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Schwalbe Balloon Tires, What’s the “BIG” deal?

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Well first of all, Schwalbe Balloon “Fat Frank” tires look incredibly handsome on just about any bike. Second, they’re made in Germany. Das ist gut, ja? Yes it is!

Traditionally, Cruiser bikes (and many comfort bikes) have Fat tires on them, but not so uber functional a tire as the Schwalbe Fat Frank. Standard fat tires have more rubber on the road; ergo more comfort and stability, but less speed.

Well, Fat meets Fast with Schwalbe’s Fat Frank Tires!   These tires have been specially designed so that they make your ride both smoother and faster, acting like a pneumatic cushion to absorb impacts. These lower air pressure, high volume tires actually have less roll resistance than standard skinny tires making them the Oxymoron of Bicycle Tires.

Fat Franks in 3 colours

And, with Kevlar guard for flat protection, the tires are also lighter which further translates to a faster ride.

Fat Franks can be installed on many bikes with a 26” wheel, not just Beach Cruisers. Electra’s Townie Balloon line come standard equipped with Fat Franks. But ,you can also put these tires on almost any Townie, cruiser or comfort bike.

Electra Townie Balloon 3i Mens'

Available in 3 colours, + NEW Brown with Cream Walls!  Why not come in and test ride a pair of Fat Franks at our Vancouver Bike Shop today!

Great Gift Ideas for Cyclists

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas

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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

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas

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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.

Oprah’s Favorite – Electra Loft 7D In stock now!

Category: Bike Trends, Featured Items

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As featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2014, the Electra Loft 7D ladies bike is
IN STOCK NOW at Denman Bike Shop.

The Loft 7D Teal, is part of a new line of bikes launched by the Electra Bicycle Co. for 2015.

The Electra Loft bikes are infused with the flavor of Electra’s famous fashion bikes, and are designed to be sensible, practical, useful and affordable!

Inspired and designed for city riders, with their “requires and desires” in mind.  The very name “Loft” invokes thoughts of city apartment dwelling, stair cases, storage rooms, pot holes, corner cafes, farmers markets, brick walls, and vogue fashion.

The bikes are made of lightweight aluminum, feature mega range gearing and practical hand brakes.  There’s a “men’s” classic-diamond frame, a “women’s” mixte step-through frame, and three different gearing options.

The intelligent foot-forward frame geometry and swept back handlebars allow for a comfortable upright riding position.  And, with the super comfy seat and grips, you’ll be gliding with glee.

When you love your ride, you’re going to make excuses to ride more often.  With Electra Loft, you’ll find yourself getting out of the car and onto the bike path, with confidence and charisma.

You can see the full line of Loft bikes on our website,
We definitely recommend you come in for a test ride!

Elevator Ad Promo

Category: Featured Items, Promotions

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If you’ve seen our November Elevator ad, you’re eligible to SAVE

Simply,

  • Come into one of our two Vancouver locations, Denman Street or Main @ 10th
  • Complete the phrase from our Elevator Ad

“Feel  Freedom, Ride the Wind, _____ _____ ____”

  • You’ll get a 10% Discount on Commuter Rain wear and Bike Lights

Come in and find out how enjoyable it can be to cycle Vancouver’s mild and moist November weather.  All you need is the right gear, and great visibility.

Getting your bike tuned, lubed, and brakes adjusted is recommended too!

We’re happy to give you the advise you need to have a safe and enjoyable ride.

Check out our selection of commuter wear and bike lights in our online catalogue

NEW!! Commuter Bike Wear

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Through careful selection and consideration, we’ve now added commuter cycling wear to our customer accoutrement at the Denman Bike Shop.  New Product arriving Daily!

There are many new exciting products to tell you about, but First of all, we’d like to introduce my new personal favorite, the Endura Windchill II Commuter Cycling Jacket.

Endura Windchill II Jacket, warm, breathable, stretchy and sexy!  Yes, that’s right… this Fall/Spring commuter jacket is as good looking as it is feeling.

For a bike commuter jacket, Endura Sport has managed to place the seams, stripes, zips and reflective bits in just the right places to enhance your riding, and your fashion experience.
This jacket really transitions well on or off the bike.

The jacket is waterproof, breathable, stretchable in just the ride places (oh yes I said that), and has a thermal “Roubaix” fabric that is designed to keep you warm, and to wick-away moisture to keep you dry.

There’s a concealed chest pocket with glasses wipe, and three great pockets on the back;  including a zip-up waterproof pouch, perfect for your smart phone.

