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PUT A LID ON IT: THE DENMAN HELMET GUIDE

Category: DBS Community, Pro Tips, Uncategorized

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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.

 

ELECTRA

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!

Retiring Your Car? SCRAP-IT ® with Denman Bike Shop!

Category: News, Uncategorized

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About the Program

 

Have you heard of the BC SCRAP-IT® Program? It’s a provincial “voluntary early retirement vehicle program” that offers an array of incentives to help British Columbians replace their higher-poluting, older cars with cleaner forms of transportation – like a brand new bicycle!

We’re so excited to get you riding we’ve become and approved BC SCRAP-IT Bike Shop.  That means we’ll give you 10% off (up to a $100 value) of your bike purchase. Keep your receipt and fill out the BC SCRAP-IT New Bike Claim Form and they’ll give you a rebate of 300$!

Here’s how:

 

4 Easy Steps

 

1. APPLY!

Complete the Program’s Online Application Form. Then call ICBC toll free at 1-800-663-3051 or locally at (604) 661-2800 and have them email your proof of insurance to the SCRAP-IT offices.

2. GET APPROVED!

Wait an average of 2 business days to receive your approval letter via email.

3. SCRAP YOUR CAR!

Bring in your approval letter and your old vehicle to an approved drop off location.

4. GET YOUR BRAND NEW BICYCLE!

Claim your incentive and select option #5 for your deep-discounted new bicycle from either of our 2 Vancouver Denman Bike Shop locations!

 

Rain Gear Blow Out – 50% Off

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Spring has finally arrive and the sun is out! But, remember Vancouver cyclists, we live in Rain Forest.
Don’t let spring showers spoil your ride…

Get yourself some great Rain Gear at 50% OFF!

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

All Endura and Gore Rain Wear, jackets, pants, show covers, etc. are on SALE for 50% OFF!

Check out our website
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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!

Sweet September Sale – Cruiser Bike Blow Out

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Now that we’ve got our Endless Summer back, we all know there’s lots of great riding still in store for us this season.

So we’re having a Cruiser Bike Blow Out to get out into Sweet September in style.

Many 2014/2015 In-Stock Cruisers are on Sale Starting at $299!  with Savings up to $400

Electra Men’s and Ladies Cruiser Custom 3 Speed starting at — just $299!

Electra Butterfly 3i and Numbers 3i — just $399!

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Super Rad Sparker Special — only $599

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Please visit our Denman Street Location for this promotion….

to test ride and choose the bike of your dreams, and ride off into Vancouver’ Indian Summer.

So many more to choose from, Check the selection here.

Price and availability will not last. And, there’s even more Savings in Store.

Plus remember, there’s only 5% GST on bikes (NO PST)… and you’ll save the 7% PST on any accessories we install on the bike at the time of Purchase!

SALE ENDS Sept 19th, 2015

“Shop the Hood” SALE November 29th

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It’s Shop the Neighbourhood Vancouver!

November 29th, we’ll be having Special In-Store deals and savings on Small Business Saturday.

Here are some of the promotions, many more sales to be found- In-Store

ONE DAY ONLY

30% Off Native Brand Sunglasses

20% Off 2014 Bern Helmets

2013 Bern Helmets Priced to Clear, up to 40% Off

15% Off Endura Rain & Wind Jackets

Spend $50 on Reg.Price Accessories, get a Free Compass Bell

Many 2014 Bikes On Sale, up  to 25% Off


Take Photos, WIN A BIKE from Denman Bike Shop

Category: DBS Community, News, Promotions

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This summer, you could win bicycle prize package valued at $1,000 from the Denman Bike Shop!

As part of the #WEamaze campaign, in Vancouver’s beautiful West End neighborhood of Davie, Denman and Robson Streets;

Submit photos of the neighborhood, the beach, yourself in the neighborhood, or your bike in the hood, etc. Be Creative!

Post your photos and tag them with #WEamaze and @westendbia   Weekly top photo pics will be entered into the Draw to WIN a Bike from the Denman Bike Shop!

Full contest details

Contest runs until September 12, 2014

NEW! Linus City Bikes in stock now

Category: Bike Trends

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We are excited to announce the arrival of  Linus brand bicycles

From Venice, California to Denman Bikes in Vancouver.

Simple, yet Elegant city bikes, modeled after the Golden Era French bicycles of the 50’s and 60’s;

Linus bikes feature upright riding comfort, step-thru or classic designs, and come in a variety of Internal Hub, or classic derailleur options.

Linus Dutchi 3 Speed

Linus Roadster 8 speed

With modern components and real steel frames, they are affordable and reliable.

At the Denman Bike Shop, we specialize in upright, comfortable, and fashionable city bikes. Linus bikes are a wonderful, sophisticated and fashionable compliment to our existing line.

There’s a nice selection of models and colours to choose from
Browse our selection online!

Come in a Test Ride
a Linus Dutchi, Scout, Gaston or Roadster today!

Most Linus models are In Stock NOW
at our Denman Bikes on Main at 10th Vancouver location

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!

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Visit our online store to view our complete collection.

We will also custom order any Brooks products available.

New! Electra Ladies Fashion Cruisers in Aluminum!

Category: Bike Trends

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Just in time for the Holidays, we have a lovely selection of 2013 Electra Ladies Cruisers Bikes now available in light-weight Aluminum.

The new Electra Ladies Fashion Cruisers are noticeably lighter than their steel counter-parts, and they now come with 3-piece cranks.

Why do we care about the cranks?  Well, first of all, they’re stronger and give more pedal power.   More important, for those of you who love to customize, you’ll have the option to upgrade to coloured pedals!

The line includes 3 new fashion paint schemes along with previous favourite designs now made from light-weight aluminum.

Electra Cirque 3i

Electra Wren 3i

Electra Lace 3i

If you prefer the flex-feel of steel (and the lower price), we have a great selection of steel cruisers, many of which are ON SALE Now.

View the complete line of Electra’s Ladies Aluminum Cruisers here

View the line of Electra’s ladies Steel Cruisers here

Looking for bike baskets and other bike accessories to customize your ride?

Check out our new Denman Bike Shop Online Accessories Catalogue!