Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Tuesday March 26, 2013 Today our run took us back to UBC and again to West Point Cycles. When trying to find the lightest way to keep the weight down, but remain secure, we discovered Pinhead Locks. These replace the spindles and lock the wheels. This means that we can use a smaller, and lighter, standard lock. We will let ...

Sunday March 24, 2013 What a great day for a ride in the sunshine to Deep Cove for lunch with Chris and Shinyoung, at Honey Doughnuts and Goodies. The 36km jaunt was caught on film (clever Chris duplicates us!), including Lois coming off the dusty narrow noisy slog over the Workers’ Memorial Bridge.

Thursday March 21, 2013 Another 30Km day, also out to UBC. This time it was sunny and not bad weather for fixing a flat tire.

Tuesday March 19, 2013 Our ride, of around 30km, took us along False Creek, English Bay and UP to UBC. We visited West Point Cycles on the return to buy more supplies, including a smart new helmet for Lois. I will have to get one as well as I realize mine is probably beyond the 10 year expiry date. ...

Thursday March 14, 2013 The forecast was for rain and it poured as we circled Stanley Park for a 20km+ ride. The experience confirmed our wardrobe deficiencies: booties, helmet cover and waterproof gloves! There were pluses however; the sighting of a seal and four immature bald eagles.

Sunday March 12, 2013 IMPORTANT DAY: We planned out our training schedule over coffee at Terra Breads Cafe and then embarked on our first ride. Uphill all the way but lunch at Cozi Cafe and downhill on the way back. Total distance approx 12 kms. It’s a start!

Saturday March 11, 2013 Back to West Point Cycles where Lois decided on a pair of shoes (although she says she has still not committed to the clip-in pedals!). After a lot of debate, we also came away with sets of Ortlieb panniers. We are now having to ensure our clothes and equipment are colour-coordinated! We also talked about ...

Friday March 10, 2013 We decided to widen our repertoire of cycle shops, so wandered along Broadway between Cambie and Main. The staff of Valhalla were as helpful as before when we bought jackets for Nepal, and we had a good discussion about tents. Ice Breaker produces cycle clothes which we will be sporting. La Bicicletta was a real ...

Sunday February 10, 2013 We spent more than two hours with the West Point fit specialists. My Trek now has a higher stem, narrower bars and a different seat. It feels much more comfortable and “right”. The Trek 520 will not work for Lois and so she will have to wait for a Kelly Bedford custom made frame which will ...

Saturday February 2, 2013 As a result of a recommendation, we arranged to try out bikes at West Point Cycles, on West 10th in Point Grey. The staff, all who seemed to be able to give complimentary advice, as required, set us up with Trek 520 cycles. These are steel framed, to withstand the kilometres of asphalt that we will be covering from ...