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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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Bubble Valve Caps- Amsterdam

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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.

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

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas, Pro Tips

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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.

 

 

 

It’s Time to Pump Up Your Christmas List!

Category: DBS Community, Gift Ideas, Uncategorized

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So here’s a gift idea you may not be thinking of:

Bicycle Pumps!

A good pump is one of the most useful things a cyclist should have, although frequently they don’t own one! That makes it a great gift to give the two-wheeled friend in your life.

Floor pumps are arguably the most useful as you’re more likely to need a top up at home before the ride, rather than while you are out on one.  It’s surprising how many people get a flat tire on their way to the bike shop to get air!  Under-inflation makes you sluggish and puts you at risk of untimely punctures.  A floor pump allows for leverage, and easier filling to higher PSI than a hand pump.

Buy a kit or DIY!

That being said, if the cyclist you know goes on long rides far away from bike shops, they would benefit from a nice flat repair kit with a hand pump, patches and tire levers.

All of our floor pumps come with a gauge and all of them work with both presta and schrader valves, either with a swappable part or one that auto-adapts to both.

Our most popular is the Evo Hurricane. These guys can handle a lot of use, and are very budget friendly at $45. They work for all road and city bikes and go up to 160 PSI.

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If you’re looking for a shiny hand pump, let’s talk about the MiniRocket iGlow from Topeak! This 11 bar and 160 PSI pump lights up! Stick him on the seat stay, with 50+ hours on steady mode and 100+ in flashing it’ll help keep you safe and always be there when you need it!

Classy looking floor pumps!

These Lezyne pumps, the Sport Floor Drive and the Classic Over Drive are stylish looking pumps that also work great.

The Over Drive is designed for Mountain bikes with a top out PSI of 60 and 4.1 bars and a chuck that will work with both presta or schrader.

If you need a higher PSI, the Sport Floor Drive is an excellent choice with a PSI of 220 and 15.2 bars, you’re road ready!

Check out our selection…. Or come in to the store.

Safety with Lights

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas, Uncategorized

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Around this time of the year in Vancouver it can be hard to tell when it gets dark. Some days it feels like I’ve been waiting for the sun to rise all day. When the sun falls, so does visibility. Having  a good light (or a few!) will definitely help keep you seen and safer.

Safety is a great gift to give someone you love. Denman Bike Shop has many lights to meet all of your safety needs. Check out our new lights below for some great gift ideas!

You may notice that several of these models, front and rear come with a reflective faceplate. All front lights are at least 80 lumens which is the perfect amount to see and be seen without blinding everyone you meet. The rear lights are at least 44 lumens, which is also enough to satisfy visibility without going overboard.  Most lights are USB rechargeable and come with several sizes of attachments for any kind of handlebar.

These sets from Knog are fun and cute.  They come as a front and rear set in cute colours for only $40! That’s pretty sweet! Our Lezyne Femto sets have also been popular item among customers and staff alike. New this year Lyzne has teamed up with Brooks to offer this fan favorite in a gorgeous copper finish.

But if you want something a little more powerful, Lezyne also offers the Hecto Drive with 300 lumens and the Micro Drive with 400 lumens. They’re perfect for a midnight ride anywhere in Vancouver, lighting up the darkest of paths oh so brilliantly.

And don’t forget spoke lights for added side visibility!

Of course all of this barely scratches the surface of what we have available online or in store, so come on by and let us help you pick the perfect light!

Great Gift Ideas for Cyclists

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A glimpse… of the cool stuff for cyclists at Denman Bike Shop!

Here’s a few gift ideas for you

Lights!

Whether they’re a hard-core commuter, or a casual summer beach comber, any cyclist could use a little more light on their bike for Safety.   There have been so many advancements in lights over the last few years, including USB Rechargable lights and Wheel/Spoke Lights You almost can’t go wrong with your choice..

Gloves!

