Cycling Resources

Spring is here and I’m changing gear

This lovely spring weather has got me thinking about what us “fair-weather” riders may need to do to make a smooth transition of getting back in the saddle again. The other day, I was planning to quickly grab my bike and enjoy a leisurely ride along the cherry blossoms lined-roads. I unearthed my bike and realized the tires were soft and the chain was in some need of lube. Hummm, not really the spontaneous moment I was hoping for. At least the pump and oil were handy and I was on my way fairly quickly, that is after I readjusted my helmet. Did my head really shrink that much?

Ride Ready Tips:

Tires– check that they are properly inflated and not too worn or cracking on the sides
Wheels– should be wobble free, easy to spin, and attached securely
Chain– probably needs lubrication
Brakes– should be squeezable, making contact and the pads shouldn’t be dried out or worn down
Bolts– rust-free and tight. If the bikes making noises or rattles you probable have something loose
Handle-bars– replace tape or grips if they are worn out, tattered or “gummy”

If you’re in any doubt about the safely of your bike, drop by the shop (we have parking in the back) and our mechanics will be happy to look it over and make any suggestions as to what you need to get your bike road ready. You may need to leave your stead with us for a full tune-up ($58) or some minor adjustments (starting at $10) just top up the air and lube the chain (free) and you and yours can be on your merry way to Bike The Blossoms.

Happy Riding, Jan

Cycle, Sand and Sun

TSS-Cycling-550x550Come join us for an unforgettable week in the Dominican Republic from February 3-10 as we ride in the 2016 Tour Del Mareo.

Start off at the resort for 2 days to get ready and try a quick ride along the coast and then head off for 3 days of road touring designed for intermediate and advanced-level cyclists looking to cover longer distances through beautiful landscapes and scenery. Following the ride, this trip is topped off by 2 full days to relax and enjoy the beach at the Barcelo Dominican Beach – Punta Cana with friends new and old.

This challenging ride will allow you to really experience this spectacular island from saddle height, stretch your legs, and push your limits.

For more information: http://thesupporterssection.com/event/cycle-sand-and-sun-dominican-republic-cycling/ 

 

Cycling around Vancouver


Cycling Around Vancouver-Translink
Other great links from this site, too! Cycling is often the fastest way of getting around especially in more urban areas of Metro Vancouver. It is also a healthful and enjoyable way to travel.

TransLink is committed to making cycling a realistic travel option by providing bike access on transit, bike storage, and planning and funding support for bikeways and other cycling infrastructure.

The Vancouver Bicycle Club

VBCThe Vancouver Bicycle Club organizes road and mountain bike day rides and tours, informational events, and social gatherings.

Whether you’re new to cycling, have recently dusted off your bike after a period of wishful thinking, or have been riding for years, they have rides for you.

Visit http://vbc.bc.ca/ for more information.

Vancouver Bike Lane Maps

bike-route-map-featureVancouver Bike Lane maps are available at our shop — a handy pocket sized guide to routes. One of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around town, and to experience our unforgettable scenery, is by bike. You can ride your bike on almost all Vancouver streets, and the City has an extensive network of designated bike routes to help you get around. The City’s updated Transportation Plan will set the bar even higher for making bike routes even more comfortable and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.