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Closed Today (Monday February 24th, 2014): Due to Snow

Published on February 24, 2014 by in Community

Due to the significant snow that has fallen we have decided to close today. We’ll keep you posted on tomorrow.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

 
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New to Experience: Yeti

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Yeti mountain bikes have been around since 1985 when Yeti Cycles was founded by John Parker. Parker was a welder who built movie sets in Hollywood and later became a mountain bike designer and racer. He later became one of the sport’s guardians, eventually being inducted as a trustee of NORBA Board of Directors for 5 years. Yeti Cycles originated in California during the time mountain biking was getting started. The first mountain bike World Championships took place in Durango, Colorado in 1990. In 1991, Parker moved the Yeti Cycles factory from California to Durango to be closer to the action.

Yeti Cycles has a patented suspension system that they call ZeroLoss Technology or linear guide technology. The suspension system consists of two gliding pivots. The wheel path follows the direction of the impact so it transfers directly into the mountain bike suspension system and goes into the shock rather than flexing the frame. More recently, Yeti has patented a new suspension design called Switch Technology, which is basically a dual-link design that utilizes an eccentric mechanism that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel. This type of suspension is found on their newer mountain bikes, the SB-66 and the SB-95. In 1995, Schwinn bought Yeti Cycles company and later sold it to a ski company called Volant in 1999. During this time, not a lot happened with Yeti mountain bikes. In 2001, two Yeti employees bought the company and revived the Yeti name. Chris Conroy was one of these employees and is currently the president and general manager of Yeti Cycles. The factory is now in Golden, Colorado.

 
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The Narrows | SRAM X01 | All For One

The Coast always seems to surprise and this day is no different. Today finds us exploring just one small fork in the road but has us realize how far the land and the sea can take us. Standing on the bridge between these two mystery worlds gives a true feeling of what-if and what’s next. We witness a little of the unknown everyday and in our case you can never get to the end, all we can do is open our arms and take it in. Finding a balance in what the dark, vast ocean inlet can give you, and the gargantuan rain forest (we call home) can offer — Endless adventure.

More info: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/All-For-One-An-Incredible-Journey-to-British-Columbia-s-Remote-Narrows,23574/iceman2058,94

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Specialized S-Works Trail Shoe

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Clipless shoes have long been polarized between ultra-light XC race or heavier DH models – but as with the bikes we need these shoes for, the need for high performance between the extremes is a market to be exploited. Most of my time on a bike is spent pedaling the steep terrain of the North Shore clipped in, and thus the majority of my riding falls into the above-mentioned middle ground. It’s easy to get lost in marketing jargon in this category so I’ll do my best to position Specialized’s new S-Works Trail shoe – and its more budget-conscious complement, the redesigned Comp MTB shoe – along the trajectory of intended use.

more info: http://www.nsmb.com/specialized-s-works-trail-shoe-reviewed/

 
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Group Mountain Bike Rides

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We’re pleased to announce that Nina Brown will be leading group mountain bike rides starting this Sunday. Start time is 10am at Mount Tzouhaleum in the parking lot. If you have any questions call us at the store or send an email: info@experiencecycling.ca

Note: on December 1st we will be gathering in the Shawnigan Estates at the end of Gregory Road. Call the shop if you have any questions about the new location. Geoff and Nina will be there!

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Grand Opening: Maple Mountain Trail October 26th, 2013

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Saturday, Oct. 26 marks the official opening of the new mountain bike and hiking trail running from the top of Maple Mountain to the parking area on Osborne Bay Road.

The Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society constructed the nine-kilometre continuous line after signing a licence of occupation with the Municipality of North Cowichan.

“The CTSS is a member of the International Mountain Biking Association and is looking forward to future trail building projects,” said Robin Kenyon, the Society’s president. “The next trail we hope to build is a climbing trail at a low gradient from the Osborne Bay Road access to the top of Maple Mountain.”

But for now, it’s all about celebrating their first accomplishment.

On Oct. 26 riders and hikers can gather for a snack, a chance to mix with some big names in the sport of mountain biking and the opportunity to test out some new rides from local bike shops. Hikers can begin to make their ascent at 10 a.m. and bikers can start climbing at 10:45 a.m. Moving forward, the Cowichan Trail Stewardship Society will endeavor to rank, sign, and map the hiking and biking trails in North Cowichan.

“This allows visitors and locals alike to experience the many trails our Valley has to offer,” Kenyon said. “Mountain bike tourism is a growing piece of the tourism puzzle injecting many millions of dollars into the B.C. economy. CTSS hopes to be a leader working with local governments to establish sanctioned, safe, sustainable trails that will enhance our local lifestyle and attract visitors to our area.”

 
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Train Hard Tri Ready

Published on October 16, 2013 by in Road Bikes

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The Alias: one bike with dual personalities. Training for a triathlon? Leading up to the event, it’ll be your hardworking training partner, comfortable on the climbs and while putting in mile-after-mile on the road. Come the tri itself, that’s when you’ll see the race side of Alias. With Women’s Alias Geometry designed specifically to allow you to swap between the road position and triathlon position with ease, the Alias is the perfect bike for those looking to train hard, push limits, and nail PRs.

