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Mar, 2016

Bakfiets Cargo (Box) Bike V.S. Longtail Cargo Bike

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Hey, We thought we would post this conversation, for those looking at different cargo bike options.  We sell both options but read on to see which we recommend the most for child transportation... We love all different types of bikes, but when we are strictly talking about child transport... We have a parents perspective.  Bakfiets or long tail, which is safest? Long tails are plenty safe in common use and in most situations, but when something goes wrong there is little margin for error. Balancing the weight and movements of two children [...]

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Mar, 2016

Bakfiets.nl Cargo Bike Long Compared to the Milano Cargo Bike Long

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This is a comparison of the Urkai Specification bakfiets.nl cargo bike long with the Milano Cargo bike.  These are the only two brands of real Dutch cargo bikes or bakfiets in Canada – they are both manufactured in Holland. The quality is head and shoulders above the others making the Milano the best entry level model and the bakfiets.nl the best luxury model. The Milano is made under license of Bakfiets.nl so it shares the same geometry, dimensions, and the rock solid stand.  The Milano is compatible with all of the […]

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Mar, 2016

Brompton Limited Nickel Edition

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We are so pumped that we are lucky enough have our hands on some of the Brompton Nickel Edition in Canada as they were very hard due to a limited production run of 1500 available worldwide and each of them have a special stamp and number to prove it. First question, why use the high phosphorus Nickel plating usually reserved for deep sea drilling and space ships? From a technical standpoint the high phosphorus nickel has very desirable properties such as anti-corrosion, high wear resistance and thickness uniformity and has a [...]

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Mar, 2016

Onderwater Tandem

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A great choice and safe way for your kids to participate in pedalling while you are in full control of their speed and safety.  An XL is $4499 and it includes the NuVinci 360 CVT (continuously variable transmission) giving lots of range and durability under the load of three people pedalling. Factual (investment perspective). 1. Cars are so expensive that the savings from reducing their usage easily eclipses even the most expensive family bicycle. With our family bicycle we have transitioned from car ownership to car sharing. The CAA pegs […]

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Mar, 2016

Electric Cargo Bike Options

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We now have three electrification options for bafkfiets.nl cargo bikes. Electric kit and bike can be purchased separately.       Bafkiets.nl Cargo Bike Long with 8 speed premium nexus – Without Electric   Made in Holland, Ultra strong steel frame with oversized tubing, Tough three layer anti-rust powder coat, marine grade plywood box, ultra strong rims with stainless steel spokes, Marathon anti-puncture tires, Shimano nexus 8 speed, Powerful Shimano IM81  hand operated front and rear roller brakes, ultra strong rear carrier (50kg capacity) with elastic straps, fenders, fully enclosed chain, […]

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Nihola Cargo Bike Canada

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Another incredible Cargo Bike brand is coming to Urkai, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Danish made Nihola trike, which has been called the best 3-wheeled cargo bike for child transportation by the Danish newspaper Politiken and the Dutch ”Fietsersbond” (Dutch Cyclist Union). Fantastic for children, dogs and cool one’s that can be made for business:   Black double strength aluminium wheel rims, Magura parking brake, screws and fittings in stainless steel, integrated fittings for lifts and car seats, Danish hand-build frame with extra horizontal strengthening steel bars in […]

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Urban Arrow Cargo Bike Canada

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We are very excited to announce we will be bringing in the Dutch electric bike, the Urban Arrow! Another incredible Dutch design. Made out of lightweight aluminum, powered by a Bosch motor. With its electric assist you are always riding downwind. And it easily changes gear thanks to the continuously variable transmission by NuVinci. Which means changing gears without thinking. Who needs a car! The Family Urban Arrow: The Family can be flexibly customized. Thanks to its modular nature you can easily transform it into a Shorty – e.g. when your […]

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Nov, 2015

Audrey Hepburn

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The allure of Audrey Hepburn will exist for years to come. Her style, grace, intelligence, and beauty have made her an icon. Her style and humanity work inspire fashion houses,  Her close ties to Givenchy, made her movies, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s visually stunning, who can forget some of those dresses! Besides the clothing, she was often seen riding a bicycle, and photographed on one.        

