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Gear up your bike and your body for winter biking

Oct 31, 2016
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How to prepare for a season of winter biking

As the temperature drops, the days grow dark, and the rain continues to fall, it’s obvious that winter biking conditions have set in. West Coast riders are a hardy bunch and stay out there ripping up the trails, roads, and race courses year-round. Why let a little weather slow you down?!

In our neck of the woods, that means rainy season for the most part—and lots of it. To arrive at your destination, and/or play on the trails safely, you’ll need to gear up both your bike and your body. With a little bit of bike preparation and a few extra layers of clothing, you’ll soon be ready to put hours in the saddle all season long.

winter biking preparation with Trail Bicycles

Dress for success

As the days get shorter, you’re likely to find yourself commuting in darkness at least one way. When it comes to clothes, make sure you can be seen with bright, reflective, and waterproof clothing like pants and jackets.

Like other winter sports, dressing in layers is the key to staying comfortable. We carry base layers that are made specifically for biking. They allow freedom of movement and wick away moisture, while providing bulk-free warmth. A breathable mid-layer of fleece followed by a waterproof, windproof outer layer will help keep you cozy and dry.

Don’t forget to keep your extremities happy. Cold, wet hands, head, and feet definitely take the fun out of biking, so make sure you invest in some warm, waterproof gloves, socks, and shoe covers. To keep your head and ears toasty, get a light-weight toque, headband, skullcap, or balaclava that fits under your helmet. You can also opt for a helmet cover to keep the rain out and the heat in. Just be sure to light up your helmet cover to add you some visibility.

Winterize your bike

Wet winter road conditions are magical for attracting thorns, shards of glass, and sharp pieces of rock to your tires and puncturing tubes. So, get your tires checked and keep at least two tubes handy and a good pump in case of a flat—or two. With our relatively mild conditions you can use low-pressure knobby tires on both the front and rear wheels. Some riders like to have tires with more channels for better grip on wet pavement. For that occasional cold snap with snow and ice, winter tires with spikes and a wide tread pattern will clear snow and increase traction. Fat bikes are the ultimate option for winter commuting and trail riding. With substantial tire clearance, they are like a mountain bike with snowshoes.

Grab yourself some fenders—they are worth their weight in gold come wintertime. Not only do they keep all that wet, grimy spray from covering you but they also keep it away from those riding behind you.

It’s a good idea to check in with us about changing your chain lube for the season, as well as making sure that you clean your chain regularly. In fact, all of your bike maintenance should be doubled up at this time of year because sand, salt, mud, and grime takes an extra toll on brake pads, chains, bearings, and tires. A tune-up going into and out of the winter riding season is highly recommended.

winter biking preparationWhen commuting during the winter, make sure to give yourself a little extra time to get where you’re going. Brake early, don’t make hard turns, and be well-prepared for some gnarly conditions. It’s always a good idea to keep a charged phone and some cash handy. If you’re ready for it, both commuting and recreational riding can be an enjoyable year-round endeavour.

Don’t be shy, we have all the gear you’ll need—plus a knowledgeable, handy mechanical crew ready to help get your bike in shape. Stop by our full-service shop at 1999 Lake Trail Road in Courtenay Tuesday through Saturday, or give us call at 250.334.2456 to book your bike an appointment.

Brand Spotlight: Norco

Oct 24, 2016
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Here at Trail Bicycles, we’re all about the bikes. We buy them, we sell them, we fix and maintain them, and we ride the heck out of them.

We ride them for exercise, we ride them to and from work, and we ride them just for fun. Whatever reason you have for putting a tube between your legs and pedaling off, we believe that you should have a solid bike to hit the road or trail with.

Here’s one of the awesome bike brands that we proudly carry in the shop…

Norco enhances the ride experience on the mountain, on the road, and in the city

norco available at trail bicyclesNorco has been in the bike industry for over 50 years. What started from a converted chicken coop in small-town British Columbia, is now a global brand that delivers more than 125 models to enthusiastic riders around the world.

Driven by a passion for cycling in all its forms, Norco has helped to shape the industry and sport over the past five decades. They were one of the first North American companies to deliver ten-speeds; they helped lay the foundation for BMX sponsoring their first factory team in 1981; and they mounted suspension forks to mountain bike frames before most people knew about the sport.

