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Why E-Bikes?

Category: Bike Trends, DBS Community, Pro Tips

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Have you ever found yourself wishing you could ride your bike to the store, the park, to work, but it’s a little bit too far? Or gone shopping on your bike and ended up buying things that are a little uncomfortably heavy? Or do you need the range of a car, but hate parking in Vancouver? (who doesn’t) If so, an electric bike might be right for you!

Electric bikes have come a long way since their conception. As early as the 1890s, US patents were being filed for electric-assist bikes, and e-bikes were available to consumers in a variety of configurations. These early e-bikes, however, were heavy, due to the materials in use at the time, and specifically due to the lead-acid batteries used to power them.

E-bike 1932 (by Philips & Simplex)

E-bike 1932 (by Philips & Simplex)

Luckily, today we live in a different world. Advances in materials have made quality e-bikes lighter, more powerful, higher range, and more pleasant to ride than ever before. Modern e-bikes often have frames of high-strength, low-weight aluminum, optimized geometry for the bike’s expected style of riding, powerful, compact motors placed in optimal drivetrain configurations, fully weather-sealed components, and energy-dense, light, fast-charging lithium-ion batteries.

What this means for a potential e-bike user is that not only do quality e-bikes ride like a normal bike, but they also provide the assistance you need, when you need it. Need to go that extra 10 kilometers? You can. Filled your bags too full of groceries? No problem. Want to go on a long bike ride with your fit friend, child, or grandchild? You’ll leave them in the dust. Hills getting you down when you want to go down to Spanish Banks? Leave it to an e-bike to get you back up.

As for maintenance issues, quality e-bikes are built with weather and wear in mind, so maintenance on the e-bike components will be minimal. In addition, the electrical components of all the quality e-bikes we sell come with at least a two year warranty. Legally, an electric bike is considered a regular bicycle, as well, so you won’t need any more safety equipment than you would need with a regular bicycle. However, one thing this entails is that the e-bike motor can take you to a legal maximum of 32.2 km/hr on level ground; if you’ve ever gone this fast on a regular bicycle, you’ll know that is pretty fast.

A modern e-bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/testlab)

A modern e-bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/testlab)

So, to conclude, who are e-bikes good for? In Vancouver, e-bikes are good for everyone! Many of our quality e-bikes come decked out with everything you could need for Vancouver and its weather – most have rain-defeating fenders already fitted, and some come with cargo transportation components ready-fitted. No matter your cycling experience, check out our catalogue of e-bikes, call (604) 559-9494 to book a test ride, or come down to Denman Bikes at 2607 Main Street and try out one of our e-bikes for yourself today!

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!

The Denman Bike LOCKING Your Bike Guide

Category: DBS Community, Pro Tips

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YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED!

You wouldn’t believe how often we spot bikes locked incorrectly, or not locked at all!

Here’s our crash-course in how to lock it up, and lock it right to prevent against theft.

 

7 STEPS TO LOCKING YOUR BIKE CORRECTLY

  1. Choose the right lock! The level of security you need depends on where you’re leaving your bike, and for how long.
  2. Always lock your bike to something solid, and that your bike cannot be lifted over-top of. A thief can lift your bike right over a parking meter or pole without even touching your lock!
  3. If possible, lock your bike in a well-lit, busy area with lots of pedestrian traffic. Eyes on the street go a long way to keep your bike safe!
  4. Lock up your bike on the frameNOT the seat post, NOT the front or back wheel!  The “triangle system” is a popular reference for choosing the best locking areas on your frame.
  5. Using more than one lock can also be a great method, locking the wheels to the frame as well as the frame to your chosen post or object. Use accessory cables or anti-theft skewer sets to secure your wheels.
  6. Get the tightest fit possible! The looser your lock is positioned, the easier it is for thieves to use their tools and saw or pry the lock open.
  7. Position your lock off the ground with the combination set or keyhole facing down.

 

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You’re Doing it Wrong :(

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This pink bike is “locked” with an easy-to-snip accessory cable around the seat post :(

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This blue bike was locked around the wrong part of the bike, but worse still, it wasn’t even locked to the bike post. It’s locked to nothing at all :(

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This bike was locked through the wheel. So long, bike!

