By Afton Aikens & Olivia Grecu
Photo: Courtesy of Jasper Source for Sports
Enhance Your Ride
Looking for a new bike after this season? Road and mountain bikes with carbon fibre frames are more popular and affordable than ever, notes Marc Vien of Jasper Source for Sports. Less weight and stiffer construction allow more power to transfer from rider to pedal to wheel for increased efficiency and speed. “The returns if you ride a lot are very positive,” Vien says.
Bikers in Nose Hill in Calgary’s NW. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.
With its many scenic parks and river corridors, the city of Calgary is a cycling paradise. Several bike rental stores are conveniently located near popular routes alongside the Bow and Elbow Rivers and numerous recreational parks. These are our picks for the top rental shops around town.
#4 Calgary Bike Rental
Eau Claire Rapid Rent
Close to the river in the heart of Eau Claire, this shop features rentals for the entire family. Children’s, junior and adult bikes including tandems, hybrids and road bikes are available, $10 – $15 per hour, $40 – 60 per day (over five hours). Child bike trailers are also available, $7 – $25. The store is located minutes away from the beautiful riverside paths of Prince’s Island Park.
•Eau Claire Rapid Rent, 200 Barclay Parade SW, 403-444-5845
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The Bobbin Birdie in robin’s egg blue. Photo: Bobbin Bicycles.
Whether enjoying Calgary’s beautiful bike paths or making an urban commute, do so in style with the Bobbin Birdie.
This cute upright bike combines vintage with modern esthetics and is reminiscent of the city bikes typically ridden in the cycling-friendly city of Amsterdam. The UK-based company manufactures several styles of trendy bicycles (more…)
Tonight until 11pm at the Bandstand Stage along Stephen Avenue Walk (between 1 St SE and 1 St SW), CJSW 90.9 FM will be presenting the New West Fest. Local bands will perform while CJSW DJs spin tunes and broadcast live on location.
Also this evening, at 8 pm at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington, the Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a screening of the film Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus with the film’s narrator, gonzo folk musician Jim White, in attendance for a Q&A and acoustic performance. (more…)
Bikes on trains. Photo by Sandbanks Pro
Bike enthusiasts looking to explore another city’s streets should consider a weekend two-wheel road trip enabled by one of VIA Rail Canada’s bike trains. Cyclists can bring their bikes on board for $20 per direction, and then sit back and relax until they arrive. Cities serviced include the well-travelled streets of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and a few lesser-trod spots like London and Windsor in Ontario and Jonquière and Senneterre in Quebec.
Take the family on Ottawa’s Capital parkway network, which is the reason why our capital often pops up on lists of the best cities in North America to cycle. With the views of the Ottawa River and well-groomed parks, you won’t feel like you’re in a metropolis. In Senneterre, bikers can check out Mount Bell and the dense pines of Aiguebelle Park. Cyclers travelling to Windsor have the vast 42 km Chrysler Canada Greenway ahead of them—rural routes, wineries and the beaches of Lake Erie offer something for all.
Via offers bike transportation on trains with bike racks until October 31, 2011. Find details at http://www.viarail.ca/bike.