As many of you know, one of our own riders, Eric Mold, recently had his coveted eProdigy Jasper stolen from his underground parking, as reported by CTV. At 92 years old and a daily e-bike rider around Stanley Park, Eric was devastated with the loss of his favorite bike.
Bees Knees jumped in to help Eric get a replacement bike, and we learned a few new skills along the way, thanks to support from the Vancouver Police Department’s bike theft crew, and them introducing us to 529 Garage: Register. Report. Recover!
What is 529 Garage? Well essentially it’s community watch for your bike, and VPD are claiming that since they launched the program, bike thefts are down across Vancouver. Which is amazing, given that bike purchases and the amount of bikes out and about has increased dramatically in the last few years.
What we learned about 529 Garage is it’s a fast and effective way of registering your bike via a phone app to make it less of a desirable target for thieves. The following information is from 529 Garage website
Register your bike
Quickly capture all the important information about your bike from your computer or your smartphone. It’s free!
Shield your bike
Our tamper resistant 529 Shield acts as a deterrent, warning would-be thieves to keep their paws off your bike, and making it easier to find you if your bike is recovered.
Start your alert
Make the most of the 529 community to find your stolen bike. Our community includes over 400 law enforcement agencies, universities, bike clubs and bike shops around the world, as well as 529 users like you.
Get community help
Thousands of bikes are recovered by law enforcement and the community. If your bike is registered, it’s easy to get back to you!
Be sure to search our registry to make sure that a bike you are considering buying wasn’t reported stolen. And, if you find a bike, or see something suspicious, post it with us to help get it back to it’s owner.
How can we at Bees Knees Bike Rentals and Repairs help? We are open 7 days a week, and can supply you with the information and 529 Garage tamper proof shield sticker, so that you can quickly register your bike against bike theft! It only takes about 5 minutes. While you are at our shop, let us know if you need a spring tune up for your bike! We offer a spring safety check for as low at $49.99. So, one stop will help keep your bike safe in more ways than one. 🙂
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We have a lot of people who pop in to Bees Knees e-bike rentals to ride our e-bikes – either on a whim as the sun just came out, or a pre-planned and booked ride around Stanley Park – and who sometimes ride off with excitement, batteries all charged up for a nice long ride, but wearing clothes that just don’t support our ever changing Vancouver weather.
Riders, either new to Vancouver or seasoned locals, sometimes forget that during the off-season riding a bike at faster speeds, along with a wind-chill factor, can be COLD!
And our fickle Vancouver sun can also disappear at any moment and give way to clouds.
Our bikes are FAST
Our Bees Knees eProdigy e-bikes are super fun, allowing you to ride hills effortlessly and pedal like a champ. Also, our powerful mid-drive motors will make sure you only work out as much as you want to. But all that wind you are feeling while you pedal effortlessly may require some extra clothing to keep warm. You will likely be riding average speeds that are faster than you would on a traditional bicycle, with less effort, so we want you to dress for the event.
What to wear
So what does all the mean? To take full advantage of our Bees Knees long lasting batteries, dress more like you are going to be riding a motor-scooter than a bicycle.
Here are some suggestions you should have with you when you arrive early for your rental e-bike:
A back-pack to stow extra gear should you need it.
Rain jacket – light and packable rain jacket.
Gloves – warm packable gloves.
Toque – good old Canadian stand-by.
Helmet – although we supply free helmets, bringing your own will save time at check-out.
Long pants – light pants that you can move freely in – you will still need to pedal! 🙂
Now that you have the basics covered
We think if you have the basic items listed above, you will have the confidence to ride longer even if the sun turns to clouds. Or, conversely, if the clouds turn to sun, have a way to pack away your outer layers and enjoy the early summer warmth!
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If you want to take an afternoon or day off an explore Vancouver by bike, don’t wait too long for a sunny outlook from Environment Canada because, well…it is Vancouver! Can anyone really predict what is going to happen with our crazy weather with any predictability?
Here are Bees Knees e- Bike rentals, we can find a rental time that suits not only you or your group, but also the weather window you see outside your front door.
We offer 2-hour rentals at only $35, which can get you to a coffee shop, around Stanley Park, and home again before the first rain sprinkles start to happen.
With our rain friendly renters so far we have seen a great trend – a good old Vancouver rain jacket with warm layers, rain pants if you have them, and Blundstones or Gore Tex runners seem to be popular. If you bring your own helmet, there is your head cover! If you want to borrow one of our clean rental helmets – they are free of charge and even have an almost hip look to them.
So don’t let the weather get you down – find a destination, a food stop, and think how much you can do in only 2 hours from our location at Burrard and Drake. We are just a starting point away from a great adventure.
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