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April 2016

Trailing The Rails

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When it comes to enjoying leisurely summer activities, there’s plenty to do in Brantford. Thanks to the conversion of many kilometers of unused railway lines into recreational rail trails, cycling has quickly risen to the top of the list. Riding these trails is scenic, fun and safe. The absence of automotive traffic makes them especially attractive for families with children. Choose a short route or a longer one. There’s something for every ability.

To get started, there is a very popular loop of trail that follows along the Grand River, eventually crossing over into West Brant. There are several handy access points that offer vehicle parking. Hardy Road, Wilkes Dam and D’Aubigny Creek Park are three of the more popular ones. Here you’ll ride along a section of trail that overlooks the Grand River, eventually making your way across the river via a bridge, to Brant Park. From Brant Park pedal to Oak Hill Drive. From there it’s a smooth ride through West Brant on the Ballantyne Drive bike lane to the Brantford Casino.

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From the casino, an additional section of trail makes its way to Mohawk Park, passing by the Earl Haig waterpark and the Mohawk Chapel along the way. If a bigger ride is what you’re looking for, you’ll find this trail continuing on through rolling farmland and Carolinian forest, ending in Hamilton. The access point for this trail is at the bottom of Locks Road.

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You may want to ride from Brantford to Paris, which can be a little challenging due to some hills. From Paris you can enjoy a shaded section of rail trail that pauses in Glen Morris. For a longer ride, continue on from Glen Morris and pedal your way to Cambridge. You’ll find access to parking at all three points.

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A newer trail that is gaining in popularity begins just outside of the Maple Leaf plant, with parking once again at D’Aubigny Creek Park. It’s a great route to ride in all four of the seasons due to changes in scenery as the year progresses. There is a duck marsh that is lush with greenery in the spring, dry in the summer, colorful in the fall and frozen white in the winter. The expanses of farmland and woodland along the way also experience change. This trail contains a large paved section in addition to the usual compressed dirt surface. A scenic afternoon or evening ride can be enjoyed by riding to Mt Pleasant or continuing on until you reach Willow Lake Park. For the more determined, this is the trail that makes its way to Waterford and Simcoe, eventually ending in Port Dover.

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Fill up your water bottles, pump up your tires, grab your helmets and some riding companions and discover Brantfords rail trail system. You’ll want to ride the trails time and time again.

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun…

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Once upon a time a man named Richard Querney (that’s him up there) decided that the time had come to leave what is commonly known as the rat race. He felt the urge to start a new full time endeavour that would revolve around his life long passion for cycling. Richard had already had his hands in a bicycle based business. In 1980 he had started a small repair business in the basement of the family home called Richards Bicycle Repair. It satisfied his interest in improving the mechanical workings of bikes while bringing in some extra part time money. Just prior to this, in 1973, Richard had been a founding member of the Ontario Cycling Association as well as a board member during 1975 and 1976. Along with his family, he organized and ran many bicycle tours around southern Ontario. Richard knew bikes.

1991 saw Richard open up a retail bicycle shop in Paris Ontario…during a recession! It was called The Bikeway. The store was built using wonderfully aromatic cedar wood. It carried parts and accessories by Norco and Specialized. The shop also offered a wide assortment of bicycle brands such as Specialized, Norco, Iron Horse, Bianchi, Miyata, Oxford and Leader childrens bikes. Richards’ son Stuart worked at the shop part time, from its opening until 1993, when he decided to become The Bikeways full time mechanic.

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March of 1996 saw an important change. An opportunity arose to open a Cyclepath franchise store and it was decided to make the move to relocate and become The Brantford Cyclepath, where it exists now. Having a brand new 1,900 square foot shop allowed for a larger mix of product… and more staff. During this time, the customer bike rack that was located mid parking lot was reduced to twisted metal one winter by a snowplow. Its replacement was wisely relocated to the sidewalk in front of the store. The year 2000 saw the construction of a 600 square foot warehouse in order to better store the increasing quantity of inventory for the rapidly growing business. In 2004, the addition of new storage racking enabled even more bikes to be shown on the sales floor.

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Incidentally, the snowplow mishap wasn’t the only one. In September of 2010 a car jumped the curb and smashed out a sizeable section of the front window. What better time to introduce the One Less Car Sale!

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2010 was also the year that The Brantford Cyclepath adopted the Specialized Body Geometry F.I.T. system and began performing custom biometric assessments. In 2014 the shop received its F.I.T. certification. 2015 saw success in conducting the first customer F.I.T. information night. Today The Brantford Cyclepath performs in-depth custom bike fitting for many types of cyclists.

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Over the years the shop has been involved in many charitable events. From 1996 to 2005 The Brantford Cyclepath Bicycle Club raised money for The Multiple Sclerosis Society by holding an extremely popular annual eight hour endurance race. Adding events on behalf of The Downs Syndrome Association and The Mental Health Association had enabled the club to raise well over $50,000 for charity. Recently the shop has supported, sponsored or participated in events such as the MS Bike Tour Toronto, the local Team Green in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, and the local Team Pro Fit in The Ride To Conquer Cancer. There have been many bike raffles along the way… with many more to come!

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Where does “the ‘path” lead in the future? Even more community involvement using social media and events such as the upcoming Bikes Not Bullies, a second Ride Don’t Hide event for The Canadian Mental Health Association, The Brant Waterways Foundation Ride, The MS Bike Tour Toronto, as well as participating in rides held by various other organizations. With the recent acquisition of a new Muve fitting machine, the shop will take bicycle fit and assessment to the next level.

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Where ever the cycling industry takes us, rest assured that The Brantford Cyclepath will be part of it.

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