Why do we like Norco?norco cyclocross at trail bicycles

While they can proudly boast a storied past filled with accolades and excellent bikes, Norco remains fixed on the future and continues to deliver the very best ride possible year after year. Driven by the single objective of enhancing the ride experience anywhere, Norco develops technologies that make their bikes fast and comfortable. Their bikes are light, strong, stiff, and intuitive to ensure riders get more hours in the saddle, cover more terrain, and share more smiles with friends.

Norco’s commitment expands beyond delivering extraordinary bikes. They believe that cycling should be available to everyone and enthusiastically supports cycling in a number of ways. For every Norco bike sold, one dollar is donated to cycling advocacy programs, charities, and organizations throughout North America.

How do you get your hands on a Norco?norco sight at trail bicycles

Start here! We have two of Norco’s awesome bikes in the shop: the Sight and the Threshold.

The Sight is rowdy, delivers rock-solid performance, and has a little something for every trail rider. The Threshold is tough, lightweight, and doesn’t shy away from mud on the track. Both of these bikes look good doing what they do.

It’s important to choose a bike that is right for you, and how you want to ride it. The choices can be overwhelming, but that’s where we come in! Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, plus we ride a lot of bikes and are happy to share our experiences with you. norco threshold at trail bicycles

Give us a call at 250-334-2456 to talk about getting yourself out on a Norco today. Or, just stop by the shop to say hello and take one out for a spin! They really do sell themselves.

Brand Spotlight: Trek

Sep 25, 2016
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Here at Trail Bicycles, we’re all about the bikes. We buy them, we sell them, we fix and maintain them, and we ride the heck out of them.

We ride them for exercise, we ride them to and from work, and we ride them just for fun. Whatever reason you have for putting a tube between your legs and pedaling off, we believe that you should have a solid bike to hit the road or trail with.

Here’s one of the awesome bike brands that we proudly carry in the shop…

Trek bikes stocked at Trail Bicycles

Trek stays the course with four decades of relentless progression

A name that was hatched over a few beers on a cold Wisconsin night in 1976, is proudly published on millions of bike frames across the globe. Within a decade of its launch, Trek became America’s leading bicycle-maker.

From the beginning, Trek set out to build really good bikes and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing from Wisconsin for the past four decades. Spurred by the desire to produce high-end quality bikes that stretch from middle price points up to the top, Trek is a brand loved around the world.

Why do we like Trek? Trek bikes available at Trail Bicycles

As a company built on pride and the desire to construct the best bikes in the world, Trek products are
built to last a lifetime with the simple promise that they always do right. It’s a promise that’s easy to keep when the best customer service is never having an issue.

Trek is always racing to build better bikes—literally. They employ teams of cyclists, triathletes, downhill racers, Cyclocross racers, Enduro racers, and many more who test, race, and put Trek brands through the paces to provide valuable feedback to their product development team.

How do you get your hands on a Trek?

Trek bikes available at Trail BicyclesThat’s easy—right here at the shop! Whether you’re wanting to venture on or off the road, we have a steady stock of Trek brands that will satisfy all your biking dreams.

It’s important to choose a bike that is right for you, and how you want to ride it. The choices can be overwhelming, but that’s where we come in! Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, plus we ride a lot of bikes and are happy to share our experiences with you.

Give us a call at 250-334-2456 to talk about getting yourself on a Trek. Or, just stop by the shop to say hello and take one out for a spin!

Brand Spotlight: Ibis Cycles

Aug 31, 2016
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Here at Trail Bicycles, we’re all about the bikes. We buy them, we sell them, we fix and maintain them, and we ride the heck out of them.

We ride them for exercise, we ride them to and from work, and we ride them just for fun. Whatever reason you have for putting a carbon fiber tube between your legs and pedaling off, we believe that you should have a solid bike to hit the road or trail with.

Here’s one of the awesome bike brands that we proudly carry in the shop…

ibis cycles for sale at trail bicycles

Ibis Cycles: building quality bikes so people can ride more and work less

Back in spring of 1981, Scot Nicol started building Ibis frames without a plan or money. Thirty-five years later, Ibis continues to produce highly evolved bikes that stand the test of happy riders all over the world.

Offering bikes that are versatile, efficient, and really, really fast, Ibis goes all out with geometry and suspension design. Ibis certainly shines and repeatedly blows people away. The consistently pick up incredible reviews and accolades such as Bike Radar Editor’s Choice, Bicycling’s Editor’s Choice, National Geographic’s Gear of the Year, and Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine’s Trail Bike Best in Test award.

Why do we like Ibis Cycles?

