Bikefest: Celebrate the Awesomeness of Two Wheels

May 9, 2013 at 13:03
by MEC  
One of the most enduring childhood memories can be getting your first bike. Not just because it was a new toy to play with, but because that bike gave you your first taste of independence, the freedom to explore your neighbourhood, and may have helped create friendships that you still have today.

At MEC, we love bikes, so we’re kicking off the start of cycling season with MEC Bikefest, a community celebration of all things bike related. It's got skills clinics, demos, group rides and workshops. You can try out gear and test ride a new bike from vendors on site. And just like your first bike, MEC Bikefest invites you to experience the wonder of cycling and to get excited about being part of the bike community.

Bike Fest 2012

Demos -
How many times have you found yourself in one of our stores drooling over new bikes and gear, wanting to walk out the door and take it for a ride? If you’ve thought about taking a bike out for a ride at one of our stores, but haven’t yet, then come down to Bikefest. It’s a chance to look at new bikes and gear from our vendors, and then take them for a test ride.

Bike Fest 2012

Bike Clinics and Maintenance -
Do you ever feel like you’ve got a bike that could ride at a higher level than you, like you’re always trying to keep up with your friends instead of leading the way? Maybe your strength fades right as your ride starts to get good? If that’s the case, try one of the many riding clinics offered at Bikefest. They cover everything from how improve your riding, what foods can boost your energy, what to eat before your next big ride, how to build your strength and endurance, or how to feel more relaxed in the saddle so you can stay focused on your riding. If you’re thinking of starting to bike commute, or are getting into mountain biking, or want to know where some of the best local rides are, there are also clinics for you at Bikefest.

At a Bikefest bike maintenance clinic, you can learn how to maintain your bike (including how to fix a flat tire without using language that requires a parental advisory). We’ll have clinics where you can learn about bike parts and their functions, how to diagnose problems, perform basic maintenance, learn the all-important skill of how to fix a flat tire, or how to recognize when to just bring your bike to your local MEC store for more major repairs. If you already know all of the above, there are also more advanced maintenance clinics that focus on drive train adjustment and replacement, brake adjustment, or derailleur adjustment.

Bike Fest 2012

Bike Swap -
If you’re looking to buy/sell some gently used cycling gear or pick up some spare parts, you won’t want to miss the gear swap. If you’re looking to sell some gear, call your local store’s Member Services desk to book a table today.
Fun times

Most importantly, like those childhood days spent riding with your friends, Bikefest is all about having fun. With live music, food, free prize giveaways and activities for kids, you don’t even need to be a bike enthusiast to have a good time. So bring your bike, your family, and your friends, and embrace the awesomeness of two wheels.

Bike Fest 2012

Bike Fest 2012

Go to to find out when Bikefest is happening in your area and to get the details on all the scheduled activities.


  • 166 24
 i see no downhill bikes.... this is clearly not the best of two wheels
  • 38 95
flag smike (May 10, 2013 at 12:06) (Below Threshold)
 Clearly it says "The Awesomeness of Two Wheels".
  • 40 8
 @smike which would mean DH bikes cannot be exempted from this...
  • 37 3
 mec doesn't sell dh bikes and since they're putting it on, i guess they're focusing on what they sell. they're not doing it out of the goodness of their little corporate hearts
  • 65 48
 DH isn't the world...
  • 118 20
 its close enough
  • 16 2
 In our country we have bikefest with Dual slalom race , Pump track contest, Downhill race , Airbag jumping with best tricks contest, Xc race.... everything in bikepark locality with tons of DH/FR tracks and nice trails for XC people ... and with Live music in the evening last year was Sick DNB party ...The whole event is 3 days long and The Best part IT´S FREE !!!
  • 19 9
 No..its the entire universe.
  • 4 0
 @rclugnut, it's the PB forums. Even if Minaar, CG, Barel, Hart, Stevie and Gwin swore their cardio training program on trail bikes increased overall endurance and allowed them to stay fresher on their DH bikes for extended periods of time, they'd already be looking for a video five minutes ago.
  • 1 4
 ...and trials....
  • 16 19
 The most legendary traveling show in mtbing history (Flow Show) is going to be there and you're worried about looking at DH bikes???

Kids these days... sheeesh! lolz
  • 3 2
 I wanna goto kingpins country.
  • 10 0
 Dude you're in canada.
  • 1 4
 If you look closely in the second pic there are at least seven dh bikes in the background.
  • 1 0 Our bikefest last year .... come if you want to this year Smile
  • 1 0
 I was there last year and though they don't show it the event has 2 downhill races
  • 13 0
 Man I sat on the DH bike that I ended up purchasing at the Bike fest last year, my kids ripped the pump track, watch and waxed nostalgic with Dangerous Dan & the Flow Show, Jay Hoots designed jump park is there, they had an airbag there and kids were ripping great tricks people were smiling having a good time, it was a really fun atmosphere, I personally think its great that MEC puts these kinds of festivals on and expands there brand recognition here in BC! Especially cause they invest money into the local trail systems and local economy.
  • 4 1
 so what if theres no DH.....its all about riding bikes no matter what.....every type of riding is riding to me not just one type.which is why this website could have so much visitors if it didnt just glamourise DH an skate parks.....although DH is awesome lol
  • 3 0
 Don't forget that at the north Vancouver bike fest there will be a bc cup BMX race on both days. 100+ riders on 20s. After the racing the track will be open and learn to ride BMX sessions will be going on.
  • 4 0
 What a balance
  • 4 2
 Yeah... wooden features - trellises - are my FAVORITE man-made riding terrain!!! Love the overall vibe!
  • 3 0
 Andrew Baker from the Flow Show in the last pic?
  • 3 1
 Yep. That dude is awesome. Helped me become the rider i am when i was a 12 year old grom.
  • 2 0
 Why do we not have more events like this in Britain?
  • 2 2
 anyone else notice in the last picture his about to hit a gap in the skinny?
  • 6 6
 i really dont want to be a douche here but MEC sucks for bikes.
  • 7 1
 they're not supposed to be super good bikes, thats why they offer Ghost as well
  • 1 0
 Baaaker Yeaa Buddaay!
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