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Nov, 2015

Brompton Electric Bike Canada

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Many of you love the Brompton (What is not to love?), but sometimes it is necessary to add a little power. Sometimes those big hills and long rides need a little boost, electrifying your Brompton is a great way to do it. The most important feature is the fact that electrifying, does not mean you lose the ability to fold it into the perfect compact bike the Brompton is known to be. There are different options that can be customized. The first is torque, and what that means is, the […]

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AZOR DUTCH TOURING BICYCLE WITH ROHLOFF 14

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Yes, you can take a moment and stare at this beauty. The Azor Touring Bicycle is perfect for those wanting to do a much longer ride, but want the comfort of a Dutch Bicycle. Azor’s latest and greatest Touring bicycle. This particular bicycle was custom ordered by one of our customers to include: Rohloff (Speedhub 500/14) 14 speed internal hub, Magura hydraulic rim brakes (hs11), custom paint, Brooks Saddle, Post Moderne suspension seat post and a frame mounted front carrier. Feel free to contact us to order your own beautiful […]

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The Azor Omafiets Nostalgic

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Azor Omafiets Nostalgic We typically stock 3 different Azor Oma’s The Azor Oma Standard The Azor nostalgic, which is what we will be focussing on in this post. The Azor Luxury All of the Azor Oma’s are lugged frames. They have a zinc primer for anti rust, and then 2 coats of powder coat finish, for durability, and extra anti rust. The geometry of the frame stays the same for all 3 models, but it is the components that change. The nostalgic package is a beautiful steel bicycle, with front […]

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Different Options for Transporting your Child By Bicycle

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  There is no better way of teaching your child how to bike, than getting them on a bicycle as early as possible. We have so many different options. The first is the Bobike Mini, for the ages of 1-3, and fits behind the handlebars. The second is the Bobike Maxi for the ages of 1-6, and fits on the rear of your bicycle, shown above. For most bicycles, the frame would not be strong enough to have both seats on the bicycle, but our Dutch bicycles are not only strong enough, […]

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Bobike Junior Child Bicycle Seat

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The most popular of all the Bobike seats, the Jr. is a sleak seat fitting on the rear for children 5-10 year of age and up to 70 lbs. The seat is designed to fit on almost all bikes, and attaches to the frame and is very secure when installed correctly. The seat is outfitted with a lap belt and foot pegs, as well as guards so they can’t get their foot caught in the spokes. We love this Jr. as it has a flat back and cushions,  which is […]

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The History of Gazelle Bicycles

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If you think about Dutch Bicycle, you probably think of Gazelle. Gazelle was founded 1892 by Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen. Initially they sold bicycles imported from England, but by 1902 they began their own production under the Gazelle name. In the 1920’s to the 40’s Gazelle exported bicycles to Indonesia, where you still see many of them today being used for everyday life, as well as being sought after as collector items. In 1925 Gazelle used the Piet Pelle cartoon character for advertising purposes and created this video of their factory […]

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Goodordering Bicycle Bags

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We are really excited to be bringing in Goodordering bicycle accessories, all the way from the UK. Bringing both functionality and style, these bags will not only look good on your bicycle, but will turn heads. Goodordering designs are inspired by Scadenavian retro style from the 70’s and 80’s as well as Japanese school bags, which is why we love them, the bags actually remind me of school days in Asia. What sets these apart? They are designed with your electronics in mind, pockets for your ipad and phone, padding […]

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Canadian History – Bicycles in War

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After doing a little research, I discovered, Canadian Troops used bicycles in WW2! I am astounded that in all of my history classes, as well as having every last family member of WW2 generation, involved in the war, I had no idea that bicycles were used. Infantrymen checking bicycles aboard an LCI(L) of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla. Southampton, England, 6 June 1944. (L-R): Privates Reg Martin and Rodney MacNeill, both of The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment); Private George Banning of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG).   D-Day 6th […]

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The debate on e-bikes and pedal assist

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Pedal Assist vs. E-bikes, the debate seems to continue, and has become more convoluted under a mess of legislation. Every province in Canada, has developed their own separate legislation on top of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act (1999), Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Power- assisted Bicycles)  which in essence gives a basic guide for Provinces to Follow. The Regulations were amended in 2001, that is a life time ago, and a lot has happened in the bicycle industry since then. If you have ever had the pleasure in working […]