There are very few truly un-rideable days in Vancouver.  But, one thing that can make any fall or winter ride miserable, is not having a good pair of gloves (or 2 or 3).

Biking gloves vary widely depending on your need for wind, rain or cold protection, and one pair of gloves will probably not meet all of your needs.  Its important to have gloves that are designed for cycling that provide grip, so you won’t slip, have seems that won’t chafe, and won’t be too bulky, so you don’t lose your handlebar feel.

Baskets!

So many to choose from! The Gals AND Guys at Denman Bike Shop know their basket fashion, and can help you find a winner.

If you can’t bring in a picture, try to find out what model of bike it is, the colour(s) and check what the stem and handlebars look like.  Its also important to note if there are gear and brake cables.

Tools!

A good multi-tool, and mini pump might not just save your day, you could save the day for someone else!  Being able to put some air in a flat tire, just to get to the bike shop, can make a real difference.

We’re here to help!

If you have no idea where to start, no worries!  Try to find out what kind of bike your Giftee has, or what kind of cycling they do.   Our experienced staff are enthusiastic about bikes and can help you find something special at any budget.

Still not sure?

That’s OK, we also have VIP Gift Cards – any denomination.

Check out our Website Catalogue

Where you can see Most of our Accessories.  Or come in to one of our Vancouver Bike Shops, where we can help you in person.

Biking and Growling, NEW Beer Caddy

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Beer Lovers, feast your eyes on this crafty NEW Growler Caddie.

Fancy cycling by your local micro-brewery for a refill of your favourite IPA?   How will you carry your Growler?    Worry not, here’s your Leather Growler Sling, from Two-Wheel Gear.

Hand-cut and stitched with premium leather and strong brass buckles,

the Two-Wheel Gear Growler Caddie will safely carry your 2L growler.

This handsome accessory is designed for easy porting on or off your bike
and doesn’t require removal for refilling (or tasting) your brew!

Available in 3 colours at the Denman Bikes on Main Street location, today.

New Nutcase Helmets with streamlined sizing

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Hello Nutcase Fans!  We love Nutcase bike helmets; the fun, the fit and the fashion.

New Generation 3 models are In Stock Now.   They offer new enhancements and a streamlined light-weight design.  The addition of a New size Medium is fantastic news for those of you who just didn’t quite fit the original size S/M, and didn’t like the biggerthan-life size of the L/XL.

Some of the improvements to the already popular helmet design include:

  • Removable Visor for protection from the sun and rain, included
  • New Removable Spin Dial System for easy fitting adjustments
  • New Internal EPS Channeling for enhanced ventilation

With so many styles to choose from, its hard to have just one.

Solid, plain colours like Black and Grey are available too!

Come in to one of our Vancouver Bike Shops today, and try for yourself the New Nutcase Helmet design.

Buy Brooks Saddles Online in Canada

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Looking for the perfect hand-crafted Brooks Leather Bike Saddle for your loved one?

Whether your shopping for the ideal holiday gift, or a treat for your own bike, now you can Shop Online for Brooks Saddles in our new Online Bike Accessories Webstore.

Handmade in England for over 150 years, Brooks quality and comfort are unsurpassed.

We have an extensive selection of Brooks Products from the ever-popular B17 to the fine Swallow, including limited edition models as well as Brooks Grips, Brooks Bags and other accoutrement.

The Brooks “Supreme 6 rivet Dealer” is an award only presented to shops stocking an extensive selection of Brooks products, whom also provide the quality service and expertise expected when purchasing fine products.  As a Brooks Supreme Dealer we aspire to exceed your expectations.

If you need help deciding the right Brooks Saddle for you, our Brooks experts are available to help you make your choice.
Just email us or phone (during regular business hours), and we’re happy to discuss your options.

In-Stock Now for 2013, we have new colours of the Brooks Flagship model, the B17.  Now available in Red and Ocre!

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Visit our online store to view our complete collection.

We will also custom order any Brooks products available.