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A classic leisure ride to a familiar destination – Iona Beach. Flat, smooth pavement to ease the way and a beautiful seascape to view at our destination, then we will reverse the route back to Ikura Sushi on Granville near 70th Avenue for everybody’s favourite bento box selection. Leisure ride with pace 15-18km/h; no one dropped. Bring the tools and parts you need to keep rolling.

RSVP: email to Will

Meet: 10:00am Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus St. at W. 6th Avenue), or 10:30am at corner of SW Marine at Milton St (South end of the Arbutus Strollerway).

Route: South via the Arbutus Strollerway to Arthur Laing Bridge, then following Ferguson Road to Iona Beach (return on same route). Detailed route map here.

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Leisurely ride around Richmond ending with a stop for lunch at the group’s choice of: Flying Beaver, Doshas or Shanghainese. Terrain is flat and pace will be moderate (~18kmh). All are welcome and no one will be dropped.

Meet: 10am at SOUTH end (Richmond side) of Skytrain bridge (this is on River Drive at Van Horne Way). Note this is not the usual meeting spot for recent leisure rides.

RSVP: Email to Will if you are coming and we will make sure you are there before we depart.

Route: simple circumnavigation of Richmond, about 30km; something like this.

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This is a classic VBC Leisure Ride.  We’ll break for noshings and coffee in Lonsdale Quay. The ride home will go through Moodyville Park, much more pleasant than the Lower Level road, which is not shown in the route link below. Cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Ride will be canceled in the event of rain. Keep an eye out on the website the morning of the ride for updates.






Meet: 1:00PM at coffee shop at Arbutus and 6th Ave

Route: click here

RSVP  Will (with Naiden) if you plan to come, and want to get an email if the ride is cancelled.

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The Ride: The terrain will be mostly road, with unpaved sections of the Central Valley Greenway. The pace will be leisurely, the distance is easy. Return will be all paved along Adanac/Union bike route and around False Creek. Road bike tires will be fine. Lunch will be at Insadong restaurant. Family style dining is likely unless the majority states otherwise. Will update post by 8am if cancelled due to weather.

This ride is rescheduled (again) from its original date on 15 October – I will be hoping that the rain gods allow us to enjoy great Korean food – finally!


Route: 10th Ave to Central Valley Greenway, return via Adanac/Union.

Meet: At Arbutus Cafe (Arbutus St. at 6th Ave.) at 11AM (moved back from 10am to reduce rain exposure – planning to ride even if still light rain, as forecast is clearing).

Distance: approximately 48km (return)

Route: Approximate routes – eastward route click  here route back click here. As a leisure ride, I expect the group will stay together, giving the ride coordinator some flexibility to adjust the route for conditions and rider preferences (also suited to limited ability with mapping programs), if you want to join us en route, let the ride coordinator know where and when and we will make sure not to miss you.

Ride coordinator: RSVP Naiden (with Will) if you want a message in case ride is cancelled due to weather

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Hoping that our unseasonably seasonal weather has passed by then, an easy ride around UBC ending with a roll down West 8th Avenue ending at my home in Kitsilano for some warming treats, mostly of the baked variety. If you do not appreciate the gluten, I will have some grain-based products that have been purified by a well-known distillation process (that may leave you among the baked varieties). As we will then be in the week prior to the celebration of the 258th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns (25 January 1759), we may all lift a glass in remorse that poor Robbie died just 21 years before the invention of the bicycle. If you cannot join the ride, but do not want to miss the bacchanalia, let me know and I will provide you with my address by email. As everyone knows, if you find yourself unable to ride home, you run the risk of suffering Colin’s fate of leaving a bicycle in my “shed of iniquity”.

I will cancel the ride if road conditions do not allow a safe or comfortable ride and amend this post to so indicate by 8am on the ride date (and I will send a message on WhatsApp).

Ride: Approximately 25kn; details of the route to be determined based on road conditions and I will post an update prior to the ride.

Meet: 11am at Arbutus Coffee (2200 Arbutus St. at West 6th Avenue).

Leader: Naiden (and Will), please let me know if you are coming so I can stock adequate provisions.

As with all VBC rides, bring your helmet, but leave your haggis and bag pipes at home.

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The recently-completed Evergreen Skytrain line opens up new terrain to the east for leisure riders. this ride will be an easy ride to explore the shores of the Coquitlam, Pitt and Fraser rivers, that are now easily accessible with transit. Most of the route will be on hard-pack gravel of paths and dykes, but passable with a broad range of equipment. We will have lunch in Port Coquitlam at a location to be disclosed (suggestions  welcome). Ride will be cancelled if beset by monsoons or other unpleasant weather, and a notice will be posted by 8am on the day of the ride (and message on WhatsApp to VBC Group).


Distance: approx. 25km of flat riding (route to be posted – but it will be something like), with an option to ride back toward Vancouver along the Central Valley Greenway for those craving some extra exersion.

Meet: Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station at 10:30am.

Leader: Naiden (and Will), if you let me know you are planning to come, I will make sure there is space for you at lunch.



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Easy ride out to Queensborough Bridge along south shore of the Fraser River’s north arm, then back on the northern shore to South Indian eats for lunch arotit Dosa Corner located at (8248 Fraser Street).

No one will be left behind in our journey to great dosas and roti cannei. Mild and vegetarian options are available.

Meet:  10:00am at north end of the skytrain bridge (Kent Ave at Ash St).

Route:  From skytrain bridge, follow this route to Fraser St (approximately 30km). Keep in mind, lunch will be at the 30km mark.

Leader: Please RSVP to Teresa.

In case of inclement weather, check website by 8am and WhatsApp for possible cancellation.

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What makes it special…well there will actually be pie, but wait there’s more…much, much more!

This event has been almost 200 years in the making – come ride around the edges of our fine city to celebrate the coming second centenary of the invention of the proto-bicycle; the patent for the Draisine was filed by German Baron Karl Christian Ludvig Drais von Sauerbronn on 2 June 1817. The Draisine was called the Laufmashine by Karl, who had a knack for monikers, but was also known as the “running machine”, the “hobby horse” and eventually the “Dandy Horse”, but don’t worry you will be able to bring a bike with pedals to this ride (and don’t forget your helmet, patch kit, water bottle, snack, chain breaker, etc, etc.).

I am thinking that we will meet at our usual pie ride gathering spot (at the flag poles at the plaza at Canada Place) at the usual time (5:30pm) and ride part of our usual ride, but stop in Kitsilano at my home for some pie and a short part of a Buster Keaton silent movie in which old stoneface actually rides a Draisine (yeah, I know, but the pie is free!). There will be a second piece of pie for anyone who rides a bike older than the safety bicycle I will be riding – and an entire pie for anyone who rides the whole route on a Draisine, an Ordinary bicycle or even a boneshaker.

Please email Will  if you are able to come so I can make sure there is enough pie. If you are not sure where I live, you can be sure you do not miss a turn or I can provide that information by email.

I was wondering if the ride should be 200km to mark the auspicious date…but then I woke up…

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We have been having leisure rides every second week, and Naiden and Will have lead most of them. Typical leisure rides are 30-40km, moderate terrain and we ride at moderate pace (~18km/h on the flat); no one is dropped.

Upcoming dates are:

Saturday 23 December

If you are interested in leading a leisure ride and one of these dates suits you, let Will know.  Details for each of the rides will be posted during the week before.

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