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Old 03-04-13, 04:16 PM
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Hello from Vancouver

Hi!

New to the forum. I have been currently riding a Downtube Nova folding bike for about a year as a commuter to work (about 20kms).

Main reason I joined the forum was to hopefully get some tips/advice on upgrading the bike to make it more comfortable to ride.

Hopefully others have similar bikes

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Old 03-04-13, 04:52 PM
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Old 03-05-13, 11:49 AM
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Westbound in the AM on the CVG?
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Cvg?
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Originally Posted by ruvee View Post
Cvg?
i see a guy commute every AM, westbound on the CVG (central valley greenway) on one of those bikes, near boundary-gilmore area i think.

CVG is the east-west bike route that generally follows the millenium line skytrain from burnaby to VCC-clark station. Excellent for commuting!
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Originally Posted by timvan_78 View Post
i see a guy commute every AM, westbound on the CVG (central valley greenway) on one of those bikes, near boundary-gilmore area i think.

CVG is the east-west bike route that generally follows the millenium line skytrain from burnaby to VCC-clark station. Excellent for commuting!
Oh I didn't know it was called that and I use in the AM as well on my way to work

Not yet, but I will be on there soon as the weather gets better!

Do you know a good route from burnaby to kitsilano?
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yeah, I commute from kits to Burnaby everyday. It will depend where you are in burnaby, and where you are in kits, but here goes:

1.) From Burnaby, get yourself onto the CVG, if you are not super far from it.

2.) Bike west on the CVG. It's an awesome commuter route. (minimal car traffic) It is worth going somewhat out of your way to get to it.
Here is the CVG route map from translink:
https://www.translink.ca/~/media/docu...route_map.ashx

3a.)
If your kits destination is north of broadway, do this:
From VCC Clark, go west on Great NOrthern Way, then 1st ave, through the olympic village, west on charleson rd/Lameys Mill Rd to near Granville Island, then up Pine St to 6th ave.

If you have time to spare (i never do), bike along the south side of false creek instead of 1st ave.

3b.) If your kits destination is south of broadway, do this:
Go west on CVG, until Victoria.
At Victoria, go south (one block) until 10th Ave.
Follow the 10th ave bike route.

Check out the City of Vancouver Cycling map:
https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/map-cycling-vancouver.pdf



If the ride is too long when you are starting out, just use the skytrain for part of the CVG-portion of the route.
You are not supposed to take bikes on the skytrain Westbound in the AMs and Eastbound in the PMs, but if you are early and the trains aren't busy, you should be fine. I used to take the bike on the skytrain for part of the trip, when I first started out. I still do it if there is a lot of black ice or if I get a mechanical failure that I can't (or don't feel like) fixing on the road.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by timvan_78 View Post
yeah, I commute from kits to Burnaby everyday. It will depend where you are in burnaby, and where you are in kits, but here goes:

1.) From Burnaby, get yourself onto the CVG, if you are not super far from it.

2.) Bike west on the CVG. It's an awesome commuter route. (minimal car traffic) It is worth going somewhat out of your way to get to it.
Here is the CVG route map from translink:
https://www.translink.ca/~/media/docu...route_map.ashx

3a.)
If your kits destination is north of broadway, do this:
From VCC Clark, go west on Great NOrthern Way, then 1st ave, through the olympic village, west on charleson rd/Lameys Mill Rd to near Granville Island, then up Pine St to 6th ave.

If you have time to spare (i never do), bike along the south side of false creek instead of 1st ave.

3b.) If your kits destination is south of broadway, do this:
Go west on CVG, until Victoria.
At Victoria, go south (one block) until 10th Ave.
Follow the 10th ave bike route.

Check out the City of Vancouver Cycling map:
https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/map-cycling-vancouver.pdf



If the ride is too long when you are starting out, just use the skytrain for part of the CVG-portion of the route.
You are not supposed to take bikes on the skytrain Westbound in the AMs and Eastbound in the PMs, but if you are early and the trains aren't busy, you should be fine. I used to take the bike on the skytrain for part of the trip, when I first started out. I still do it if there is a lot of black ice or if I get a mechanical failure that I can't (or don't feel like) fixing on the road.

Good luck.
Awesome! Thanks so much for planning that out for me. Will probably see you on the route
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Hi there, may I ask if you got your Downtube here in Vancouver? I've been looking but haven't found them in any store around. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by tapeton View Post
Hi there, may I ask if you got your Downtube here in Vancouver? I've been looking but haven't found them in any store around. Thanks!
Hi,

No, I purchased my bike in the states.
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Old 07-09-13, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by tapeton View Post
Hi there, may I ask if you got your Downtube here in Vancouver? I've been looking but haven't found them in any store around. Thanks!
I`m actually looking to sell my Downtube Nova if you are interested.


Its in excellent condition with upgrades.
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