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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!

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.

*mechanical breathing* “No, I am your father.”

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.

Re-think your ride with Electra’s new Verse line of fitness bikes.

Category: Bike Trends, Featured Items

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You love Electra bikes, but you’re looking for something a little more….. zippy?

Electra’s new Verse series of fitness-oriented bikes will have you speeding through your work-out with a smile on your face!

Electra Verse 24D Ladies' Amethyst

With a unique sleek aesthetic, clean lines, and extensively engineered ride quality, the Electra Verse is a versatile fitness-oriented ride.

The lightweight aluminum frames, with 21 or 24 speed drive-trains, and 700C wheels allow you to speed through your workout, or your commute.

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The Riding position isn’t aggressive or hunched.  Instead, Thanks to Electra’s proprietary handle bar, high head tube position, and quill stem you’ve got yourself an ergonomically ideal angle that allows you to ride longer distances without fatigue.

Electra Verse 21D Jade Turquoise

Come in to our Vancouver Bike Shop today and try out our Demo.

We’ll be receiving these brand new 2012 bikes by late February, so you’ll be well on your way to a better beach bod by summer.

Check out the Full Line of Verse Bikes in our Catalogue here!

Electra Owner’s Ride This Saturday!

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Join us for our Annual Electra Owner’s Bike Ride around Stanley Park & the Vancouver Seawall.

Over $1000.00 worth of Prizes & SWAG again this year!!
Also a Photo Scavenger Hunt, Contests, Trophies and more! 

See our Facebook page for details of the Scavenger Hunt this week. 

Your Partner, Spouse, Date or Friend doesn’t have an Electra bike ?
Each Electra Rider is allowed a “plus One” whom isn’t on an Electra bike !

Whether you ride an Electra Cruiser, Amsterdam, Townie or Ticino;
get together with other Electra owner’s and Celebrate your Electra Lifestyles.

Details of the Photo Scavenger Hunt on your Electra bike,
will be reveled days prior to the event.   To the Victors goes the Trophy/Glory.

RSVP  to our Facebook Event or Email us to let us know you’re attending. Or, just show up at 5:30 on Saturday.

We meet at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout in Stanley Park, near the entrance to Stanley Park at the end of Denman Street and Georgia.   

Rain or Shine
Carpe Diem!