Basic Bike Maintenance For August!

Freewheel Cycle is running another fanastic Bike Maintenance Clinic on 12th of August, 2014. Sign up now to learn the basics of your bicycle! Tube changes and basic wheel issues, cleaning and lubrication of your chain and gears, and basic trail-side emergency repairs are covered.  We will also teach you how to repair and replace a broken/damaged chain, make a bent wheel rideable and how to identify and assess issues before they become problems. This clinic is a must for new riders, young and old. Save yourself the long walk home and sign up today. This is a mid-week course to accommodate those who are too busy riding over the weekends!

We hope to see you guys there!

 

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Linus Bicycles

Freewheel is proud to announce that we will be carrying Linus Bicycles beginning Spring 2014. Linus offers a variety of affordable city bikes, featuring elegant, vintage styling and modern simplicity. The lineup includes comfortable cruisers for ladies and gents, classic race-inspired bikes and everything in between!

Racer Dutchi 3

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Bright Ideas

Whether we like it or not, it’s that time of year again. Night is creeping up on us faster every day. Next week will be our last road ride of the season due to the earlier sunsets. But we’re not ready to give up riding yet and neither are you! You’ve invested in your bike and it only makes sense that you get as much use out of it as possible. The solution: Night riding lights.

Live from the Berlin Fashion Show: Adam is shining star in town with his ensemble of assorted light accoutrements. Photo courtesy of Tom Bishop.

With a night riding light, you’re not limited by the changing seasons. Not only do these lights help to extend your riding season, they also offer a whole new riding experience. Trails you’ve ridden countless times in the day feel completely new at night. What’s more, your lights will also point out wildlife on the trail that would otherwise go unnoticed: There’s nothing like shining your light into a field and being met with the illuminated eyes of dozens of deer.

What happens when you get almost 80 riders together for a night ride? Good times. Keep your eye out for this year’s iteration. Photo courtesy of Phil Szczepaniak

Freewheel’s got you covered with night lights from Serfas ($149.99 for the True 500 and $164.99 for the True 750), Nite Rider ($184.99 for the Lumina 650), and Blackburn ($84.99 for the Scorch1.0). Compared to previous generations of lighting systems, these lights last longer, shine brighter, weigh less, and cost less. Gone are the days of your battery occupying a water bottle cage. Rather, the batteries of these devices are integrated into the light themselves for a cleaner, simpler system.

Once you’ve got your new light, make sure that you’re mounting it right: Night lights most often come with two separate mounting options – one for your handlebar and another for your helmet. If this is your first and only night riding light, be sure to make use of the helmet mount first. Simply put: the light shines on what you’re looking at rather than where your bars are pointed. In the tight, twisty single track trails of Southern Ontario, this is a huge advantage.

The trails aren’t going anywhere just because it’s dark. Getting yourself a night riding light can help extend your riding season and offer you a whole new riding experience. Investing in a light gives you more time to enjoy the sport you love and to add a whole new dimension to it.

See you out on the trails!

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2014 Trek 29er Demos!

*These particular demos are no longer available. If you still want to arrange a test ride on one of these bikes, contact us and we’ll sort something out with our local sales rep. We are also stocking very similar models in the store that we’d be glad to show you.

If you’re familiar with the Trek Fuel or Remedy lineups, you know that each bike is incredibly capable on very gnarly terrain, and Trek manages to pack in an incredible amount of value into each bike. Well now you’ve got even more options with 29″ wheel offerings for each bike. One ride is all it takes to do away with the predisposition that 29ers are too long or clunky. The geometry is quite refined and flickable. These bike climb like a mountain goat, and descend like a demon.

Sound exciting? Come and see for yourself! During the next week (approximately), Freewheel is home to a fleet of Fuel EX9 29 demos, as well as a Remedy 9 29, and a Lush29 SL. Also, this weekend (June 8th) the demo fleet will be set up at Christie Lake Conservation Area for MEC Bikefest.

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MEC Bikefest June 8th

Join us at Burlington MEC Bikefest to celebrate cycling as an integral part to an active lifestyle! The event is on June 8th at the Christie Lake Conservation Area Lakeside Pavilion from 11AM to 5PM. There will be road and MTB group rides, and you can test ride cool new bikes from Ghost, Giant, Marin and Trek. There will also be skills clinics, workshops, yoga (for cyclists!), and more.

MEC Bikefest

Click here for more info on the activities offered. The intermediate/advanced MTB group ride is sponsored by Freewheel, and will be led by our very own Phil Szczepaniak. Follow the corresponding links on the activities page to register for whatever suits your fancy.

All other event details can be found here.

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