frame.
  5. Using more than one lock can also be a great method, locking the wheels to the frame as well as the frame to your chosen post or object. Use accessory cables or anti-theft skewer sets to secure your wheels.
  6. Get the tightest fit possible! The looser your lock is positioned, the easier it is for thieves to use their tools and saw or pry the lock open.
  7. Position your lock off the ground with the combination set or keyhole facing down.

 

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You’re Doing it Wrong :(

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This pink bike is “locked” with an easy-to-snip accessory cable around the seat post :(

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This blue bike was locked around the wrong part of the bike, but worse still, it wasn’t even locked to the bike post. It’s locked to nothing at all :(

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This bike was locked through the wheel. So long, bike!

 

You’re Doing it Right! :)

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This bike is locked with a solid chain and two U locks to a good solid object, using the correct fame points to ensure the security of the bike and wheels. The seat cover is a nice touch too :) You never know – there might be an expensive seat under there, and a seat cover is a great way to disguise it! Seats are stolen too.

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This is a great example of how to best use your Bordo lock! Adding a cable or locking skewers to protect the front wheel would be a great addition, too.

Come by either our Stanley Park or Main Street location for a free lock consultation today!

 

LOCK IT OR LOSE IT: THE ABUS BORDO FOLDING LOCK AND WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE

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THEFT IS A REALITY IN VANCOUVER, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN

Got a new bike? Really love the one you have? Here’s how to keep it.

Most folks in the bike industry will tell you to spend at least 10% of your bike’s value on a locking system. It’s an investment you can’t really over-do: Vancouver is Canada’s bike theft capital, with a per capita theft rate 2 to 4 times greater than any other big city in the country!

Your best defense against theft is 1) eyes on the street and 2) a great lock. The ABUS Bordo is that lock.

ABUS IS A LEADER IN THE LOCK INDUSTRY

Abus is a German security manufacturer that has been building a first-rate reputation since 1924. The Bordo family of folding locks is an entirely lock system that has revolutionized the industry. There’s nothing out there like it, and there’s been nothing like it before.

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STRONG + FLEXIBLE + COMPACT

The Bordo’s design is made from links of German tempered steel that connect through reinforced pivot points. In this way, the family of Bordo locks are able to provide the flexibility of chains and cables (cables are the number lock method targeted by thieves) with unprecedented strength.

The Bordo packs neatly into a carrying case (included in the price!) that mounts easily to the bike frame, and is available in several diameters.

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KEY AND COMBINATION OPTIONS – AND DID WE MENTION IT COMES IN PINK?

Use a key system or set a numerical combination – the Bordo offers both. If you lose your key, no problem! ABUS will replace it. Each lock comes with a lifetime warranty.

Most of our staff personally own and trust their bicycles with the Abus Bordo, and that’s the ultimate endorsement! When used correctly, the Bordo really can’t be beat! Come in and ask for a demonstration and see the difference for yourself.

 

 

 

PUT A LID ON IT: THE DENMAN HELMET GUIDE

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Helmets: Why Wear One? It’s the Law!

Bike helmets are one of your most important bicycle accessories, for safety as well as style. Besides, in Vancouver, it’s the law!

The VPD is making sure Vancouver cyclists are wearing these helmets these days, and tickets for not wearing a helmet while riding are on the rise. With more great-looking options than ever before, it’s a great time to get a helmet.

Industry recommends that you replace your helmet every 3 to 5 years, depending on how often you use it. For children, this replacement can occur every 1 to 2 years as their head grows.

The synthetic materials in the helmet degrade with time, and if you’ve ever had an accident while wearing your helmet, you need to replace it immediately.

How Should it Fit?

Worried about getting it right? Don’t sweat it! It’s not rocket science. Try a few helmets on – different companies will have different sizing ratios. Once you find something that feels snug, you’re on the right track.

If it’s too small or tight, you’ll be able to tell because it will ride high on your head or just feel really uncomfortable. Don’t put your head in a vice – comfort is key!

You won’t wear a helmet that doesn’t feel good, and that defeats the purpose.

3 STEP FIT:

  1. Sit approximately two fingers above your eyebrow. This is the ideal position for your helmet; too far back or too far forward, and you’re actually creating a hazard.
  2. Check the straps around your ears – if they need adjusting, ask for help. You want a triangular opening that you can measure roughly with your peace fingers.
  3. Now check the chin strap. It should fit snugly under your chin without causing irritation.

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Still not sure about the size?  Undo the clasp and bend forward at the waist. Does it stay on? It fits!

What Kind Should I Get?

Helmets can often be divided in two broad styles: bucket and sport.

Bucket helmets are great for casual riders and commuters, with the cool factor and protection in one. At Denman Bike Shop, we are proud to offer models in this style by Electra, Bern and Giro.

 

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Electra helmets are sized S-M-L for everyone, and come in an amazing array of colours and patterns. They are a Denman favourite!

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BERN

Bern is an industry helmet superstar. They make helmets for many sports other than cycling and they know their business well!

Most Bern cycling helmets are adaptable to other seasons and sports with convenient, removable liners. Their helmet lines are gendered, but rules were made to be broken: size range and style preferences are the deciding factor here.

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 The Bern Men’s “Allston” and Bern Women’s “Melrose”

 

GIRO

The Giro Reverb is a helmet that bridges the sport and bucket styles in one sleek, low-profile lid. Another popular option!

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Come on in and find your perfect fit at either of our locations today!

PRO TIPS: INTERNAL VS EXTERNAL GEARS

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INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL GEARS: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

When shopping for a bike, you may notice that they are advertised as having either  “derailleur” or “ internal” gear systems. Ever wondered what the difference was?

The simplest explanation  is that derailleur systems are external, while internal are – you guessed it – on the inside.

But first, let’s get our terms straight. What are gears?

Gears and Speeds

It’s helpful to think of gears as “speeds” – a bike with 7 gears is a 7-speed bike.

Lower numbered gears are the low gears (slower/easier), and higher numbered ones are the high gears (for going faster/harder).

“Shifting” means going from one gear to another.

Derailleur (External) Gears

Ever noticed that thing that hangs down at your rear wheel? That’s a derailleur. It’s a french term referring to the literal derailment of the chain.

In an external gear system, the rear derailleur literally “de-rails” the chain, moving it to different sized rings to achieve different gear ratios, or speeds.  Because it’s on the outside, it is important to keep it clean and properly cared for.

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Pictured above: A rear derailleur system

 

Internal Hub Gears

In a Hub Gear system, the gears are enclosed within the bicycle’s rear hub. You’ll notice that the rear wheel hub on an internal system is much larger than usual.

In general, an internal gear hub is less maintenance because it is a sealed system. You can also shift gears while stationary, which is great for gearing down at a light before heading off again.

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Pictured above: An internal hub system

 

Which System is Best for Me?

Take a bicycle with each system for a test ride. Find out what you prefer. Generally, it will come down to your personal preference, the system availability of different bike models, your maintenance expectations, and your budget.

Some find that an internal system is a smoother shifting experience, and prefer the low maintenance of the hub. Others are happy with the cost effectiveness and tried-and-true derailleur.

If you’re in the market for a low-maintenance city bike to ride to and from the grocery store or the occasional Sea Wall cruise, an internal system would be a great choice: say a Loft 7i.

If you’re after a light, fast and easy-to-customize commuter with an ample gear range for tackling hills on your way around town, an external system would be a great way to go – like with our Brooklyn Lorimer or Opus Orpheo models.

At the end of the day, they are both great systems – the fun part is choosing your bike.

So get out there and get riding!