Building top-quality bikes that are wickedly versatile and a whole lot of fun, Ibis never disappoints. The team over at Ibis is imaginative, smart, energetic, and focused. They love riding bikes and work really hard to build awesome bikes that redefine the market. Plus—like us—they know how to have fun on a bike.

Ibis Cycles builds some outrageously good bikes that are easy on the eyes, confident, capable, and incredibly playful.

How do you get your hands on an Ibis Cycles bike?

Right here at Trail Bicycles! We have two really kickass Ibis bikes stocked in the shop and built to rip up trails. The Mojo HD3 was Ibis’ most popular bike in 2015, and is known as the best-balanced all-mountain bike on the market. Its drop-in weight and pedal performance will have you going up really fast, and heading down scary fast. The Mojo 3 can go anywhere and do anything. The baby brother of the HD3 is light, tight, and energetic giving it amazing climbing and descending abilities.

Give us a call at 250-334-2456 to talk about owning an Ibis today.

Or, just stop by the shop and say hello! You can even take one out for a spin. But we have to warn you, it will be love at first sight.

Pivot Cycles: high performance bikes

Aug 5, 2016
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Brand Spotlight: Pivot Cycles

Here at Trail Bicycles, we’re all about the bikes. We buy them, we sell them, we fix and maintain them, and we ride the heck out of them.

We ride them for exercise, we ride them to and from work, and we ride them just for fun. Whatever reason you have for putting a carbon tube between your legs and pedaling off, we believe that you should have a solid bike to hit the road or trail with.

Here is one of the awesome bike brands that we proudly carry in the shop… Read More »

Where to mountain bike on Vancouver Island

Jul 21, 2016
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You’ll be hitting the dirt hard when you ride these 6 epic Vancouver Island mountain bike trail systems

Vancouver Island is a mecca for mountain bikers. With an ancient rainforest, rocky peaks, a mild climate, and thriving communities, it’s the place to be when looking for two-wheeled adventure.

On Vancouver Island, there’s a variety of mountain biking trails for everyone from the beginner to the expert. Our area is known for its vast network of accessible trails in places like Cumberland, Courtenay, and Campbell River. Plus, there’s sweet riding on Quadra Island, Hornby Island, and even down south in Duncan and Victoria.

It’s really tough to choose where to ride every time we head out, but here are a few of our favourite mountain bike trail systems…

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Like us on Facebook and you could win a free bike tune-up

Jul 5, 2016
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Stay in touch with us on Facebook and you could win your bike a full tune-up

Biking season’s in full swing. Whether you’re ripping up some singletrack, zipping down the highway, or merrily cruising the streets, it’s a good time to show your bike a little love and keep her happy all summer long.

We love summer, we love bikes, and we love staying in touch. So, we’ve decided to give away a free regular tune-up to one lucky biker who likes us over on FacebookRead More »

Support the Ride to Conquer Cancer by watching 2 epic bike movies

Jun 17, 2016
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Double header movie night featuring Anthill Films’ Not Bad and Not2Bad

What: 2 epic bike films, Not Bad and Not2Bad, plus a chance to fight cancer
When: July 7 and 8
Where: Frelone’s Building, 2781 Dunsmuir, Cumberland
How: Get your $10 tickets at Trail Bicycles, 1999 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay
Who: You
Why: Why wouldn’t you??!  Read More »

The best mountain bike trails in Cumberland

Jun 10, 2016
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Here’s the low-down on Cumberland’s legendary mountain bike trails

cumberland mountain bike trails

Cumberland is home to some of the best mountain biking on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re on the hunt for fast and furious downhill or smooth and flowy cross-country, Cumberland, BC is a great place to ride.

Cumberland’s trails are homegrown, mountain bike specific trails that are built and maintained by a hearty crew of local volunteers. The trail system is a unique mix of old and new trails that has something to offer riders of all skills and tastes.

Cumberland also hosts a number of mountain bike events throughout the year, including group rides and races, organized by the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) and others. There are also other big events that pass through, like BC Bike Race and MOMAR.  Read More »

Join our mailing list to win some sweet Trail Bicycles swag

Jun 10, 2016
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We’ve got a Trail Bicycles hat, sock, and t-shirt with your name on them.

Well, ours actually . . .

You’ve seen our sweet shop swag hitting the trails, blocking the sun at the beach, and keeping toes cozy around a campfire. Now you’ve got a chance to stop feeling green with envy and get kitted out in your own set of shop swag.

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Simply join our mailing list and you could win a Trail Bicycles’ hat, sock, and t-shirt combo. You’ll wonder why you didn’t pick up a set sooner!