The “pit zipps” help you stay fresh, and the laser cut inner storm flap keeps you dry.  There’s a handy silicone strip on the lower inside trim that keeps the jacket in place covering your bottom, preventing that annoying creep up over your back while riding.

I love my new Endura Windchill II Jacket

I really love how flexible and fitting the jacket is, allowing me to start out warm, and stay cool and dry.  And at the same time I don’t mind  just wearing the Windchill jacket around Vancouver, while I shop, visit the pub, or breezy English Bay Beach.

NEW Electra Loft 3i & Endura Bike Clothing

Why wait for a rainy day?  Add this stylish new jacket to your wardrobe today.

Check out our  line of commuter bike wear at one of our Vancouver bike stores, or shop online now

Great NEW Bike Baskets in Stock

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Just when we thought we couldn’t cherry pick any more fabulous bike baskets for you to choose from, we found a few more cherries!

Check out the bike basket wall at our Uptown Vancouver Bike Shop on Main at 10th

Here’s a few of our favourite NEW picks!

Linus Delano Basket

The Linus Delano basket, attaches securely to the stem/headset, fork stays.  It’s roomy, deep and very stylish.  It even has a built in ring to act as your cup holder!

Check it out!

Electra Alloy-Wood Basket

This cool new basket from Electra has a real wood bottom, and lightweight alloy tubing.  This basket also attaches to the stem of your bike with supports, allowing for more weight to be carried without affecting your steering.   It comes in black, or silver.

See more details

Nantucket Madaket Basket

A wonderful addition to the Nantucket bike basket collection is the Nantucket Madaket strap-mounted bike basket, featuring a lid!   Now you can load up your goodies, and keep them if you hit a bump in the road.

You can shop for this high quality bike basket here

To see more of the many many bike baskets we’ve picked for you, come on in to one of our two Vancouver bicycle stores, or check out our online webstore today.

Need help figuring out what kind of basket to buy?   Check out this article, and feel free to ask one of our bike basket experts.

New Nutcase Helmets with streamlined sizing

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas

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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.

How to Choose a Bike Basket

Category: Featured Items, News

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How to choose a bike basket?

Well yes, there’s the question of  White Wicker, Dark Wicker, or Plastic or Metal…. However

There are actually  a few important things consider first
like which baskets will work best for your bike and your needs

Baskets attach to your bike in 3 Main ways:

1. With straps (preferably leather), attached to your handlebar

2. With a Quick Release Bracket

3. Fixed to your headset

Wicker baskets with straps are lovely, look classic, beachy and fun.

However, depending on your needs, and the stem on your bike, these baskets can tilt forward a fair bit.

Nantucket Cisco Basket on Electra Amsterdam

Electra Wicker with Straps on Electra Cruiser 7

Quick-Release baskets attach to your handlebars, and can be removed and re-attached with a release lever.

These baskets typically sit up more horizontal, and keep clear of any cabling your bike may have.

Electra Mesh QR Basket on Townie 7D

Axiom City Wicker DLX on Townie 7D

As a general rule, you should not put more than 10 pounds in a front-mounted bike basket.

Not that your basket won’t hold the weight, but the basket will begin to steer for you, and not typically in the direction you desire.

When baskets are attached to the handlebars, they are at the highest external pivot point of the bike, and the more weight in this area, the more your handlebars will want to flop from side to side.

If instead, you choose a Fixed Mount Basket, the basket will be attached at a lower centre of gravity.

So, it will not affect your steering as much. Plus, with supports attached to your fork, this style of basket will allow you to carry more weight. Some riders find up to 15 or more pounds, depending on your control.

Electra Steel Square Fixed Mount Basket

Electra Plastic Wicker Fixed Mount Basket on Electra Amsterdam Original

Once you’ve decided on which type of basket meets your function requirements, you can explore the plethura of fashion choices available!

Need to carry more than 10lbs?

Consider a rear pannier rack with a basket on the back!


Axiom Rear Shopper Basket

One Final Tip.

Do BE CAREFUL parking your bike with a full basket load. Once you put your kickstand down, if you allow your basket to lean in the same direction of your kickstand, you can expect to see your bike hit the ground.

Check out our grand selection of Baskets available In-Store or Online now!

Buy Brooks Saddles Online in Canada

Category: Featured Items, Gift Ideas

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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!

Brooks B17 "Real" Red

Brooks B17 Ocre

Visit our online store to view our complete collection.

We will also custom order any Brooks products available.