The dream of a pair of owners, John Wesley Chisholm and former Idealbikes manager Roger Nelson, Halifax Cycle Gallery (6299 Quinpool Road, 407-4222) is happening on Quinpool. As manager Robyn Badger explains, the endeavour is as much a money-making venture as it is about the spirit of the thing. “John Wesley is very involved in politics and he wants the city to to be more involved in bicycles.” That also means encouraging the populace to invest in smart, stylish commuter bikes, of the sort the shop offers. Expected in store soon is a BUB, the Batavus Utility Bike, a Dutch machine retailing for around $600. The prices go up from there, with all European bikes, including the Italian Abici
($995), English Pashley---a replica Road Racer will cost you a couple of grand---and the Biomega, a shaft-driven chainless bike. The average price is in the mid-$1,000 range, with fully-loaded racks, fenders, bells, internalized gears, Brooks saddles. They even carry the three-wheeled kid-carrier Nihola, which allows for 300 lbs of weight up front and Yakkay helmets from Denmark that look like hats. Check out the helpful website halifaxcycles.com for more information, or just drop by the store, 10am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-9pm Thursday and Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.