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So what is a Performance “Commuter” Bike?

Category: Bike Trends, Featured Items, Pro Tips

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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!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE KIDS

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas

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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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KONA BIKES NOW IN STOCK!!!

Category: Bike Trends, Featured Items, News, Uncategorized

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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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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.

 

 

 

Linus Bikes and Accessories SALE!

Category: Featured Items, Uncategorized

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Love Linus Bikes?  Well how about getting $100 in Linus Accessories FOR FREE* with the purchase of your new Linus Bike.

For a limited time, Linus Bikes in select colours are ON SALE, up to $190 OFF!   Check our bike catalogue

We also have 10% Off Linus accessories In-store only, for everyone regardless if you own a Linus or not. They’re a real shop favourite, with stylish bike bags, baskets lights and bells.  See our selection online.

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*Promotion is for up to $100 off the Regular Price of Linus accessories purchased with new Linus Bike from DBS, no other discounts appliable

SALE ENDS August 21st, 2016, while supplies last!

 

New Commuter Jackets from Levis!

Category: Bike Trends, Featured Items

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I LOVE my new Levis Trucker Commuter Jackets.

That’s right; I bought 2 LEVIS Trucker Jackets !

One is Bad–Ass Black denim & the other is “Cougar” colored. (also available in classic indigo – blue denim)

I get complements every time I wear them; So I wear them a lot. They look sharp & tailored with copper zipper tabs. They’re cut similar to café-racer performance jackets & feel James-Bond”ish” with so many hidden pockets.

Waterproof!

Perfect for Vancouver; Comfortable, washable, all–weather protection. When it’s nice outside – it’s vented in the back and has fast-opening snaps instead of buttons. When it’s not so nice – it’s longer in the back and in the arms, with a water-proof hood stashed in the collar.

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Available now in Indigo Denim, Black Denim and Cougar Canvas for the men, and Indigo Denim for the ladies at our 710 Denman Street and 2607 Main Street locations or online!

The New Electra 2016 Townie Go! Demo w/ Bosch motor is Here and Ready to Test Ride! Pre Order Yours Today!

Category: Bike Trends, Current Events, Featured Items, News

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Ah e-Bikes. “The closest you can get to a motorcycle without makin’ yo mamma cry.”

Thanks to Electra, I don’t need one anymore! With a 32 kilometer top out speed I’m moving faster than I normally pedal uphill all without having to break my “don’t go any faster than the speed you’re willing to crash at” rule.

The Townie Go!, much like it’s non-electric counterpart still comes with a lightweight aluminium frame and the same great flat foot technology that has made the regular Townies the best selling bike in North America. Couple that with the new mid-drive motor from Bosch, and you’re so balanced the Dalai Lama is coming to you for advice.

If you got the chance to take last years model for a spin, let me tell you, the new Townie Go for 2016 is a whole new animal. This year Electra has partnered with Bosch to bring you a compact but powerful 250 watt mid drive motor with an Intuvia control center and 4 different modes of assist; Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo. That mid-drive motor also means you get to keep the Shimano 8 speed rear internal hub  and roller brakes for greater cruise control. Clean, compact and low maintenance, we love internal hubs!

The breakdown for the four modes of assist are as follows:

Eco: Effective support at maximum efficiency
Tour: Steady support for long tours
Sport: Immediate, powerful support for athletic riding off-road and in city traffic
Turbo: Direct, powerful support up to maximum cadence for athletic riding

This addresses my only complaint with the 2015 version, having multiple modes and a way to see them makes all the difference. Like the 2015 version it still has the “Get On and Go” throttleless system that adapts assistance based on cadence, but with the Intuvia control system you can also see your speed distance and battery power giving you a greater control over your ride.

And of course all the things that have made the Townie the best selling bike in North America are all still there, as well as integrated front and rear lighting powered by a Dynamo hub, fenders and rack and an Abus frame lock that is keyed alike with your battery for extra convenience.

Exciting, no? These babies are so hot Electra is already sold out until April in the US – the only way you’re going to get to see or try one of these before spring would be if we could get our hands on a demo unit before then…Which of course we did! It’s here now for the next week so DON’T WAIT!

This ride is visiting us for a limited time only so don’t delay! Come on down to our 2607 Main Street location between now and Christmas and give the future a spin!

Townie Go! 2016 models have now started to arrive in store but supplies are limited so don’t miss your chance! You’ll want to make sure you pre-order yours before it’s too late!

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!

Waterproof Panniers, a must in Vancouver

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Waterproof Panniers, a must in Vancouver

Winter is here and with it, the rain we Vancouverites know so well. New to the Denman Bike Shop to help ease the transition from summer to winter is Blackburn and Ortlieb Waterproof panniers.

Blackburn Local Saddle Bags

  • Compatible with all standard racks
  • Reflective print for added safety
  • Shoulder strap included

These bags will allow you to carry anything without worries of rain and all its wetness. Large capacity and ease of use are only a few of the many features these bags offer. A perfect edition for bike to work life in Vancouver.

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  • ORTLIEB QL 1 System for one-handed mounting and removal
  • Durable material
  • Roll-down top insures no water will spoil your belongings

Make sure to stop by and grab your waterproof panniers at Denman Bike Shop to insure you won’t be caught in the rain empty handed.

Rain Gear On Sale Now!

Category: Featured Items, News, Promotions

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It’s Bike To Work Week next week (October 26th – November 1st) and we are pretty excited to be a part of it! Check us out on October 26th from 4.30 onward at Ontario and 10th Avenue for minor adjustments, air, beverages as well as your chance to win one of several Abus Bordo uGrips!

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In the spirit of gearing up for Bike To Work Week we want to help you gear up for your daily ride with sales on all Endura rain gear! Come in now and enjoy 20% off all Endura jackets and pants. Endura is a fantastic company founded in Scotland in 1992, so you know they’re going to know a thing or two about rain – perfect for bike to work life in Vancouver!

Brooks Rain Capes are also on sale, up to 20% off for the Cambridge line, and $100 off all Oxford capes in stock!

Come in to either location, 710 Denman Street or 2607 Main Street or order online!