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On the Road

U-Bicycle Bike Share in Port Moody

In case you haven’t noticed, there are bike share programs all over Vancouver. You know what I mean – racks of bikes that all look the same, neatly lined up and looking ever so tempting to jump on and ride.

Bike-sharing is now spreading to the burbs.

u-bicycle

A couple of weekends ago my kids and I were at Rocky Point in Port Moody when we spotted our first a bicycle rental place in the burbs.

Unlike the bike share/rental racks in Vancouver where the bikes are neatly lined up in racks, the U-Bicycle rental place had six or eight bikes clustered around a small rack.

To be honest it didn’t look very tidy or organized. Which brings me to the kind of weird phenomena that is spreading just as fast as the bike and scooter sharing concept spreads – people picking up bikes or scooters from the “share station” and throwing them in nearby bodies of water. Weird.

Anyway, about the Rocky Point U-Bicycle rental, my daughter and I decided that we wanted to test out the rental bikes. So we went over to them, scanned the QR code and tried to use the bike.

Nope. You have to first download the app. Seeing as there was no Wi-Fi nearby, I couldn’t download the app. So I waited until I got home and then downloaded the app.

Once I had the app on my phone, there’s still a little bit of information you need to fill out in order to register in order to use the bike share program.

It wasn’t as quick and simple as I had assumed it would be. However, let’s be honest, it was not onerous.

Once you do register for the bike share program, you have to pay a $50 deposit. Thankfully they do accept PayPal as a payment option. I am unclear how I can get my deposit back – or if I can. Simply registering provides the first time rider/renter with two hours of free riding.

However I then found out that you can only rent one bike at a time! I wanted to rent two bikes so that my daughter and I could go for a bicycle ride but nope. The app only allows the rental of one bike.

We got around that by loading my daughters bike into our car and going to Rocky Point where we rented the one U-Bicycle rental bike.

U-Bicycle

When you rent a bike, you need to realize that this is not a high-end bicycle.

It is a very basic, comfortable ride. However, the tires are very hard. I think, if I’m not mistaken, they are actually solid rubber tires. This is great to keep you from getting flat tires and makes the maintenance cost of the bikes lower. But yikes, that is a pretty stiff ride.

The U-Bicycle rentals are basic three speed bikes with a grip shifter that allows easy shifting with the twist of the wrist. Click-click-click to change from 1st to 2nd to 3rd. The shifting was smooth and easy to do.

On the left-hand grip is a bell which you can ring. It is loud enough to be quite effective at alerting the walkers you encounter. Loud enough when you’re on crowded or busy paths.

U-Bicycle

As you can see in the picture, the bikes are step through models. The seat with height was easy to adjust and so I stopped and lowered the seat right down and let my daughter ride the bike. She got quite a thrill out of riding the rental bike.

Thinking about the entire experience, it was relatively easy to use the app. Scan the QR code located on the back of the bike, click the “unlock” button and the bike was ready to ride.

Once we were done riding, we returned to the parking spot where the bikes are kept, scanned the QR code again, clicked the “end ride” button and the lock on the rear wheel returns to the locked position. The ride is over.

U-Bicycle

Overall, it was a fun experience. Kind of a novelty to rent a bike. I’m not sure that I would rent a bike again but, that being said I do know that I will be in Victoria this spring and U-Bicycle has rental bikes there so it might be a fun way to tour around the inner Harbour in the city a little bit.

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Vehicles

My New Rad Power Bike

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Durable Goods

My Big Orange Bike; the Raleigh Retroglide

If you have been following my blog for awhile now you will know that last summer I suffered a strange shoulder injury that basically debilitated me. I was unable to do much of anything; possibly the worst part was that I could not ride my bicycle nor my motorcycle.

I could no longer bear any weight on my arms or shoulders. No more riding my beloved Kona mountain bike. No more riding my motorcycle.

I love riding a bicycle. I love the feeling of rolling along with the wind whistling by me.

Raleigh Retroglide

Seeing as I am still unable to bear any weight on my shoulders, I decided to get a different style of bike than my mountain bike; a bike that I can sit upright on and not have to ride while putting weight on my shoulders.

I bought a cruiser!! I call it my Raleigh Retroglide my Big Orange Cruiser.

Buying a new bike is an interesting experience these days. Of course before I bought a new bike I went online and did a bunch of research. I researched bicycle manufacturers, bicycle shops, and styles of bikes.

The bike manufacturer I settle on was Raleigh. And the style of bike I settled on was Raleigh’s Retroglide 7.

Next, decide which shop to purchase from. I did the thing where you can find a shop from the Raleigh webpage and narrowed it down to a couple shops – North Van, Langley, and East Vancouver.

Raleigh Retroglide

Once I had narrowed my search to three shops I looked at the shops’ Facebook pages. Any shop that allows customers to post comments and reviews on their Facebook page is doing something right in my opinion. And the comments on the Bikes For All FB page were overwhelmingly positive, nay, they were gushing with praise for the shop’s approach to business!

Off I went on a Sunday afternoon to visit Bikes for All on East 7th Ave in Vancouver.

Raleigh Retroglide

When I got to the shop I talked to sales people and discussed my situation. They listened to me and then made suggestions of a couple of other bike styles. They really made sure I was fully aware of what I was talking about!

The fact is, a Cruiser, a bike like the Raleigh Retroglide is a very unique ride. It is nothing like a mountain bike. And the staff at Bikes For All know their bikes and they know that a not everybody is going to like the ride of a Cruiser.

They pulled out a Hybrid bike and let me ride it around the neighbourhood. They pulled out a less-extreme cruiser style bike and let me ride it around the neighbourhood. They pulled out the Raleigh Retroglide 7 and let me ride it around the neighbourhood.

And you know, I liked the feeling of the hybrid. I liked the feeling of the other cruiser style bike. But I LOVED the feeling of the Raleigh Retroglide 7!!

Raleigh Retroglide

So I bought the Raleigh Retroglide 7 – my Big Orange Cruiser!!

And for the record, I have written this blog post with absolutely no compensation of any kind from Bikes For All.

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Events

BC Superweek and the Giro di Burnaby

On Thursday, July 14th 2016 (that’s TOMORROW!!!) the Giro di Burnaby returns to the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood for its ninth year.

Professional cyclists from all over the globe will race on the fast and technical 1.3km closed loop course on Hastings Street competing for over $15,000 in prize money.

Giro di Burnaby Schedule:

  • 3:00pm – Girolino (Kids Zone) – Corner of Willingdon & Albert
  • 5:30pm – Giro Expo Opens – Hastings & Madison
  • 5:30pm – Boffo Breve Youth Race
  • 6:00pm – Women’s Race
  • 7:20pm – Men’s Race

As part of the BC Superweek series, the “Giro” is one of nine premiere pro-cycling events taking place between July 8th – July 16th in Metro Vancouver.

The day after the Giro di Burnaby (that’s Friday, July 15th) is the PoCo Grand Prix, the youngest member of the BC Superweek series. This race is located in the heart of Port Coquitlam and is a criterium-style race featuring a mass start and a 1.3-kilometre circuit that cyclists will navigate for 40-65 laps.

The Steve Nash Fitness World Tour de White Rock  is one of the longest standing races in North America. It consists of the Choices Markets Criterium in the heart of White Rock and the historic Peace Arch News Road Race, ending the weekend Tour with one of the most challenging road races in the Pacific North West.

The Tour de White Rock is a grueling 130 km test of endurance and strength as cyclists tackle the steep seaside hills of the City of White Rock.