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Cargo Bike Families Through the Ages

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Since history is important, and of course, we are a little obsessed with it. We thought we would share some incredible photos of bicycles, and their drivers. This looks like the first bicycle designed for a whole family, a little scary where the baby is, and looks very uncomfortable, but how interesting that this was taken circa 1910!   These 2 look quite serious, not sure the woman is at all comfortable, 1918   From Getty images – look at this, is it a pram, is it a tricycle? Who […]

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Shopping by Bakfiets

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One of the nicest things about a bakfiets, is just how much you can put in the box! The box makes it easy to just pile in bags and odd things, without having to give up the seat for your kid(s). There is no right way or wrong way of packing a bakfiets, you just do what is most comfortable for you and your child. All from our Instagram account Urkaiinc  

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Jun, 2015

Bobike Maxi

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Bobike, one of the most well-known kids bicycle seat brands for safety, now in store and online. The Bobike Maxi brings their famous minimalist style with the comfort and safety Bobike is known for. Meant for  1-6 year old, the Bobike Maxi fits on the rear of your bike, and will fit on most bikes, the comfort of the helmet recess, the 3 point harness, as well as a reflector on the rear as extra safety measure.   Kids will surely fall asleep in this!      

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Jun, 2015

Bobike Mini

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Bobike, one of the most recognizable names for kids Bicycle seats from the Netherlands, is now being sold in our store or online. Bobike designs are minimalistic, yet safe & comfortable. The Bobike mini is mounted on the front handlebars, cradling your mini one between your arms, so they are upfront and can see the world. This is the seat that we first tried with our then 1-year-old, easily addictive and fun. The harness is comfortable, as is the seat. Meant for 1-3 year old, with its minimalist appeal, it […]

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Feb, 2015

600 km on a Bakfiets Cargo bike with Max, to save Max

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We would like to introduce you to Andrew, and his son Max. We have had the privilege of getting to know Andrew since he first approached us in January about his vision to ride – a jaw dropping – 600 km on a bakfiets cargo bike with his charming four-year-old son, Max. But this is no ordinary ride, as this is about a father riding a bakfiets cargo bike with his son, to save his son.  On June 28, 2013 Max was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a fatal disease without a cure…YET. As parents with […]

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Feb, 2015

The making of Azor Dutch Bikes

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It is no secret that we are huge fans of Azor bicycles and Bakfiets, so being able to visit the factory while we were in the Netherlands was a treat and an honour. Heading to the industrial area of the Netherlands is nothing like any industrial area in Canada, the huge difference, there are bike paths! As we headed into the building, the first thing to see is the showroom of beautiful bicycles, and there are a LOT. Pick a frame, any frame! As you will notice Azor does not […]

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Jan, 2015

Free Clinic: Learn How to Safely Transport Your Children By Bike

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  When: Saturday Feb. 21st 9:30-10:15 Where: Our store, 687 Guelph Line, Burlington Ontario Our store will be closed for the Clinic and will be open at 10:15 for the general public. What is the right seat for your child? There are so many ways to transport your kids by bike, but what do you need to know to enjoy the ride safely? Come to our free clinic, and we will go through all of the child seat options for children 1 year to 10 years old and all of […]

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Dec, 2014

Happy Holidays from our Family to yours!

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Wow, we can’t believe it is already our last day of 2014; it seems like just yesterday we were opening our new store in Burlington.  Looking back, we cannot begin to express how thankful and grateful to each and every one of you; for visiting us, for choosing to buy from us, for referring people to us, for sending us the kindest words of gratitude, for sharing our story,  and most of all for all of the smiles – which is the true currency of life. As we raise our glass, we wish you and yours many […]

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Dec, 2014

Bakfiets Love

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It can be difficult to put into words, and I often tell people who come into the store, that riding a bakfiets is magical. You don’t get it, and you don’t believe in it, until you ride one with your child. My bakfiets means so much more to me, it is an extension of me that I never thought possible. A car is an inanimate object, and so is a bakfiets, but because I pedal it, I bring it to life, and I become more alive. Before I became pregnant, […]

