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Old 06-07-07, 11:28 PM   #1
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Paging Vancouver Is. Cyclists: Info Needed

(Mods. this is a cross post from the Western Canada forum, thanks)

Some friends of mine are emigrating to Vancouver Is. BC. They have built a house near Nanaimo and will be moving in late August/early September.

They are interested in beginning bicycling after they are settled in. Neither has much experience as an adult recreational cyclist and neither owns a bike yet, and will not likely lean toward hard core riding like some of us have. Their interest is mostly cruising the local area for fun and excersize. They have told me the area is hilly so I have suggested they purchase comfort or hybrid bikes with triple cranks and low gears.

Some questions:

In general, how is the cycling in that area? I've been led to believe it is great. No?
Local bike shops...They will need bikes, helmets, etc. etc. and advice. Any reccomendations?
Places to ride...trails, bike paths, parks etc.? Are there any roads too dangerous for bikes?

Any advice from local cyclists will be very helpful. I'll print this thread out and give it to them in about a month.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-08-07, 06:56 AM   #2
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Scenery wise its beatifull. It is hilly but the grades should be fine for a bike with a triple.
I live on the mainland, not the island so I cannot give you any advice on shops or trails, hopefully some who live near nanaimo can chime in.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm printing this out for them.
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I was on Vancouver Island for a week in April, and covered about 460 kms on the bicycle. My HQ over there was Chemainus, just south of Nanaimo, and I cycled down to Duncan out to Lake Cowichan and up past Nanaimo, and several other places. It was very nice, very scenic, and very rainy.
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