(Mods. this is a cross post from the General Cycling 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.
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.