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Biking in Vancouver(6 posts)

Biking in Vancouvermarlies
Oct 30, 2001 8:44 AM
Hey everybody
I'm a 21 year old girl, from the Netherlands. I 'm hoping to study in Vancouver (SFU) for half a year (fall 2002, faaaar far away, I know) And now my question: How's the biking around there? I (race)bike a lot here in my country, how are the opportunities overthere, and during that period? (because of the wheather for example) Can anyone tell me about that? I really wanna know if it is worth it to take my bike with me :) hope to hear from you.
Marlies
re: Biking in VancouverTriBuddhaTri
Oct 30, 2001 9:09 AM
Try this link, there are lots of clubs, if staying at SFU there is good riding out in the valley (east of SFU). Bring lots of wet weather gear, and note bike stuff is more expensive that you are use to in Europe. Also, the second link takes you to a triathlon info site, there is a tri club near SFU that ride a fair amount (coquitlam tri club)

http://www.cycling.bc.ca/index.shtml
http://www.tribc.org/main.htm
re: Biking in Vancouvermarlies
Oct 30, 2001 2:35 PM
Great website! Thanks a lot!
Biking in VancouverAtombomber
Oct 30, 2001 3:42 PM
The road race season here is from May to September. During that time there are lots of races. Washington and Oregon have a longer season. Vancouver's climate is similar to that of Holland and Northern Germany. Wet winters, with occasional snow (which only lasts a few days until the rain washes it away). Higher elevations (SFU included) and eastern parts of Greater Vancouver will have more snow which stays longer. With the proper clothing and equipment, cycling is possible year round. I tend to ride my mountain bikes more in the winter, and try to stay off pavement (away from traffic). If you only have one road bike, you might want to put some cyclocross tires and fenders on it to make it more Vancouver friendly. If you get snowed in, certain buses have bike racks, so you can get home with your bike.
Biking in Vancouvermarlies
Oct 31, 2001 1:32 AM
Ok, so maybe it is a better plan to take my mountainbike with me, don't wanna ruin my roadbike... Or are there a lot of possibilities to buy a cheap 2nd hand mtb?
Biking in VancouverAtombomber
Oct 31, 2001 5:51 PM
There are a number of Re-Cycling shops around Vancouver. Cheap Skates, Sports Junkies, and Ride-On have a good selection of consignment bikes. Also, most bike rental shops sell off their rental fleet at the end of the summer.