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Dec, 2014

Dutch City Racer Bicycle with wood fenders

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New for 2015 – Dutch City Racer Jaws will drop at this vintage inspired Dutch City racer, with true minimalism and raw beauty.  It is fast and especially so with the two speed SRAM which shifts automatically to high gear when you reach 15 km/h.  With a rear coaster brake this allows true perfection, with no cables to mess around with – it is just you and the bike. It was amazing when we tested it earlier this year and now even more so with the stunning wood fenders.  The tough made in Holland […]

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Nov, 2014

Xootr Adult Scooters in Canada

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  We are very proud to announce that we have found another fantastic product, this time hand crafted in the USA, called the Xootr, an adult scooter for both commuting and recreation. It is an engineering marvel, as it is 50% faster than the competition which makes it a lot more fun to scoot with your kids.   Built for adults. The longer and wider decks allow you to fit both feet comfortably and the adjustable and adjustable adult height handlebars make it extremely comfortable. Brakes. Anything that moves quickly needs to stop […]

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Nov, 2014

Black Friday Sale – Starts November 28

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There is no better time to come in for a visit or to get some stocking stuffers! In-Store Demo SALE Bakfiets.nl  Cargo Trike  Reg. $3999 Now $3599 Onderwater Tandem (1 adult & 1 Child). Reg. 3295  Now $2999 Dutch Commuter 7 speed- one of each size – Reg. $1099 Now $899 New Azor 20″ Children’s bike. Reg. $649 Now $449 Free shipping on all in stock Bromptons! Huge Accessories Sale My Baskets – 50% off Basil – up to 40% Dutch Waterproof panniers – up to 50% off Axa Locks…Brompton…Brooks…and […]

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Nov, 2014

Shop the neighbourhood – November 29 – Deal

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 Exclusive Shop the neighbourhood deal in Burlington on November 29, 2014 – Save 40% on Basil Bicycle Bells. Pick one off of our bicycle bell Christmas tree until they are all gone! You will also be able to take advantage of our Black Friday sales starting on November 28!      

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Nov, 2014

Getting your bike ready for winter

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Winter is upon us again, but for many of us, we want to push the bike frontier and enjoy the fun and challenges of cycling in the winter.  I believe I would be letting both my Azor bike and my wife’s bakfiets.nl cargo bike down if we did not ride them through the winter as they were built for year-round use. The frame has two layers of tough powder coat paint with an anti-rust zinc primer, and almost everything else that is not painted is either stainless steel or aluminum, making it […]

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Nov, 2014

School Drop off – by bike – in the Netherlands

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While in the Netherlands, I had the unique opportunity to be invited by another Mum to observe school drop off. I was eager to see and be part of the massive bicycle commute, and see how my usual Canadian school drop off differed from the one my friend does daily. For this short bike ride, I borrowed a bicycle, and off we went at 8:20. I have seen traffic all around the world, but nothing quite like this one. My borrowed bike was a single speed, with rear coaster brakes. My brain, still […]

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Yepp Jr. Bicycle Seat Review

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As many of you know, we test all of the products personally before we decide to carry them in our store. It is a fun job, but someone has to do it! One of the products we tested recently was the Yepp Junior, which is designed for children from 5 – 10 years old, with a weight capacity of 20 -35 kg.  Which is very similar to the Bobike Junior and Qibbel Junior seats we sell. For this test ride, we found ourselves in one of our favorite places Holland […]

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May, 2014

10 reasons why you will love a Bakfiets.nl Cargo bike

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SMILE! 1. Bicycle Therapy Imagine yourself riding around with your little ones in your own pedal powered convertible with your children up front laughing and learning as you ride along through your neighbourhood. With our hectic lives, it is not often that you can actually experience time standing still and being in the moment with your children. 2. Children’s Choice Your children, in the safety of a 3 point harness and strong marine wood box, always get the front row seat with plenty of room for their favourite toys, and […]

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May, 2014

Pierre Laporte Photography meets Bee-Kissed

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On the day we surprised Sarah Hatton with her winning Bee-kissed bicycle, a fabulous photographer was snapping away. We feel very lucky to share Pierre Laporte Photography photos of the bee-kissed bike with everyone. A very talented Ottawa/Chelsea area photographer, who has a gift , his website to come soon! If you are looking for a photographer to work with, you know who to look up! Sarah was our winner of design our next Dutch bike contest, with Bee-kissed! Between the colour, the name, there was a story that ran […]

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