  • Alias Pro Tri: The Alias Pro Tri features a FACT 10r carbon frame using women’s Alias geometry and carbon lay-up, with OSBB, plus aerodynamic tube shapes for a fast, efficient ride. A Shimano Dura Ace drivetrain and Roval Rapide CL 40 wheels keep performance high and weight down.
  • Alias Comp Tri: The Alias Comp Tri features a FACT 10r carbon frame using women’s Alias geometry and carbon lay-up, with OSBB, plus aerodynamic tube shapes for a fast, efficient ride. A Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and Fulcrum S5 wheels keep performance high and weight down.
  • Alias Sport Tri: The Alias Sport Tri features a FACT 10r carbon frame using women’s Alias geometry and carbon lay-up, with OSBB, plus aerodynamic tube shapes for a fast, efficient ride. A Shimano 105/Tiagra drivetrain and Axis 2.0 wheels keep performance high and weight down.
 
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2013 Has Been Good To Jason Sandquist

Published on September 24, 2013 by in Triathlon

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2013 has been an amazing year for Jason Sandquist. He has raced in an incredible 7 triathlons to date. Results? Jason has won every race in his age group with the exception of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas where he placed 13th out of  235 competitors.

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These results don’t come without work. Jason puts in 20 to 22 hours a week in. Seems like a lot of work? Jason refers to the triathlon as a hobby and has been competing since 1991. Sandquist still has another race on his calendar. The Goal? Qualify for 2014 World Championship in Mount Tremblant.

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2013 Results:

March: Maui 1/2 Marathon. 1st 40-49. 2nd overall
March: Westshore Triathlon. 1st 40-44
May: Shawnigan Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon. 1st 40-44. 2nd overall
June: Ironman 70.3 Boise, Idaho. 1st 40-44 (Qualification race for World Championship)
July: Seattle to Portland. One day rider. 323 km
July: Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens, Washington. 1st 40-44
August: Transcendence Triathlon, Victoria. 1st 40-44. 5th overall.
September: Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Las Vegas. 13th 40-44. 2 flat tires.
September: Leadman Epic 125 Triathlon. Bend, Oregon. 1st 40-44. 2nd overall.

Up Next?

October: Ironman 70.3 Austin, Texas. Trying to qualify early for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship September 2014 in Mount Tremblant, Quebec.

Complete history of Jason’s journey and accomplishments:

http://www.sportstats.ca/searchResults.xhtml?firstname=Jason&lastname=SANDQUIST

 
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McKennas and Mr. Marinoni

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Two happy owners of Marinoni touring bikes purchased at Experience Cycling visit Giuseppi Marinoni. at his plant outside Montreal on a cross country trip this past summer.  A little English, a little Italian and a lot of smiling. He understood.

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Giuseppi Marinoni no longer builds frames, and day to day operation of  Cycles Marinoni has been taken over by his son Paolo, but Giuseppi is still a very active rider, averaging 300 km a week. In October 2012, he broke the hour record for the 74 to 79 year old age group by riding 35.728 km at Brescia Italy.

 
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Coming full circle: bike shop remembers 1941 purchase

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Last week, 72 years after Vera Chown bought her first (and last) bike from a Duncan bike shop, she joined her daughter Shirley Hovind at Experience Cycling so the latter could pick out a bike to ride during her retirement.

While Hovind was busy kicking the tires on a new ride, Chown and Experience Cycling owner Will Arnold got to talking.

It turned out Chown, now in her 90s, had purchased her bike from E.P. Phillips in 1941.

At the time Phillips Bicycle and Tire was at 149 Canada Ave. in downtown Duncan.

Phillips later sold the business to his longtime employee Arnold Williams, who renamed the shop Williams Sporting Goods in 1956.

The store’s address moved around town over the years and owners came and went until Will Arnold bought out his partner in 1995 and renamed the shop Experience Cycling.

Their names are not the only thing similar about former owner Arnold Williams and current owner Will Arnold.

Their stories are too.

Both men had paper routes. Both started working for the bike shop when they were 13 and both bought the store from their boss at age 30.

Chown liked that story. “You’re kidding,” she said. “History repeats itself.”

The shop’s long history meant Arnold had a special treat for Chown.

“I’ve got the books!” he told her. Together the pair flipped through the handwritten ledger of sales made between 1936 and 1944 until they found her name.

There it was, in faded ink Chown’s purchase.

Back in 1941, her brand new bicycle cost $52.

“Opening the book up and finding her on that page,” Arnold said. “I thought it was so neat.”

Chown was thrilled at the impromptu walk down memory lane.

“I would never have known any of this if I hadn’t come with my daughter,” she grinned.

Sarah Simpson / The Citizen
August 8, 2013

 
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