Our philosophy is really quite simple. It's all about practical cycling, tactical urbanism, and whimsical anarchy.
Practical cycling. We value the bicycle as a tool first; an object of desire second. When everything unnecessary is removed from the bicycle what remains is an elegant machine whose function dictates its form. That beautiful form is the essence of its function - enticing you to ride it more by fitting it into your daily life. The Dutch realized this long ago; now it's time for us to follow in their tracks. We aim to plant that seed right here in Edmonton. Together, we will nurture that seed to grow and spread far and wide!
Tactical urbanism. We want to create a space where folks can come and nerd-out together discussing the obvious solutions to transforming our hostile, auto-centric city into a friendly, welcoming, people-first city. We love the work and commentary of Copenhagenize Design Co.’s founder, Mikael Colville-Andersen. Colville-Andersen’s philosophy is centred on “going back to the future.” We can design a future that is safe, inclusive, and fun! “Good design breeds good behaviour.” Well-designed infrastructure has a “seductive power” that can make cycling irresistible. To that we say, YES, PLEASE!
Whimsical anarchy. We take our inspiration from the Dutch Provo movement. We believe that life should be lived. We believe that transportation should be widely available. We believe that the most practical solution lies with using the bicycle as the main mode of transport. We don’t care what others think. We know we are right and we look forward to getting our bikes under the butts of as many Edmontonians as we can! Will you join our quiet revolution?
Sarah was amazing at answering our questions and was incredibly patient with us as we were deciding on our bikes! Since we purchased our bikes, we've been riding them almost everyday - we love them. We'll definitely be back to further accessorize our bikes. Highly recommend this place if you are looking for these kinds of leisure bikes (omafiets) and additional bike accessories.
I brought in a 50 year old bike that was made in what used to be West Germany, looking for a rear rack and a headlamp which would match its aesthetic. They found me ideal options for both and installed them on the spot. I also picked up a great Clarijs waterproof pannier.
Their bike selection is at this point limited to reconditioned steel-frame Dutch bikes, especially "Omafliets" step throughs, but that definitely fills what was a big gap in Edmonton's bike market. So many places limit their selection to either mountain bikes or high end road bikes, and neglect bicycles that are comfortable, low-maintenance and practical for the stop and go nature of urban cycling.
It's also nice to see more bike shops that are actually located in places that you can bike to, rather than curiously choosing to locate in suburban strip malls.
Conveniently located on the bike path behind MacEwan, this place carries a selection of imported, second-hand Dutch bikes. My Omafiets is a pleasure to ride, and sturdily holds work stuff, groceries, etc. They also have a nice selection of accessories (panniers, bells, etc.), as well as frame locks that (combined with the weight of the bike) discourage cut-and-ride thieves. The owner and Sarah are friendly and helpful. Highly recommend if you're looking for a unique, good quality bike.