Watching for Chain Wear
As the summer rolls on, you're likely getting the opportunity to put on a lot of kilometers. This activity helps make our waistlines shrink, but did you know that it also shrinks the waistline of your chain?
As bike chains rotate through the drivetrain, micro-abrasions wear away at the pins, and cause the chain to lengthen (or stretch). This action results in the chain contacting the teeth of the gears in a different spot than it is supposed to, and a wear pattern can form in the gears.
It's free to have us check your chain for wear. We use a small tool that measures the spacing of the links. If you're so inclined, we also sell these tools for you to have at home.
Replacing a chain before it wears out the drivetrain can save you money, but it can also save you the hassle of having a bike with skipping gears.
Pop by today to have your chain checked for free. It will give you the peace of mind to keep enjoying the ride!
Canada Day Holiday Hours
Happy Canada Day everyone! Because Canada Day falls on a Friday this year, we decided to give our staff an extra long weekend.
June 30th - 9AM - 8PM
July 1st - CLOSED
July 2nd - CLOSED
July 3rd - CLOSED
Summer's Almost Here!
We've been treated to a pretty awesome spring, and now we're into June and the temperatures continue to provide amazing bike weather..
Here are a few tips for getting your bike road ready:
1. Dust if off and give it a nice wash. Just be careful to avoid spraying any bearing areas.
2. Dry the chain off and lube the chain with bike lube such as Finishline.
3. Check the tires for wear, and pump them up to the recommended PSI which is found on the sidewall of the tire. Don't have a pump? Pop by our store.
4. Go for a little test ride to check the brakes and shifting. Examine the cables for fraying or wear.
5. Plan to get a tune-up. A full-tune includes shifting and brake adjustments, wheel truing (tightening of the spokes) and much more.
6. Get out and ride!.
Spring is a great time to get a tune-up, pop a new chain onto the bike, or even get some air in the tires.
Did you know we repair all makes and models of bicycles? It's true.
When you bring your bike into our repair centre, we'll give you a quote. If you decide to go ahead with the repairs, most of our service is completed the next day by 4PM (with Friday/Saturday repairs being returned Monday or Tuesday by 4PM). Plan to pop by, and we can take a look at your bike, and get you back on the road in no time!
It's not very often that we get one of these amazing bikes in the store. The bike retails for $14699.99 and we have it on sale for $9999.99!
While the bike has many amazing features and specs (full carbon, shock lockout on the handlebar), it's coolest feature is the inverted fork.
Even if you aren't in the market for this fantastic bike, pop by the store to see it in person before it's gone.
Cross Country Ski Rentals
All of this new fresh snow is resulting in great ski trails in and around Saskatoon. Areas such as the Wildwood and Willows Golf Course are track set by the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club. Great skiing also exists at places such as Blackstrap, Eb's Trails, Wakesiu, and Duck Mountain.
Renting skiis is a great way to enjoy this fun winter activity without all of the upfront costs of purchasing.
If you're looking to rent skiis, call ahead with your dates, or pop by the store to check availability.
With the recent snow, we've got perfect conditions for fatbike riding! These bikes can drive through almost every type of snow condition.
Many people describe fatbiking as getting to ride like a kid again. They put the fun in winter riding, as they float over snowy pathways that other bikes sink into.
Pop by to see what we have left in this season's stock, and to check out a couple of models that we have on sale.
We need more room for bikes! We're blowing out our entire stock of cross country skiis, boots, and poles. Pop by before it's gone.
Bike Maintenance Clinics
Dates for this year's maintenance clinics are as follows:
December 17, January 21, January 28, February 11, February 25
All clinics are from 5-9PM The cost is $80 and a 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. We can accommodate up to 4 people per clinic, and require a minimum of 3 people for a clinic to go ahead.
Winter is just around the corner. Let us help you prepare for cold, snowy weather with our selection of fatbikes, bar mitts, winter boots, and more! Check out our Winter page for more information.
This is just a reminder that we are moving into October, which means a change in our store hours. From October 1st until March 30th, we are open Monday to Saturday from 10AM until 6PM.