How do you join our mailing list?

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  5. Cross your fingers and enjoy our monthly newsletter while you wait to win

At the start of July, we’ll select one lucky subscriber at random so they can rock out our gear all summer long. If you want that to be you, click here now to get in on our monthly newsletter, and the chance at winning some great gear.

What are you waiting for?! Join our mailing list pronto!

What if you’re already on our mailing list?

Already enjoying our monthly newsletter? Don’t worry, you’ve got a shot at winning too!

You’re automatically entered into the draw when you leave a comment on our Facebook page with the hashtag #alreadyatrailbikessubscriber

Comox Valley Bike Races 2016

Jun 2, 2016
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Gear up for some awesome 2016 bike races and events in the Comox Valley

Here in the Comox Valley, we have phenomenal riding conditions and an energized biking community. With that comes a whole lot of racing. From world-class singletrack, to cross country, to enduro, there’s much to choose from when you’re racing around these parts.

Are you up for the challenge this racing season? If you’re on the fence, check out the races below, get fired up and sign yourself up! If your answer is yes then tell all your friends. These races are fun, and it’s always good to have a buddy, or two, to race with and share a post-race bevvy.

 

Coal Town Classic: June 5

The Third Annual Coal Town Classic takes place in Cumberland Sunday, June 5. The 50km course includes much of Cumberland’s robust network of trails—it’s also the course for this year’s BC Bike Race Cumberland stage! If you want something that’s still pretty epic, but rocks out 20 fewer kilometres, then give the Coal Town Classic Lite a go.

This United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) sponsored event treats all participants and volunteers to a classic UROC BBQ. Plus, all riders are eligible for great prizes—whether you make the podium or barely finish the course!

Find out more about the Coal Town Classic here.

 

12 Hours of Cumberland: June 11

Organized by UROC, this epic event is set to roll on Saturday, June 11. Perfect for all abilities, riders can compete in the solo category for the coveted Twelve Hour Cup, or for the equally coveted Beardsley Pottery mugs in teams of 2 or 4 men or women. There’s also the option of mixed teams—a perfect fit for racing families!

Teens age 12 to 16 can get it on the fun for a discounted rate of $20 and ride in teams of 2 or 4. Youth under the age of 12 can participate for FREE in teams of 2 or 4.

Find out more about the 2016 12 Hours of Cumberland here.

 

Cumberland Enduro: June 26

Sponsored by UROC, this race takes place June 26 and features hot trails that work for the first timer, the pro, or the rider just looking for a good time.

Part of the 2016 Vancouver Island Cup Mountain Bike Race Series, racers will have a lot of fun on this course.

Find out more about the Cumberland Enduro here.

 

BC Bike Race: July 6-13

The ultimate singletrack experience takes place July 6 to 13, with the first day starting off in Cumberland July 7. Although this epic seven-day bike race is sold out for 2016, it’s always worth watching the riders start their journey.

If it’s on your bucket list, or you’re just toying with the idea—don’t hesitate! Get yourself on the waitlist by clicking here!

Find out more about the BC Bike Race here.

 

Lazo Road Race: June 26

If you’re a roadie, you’ll be thrilled about this road race happening Sunday, June 26. This brand new, challenging course will start and finish at Brooklyn Elementary in Comox.

There are three categories to race in, and prizes will be awarded in all divisions.

Contact the Comox Valley Cycling Club for more information.

 

2016 Time Trials: Every Thursday

Trail Bicycles is proudly sponsoring the 2016 time trials that have been happening every Thursday night since April 14 with the Comox Valley Cycling Club.

Trials start at 6pm sharp (register 10 minutes before), and weekly prizes are up for grabs!

The next date for a trial is Thursday, June 14.

Click here for the full schedule.

One comment could win you a coveted Trail Bicycles hoodie

May 17, 2016
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Staying warm has never looked so cool!

You’ve seen them around town. You’ve secretly coveted them from a distance. And now you yourself could own the Comox Valley fashion piece of 2016 . . . a Trail Bicycles hoodie!

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Simply like our Facebook page and then post a comment with the hashtag #trailbikeshoodie. And don’t forget to like our Facebook page while you’re there!

Click here to go to our Facebook page now

At the start of June, one lucky winner will be chosen at random to keep super toasty cosy in a Trail Bicycles hoodie around campfires all summer long. (Said hoodie also functions as the perfect après ride patio garment and pairs well with your favourite post-ride beverage.)

Are you still here? Go to our Facebook page now.

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