 

You’re Doing it Right! :)

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This bike is locked with a solid chain and two U locks to a good solid object, using the correct fame points to ensure the security of the bike and wheels. The seat cover is a nice touch too :) You never know – there might be an expensive seat under there, and a seat cover is a great way to disguise it! Seats are stolen too.

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This is a great example of how to best use your Bordo lock! Adding a cable or locking skewers to protect the front wheel would be a great addition, too.

Come by either our Stanley Park or Main Street location for a free lock consultation today!

 

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.

Shop Local, Shop the ‘Hood!

Category: Current Events, DBS Community, News

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It’s that time of year again!

Shop the Neighbourhood is back! This November 28th when you spend $50 or more on regularly priced items in store you are eligible for a $10 VIP Gift Card towards your next purchase, FREE!

Check out this link to see how you can participate and THANK YOU for shopping locally! We love you too.

Bike To Work Week Is Almost Here!

Category: Current Events, DBS Community, News

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Bike to Work Week is almost upon us! The folks at HUB are partnering with local bike shops to set up commuter stations around Vancouver providing information, services and snacks!

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In addition to stations around Vancouver, you can register yourself or a team online to be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Vietnam! Check out HUB’s website to see how you can get involved!

As for us, we can be found at 10th and Ontario this upcoming Monday, October 26th from 4.30 onward handing out minor service, info and prizes! It’s always a fun time, so you should definitely stop by and say hello!

Obligatory shots from last year below!

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

Help us Support children needing organ transplants

Category: Current Events, DBS Community

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Come join us this Friday Nov 18th , at the 1st  Annual Kids Help Kids Benefit starring young singing sensation Cole Armour with Brent Butt acting as MC.

The event, in support of the David Foster Foundation, raises money for children needing life-saving transplants.  There is a dinner, auction and Vegas-style show at the Red Robinson Theatre.

We’re donating this beautiful Electra OM Ladies Cruiser and an Early Rider balance bike for the Live-Auction portion of the evening.

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With a Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Guests and young stars, the Show is sure to be a fantastic time all in support of a very important cause.

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Proceeds will go to www.davidfosterfoundation.com

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.ca

Out in Shcools Raffle, Winner of Ticino 8D!

Category: DBS Community

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Congratulations to Lisa Schafer, winner of the 2010 Out in Schools Summer lottery, as part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Lisa was the uber-proud winner of the Electra Men’s Ticino 8D bicycle sponsored by Electra Bikes and the Denman Bike Shop.

This year the lottery initiative rasised over $6,000 for Out in Schools and the Queer History Project programs.

Since the bike was not quite the right frame style for Lisa, her colleague Paul was more than happy to buy Lisa a brand new Electra Townie 7D Eggplant in exchange!

Here they are, proud cyclists !

We are very happy once again to have participated in this meaningful event.

See you next year,
Denman Bike Shop

Register for the 2010 DBS Scavenger Scramble!

Category: DBS Community, News

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On Sunday May 16th, the Denman Bike Shop will be hosting the 2nd Annual Scavenger Scramble, cruiser bike ride for charity!

Not your usual group cruiser bike ride, we’ll be sending you on a type of scavenger hunt with your bikes around beautiful Vancouver.   Instead of collecting objects, you’ll be photogrpahing yourselves and your bikes at secret photo destinations that will be revealed at 1:30 pm May 16th at the Round-about in Stanley Park, near Lost Lagoon.

Each legitimate photo enters you into a draw to WIN  be Prizes and Swag !  Not to mention we’ll be raffling off an Electra Cruiser bike worth Over $700!

We’ve got a terrifc selection of SWAG prizes from our Sponsors: Electra Bicycles, Norco, Cycles Lambert

Swag Prizes include: Axiom Baskets, Abus Locks, Electra Accessories, Continental Tires, and more!

$15 registration fee includes 1 Ticket for the Electra bicycle draw. Additional tickets for the Bike Raffle can be purchased for $10 each or 3 for $25.

All proceeds from this Charity Ride will be donated to the Haro Park Centre for Seniors

See you there Rain or Shine!

Pre-registration is highly recommended, and can be done at the Denman Bike Shop or here by Pay Pal!