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Brok'N Spoke could be moving to Pass
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A group of citizens trying out fat bikes near Pass Powederkeg last week.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The owner of Fort Macleod’s Brok'N Spoke Bike Shoppe says he’s “90 per cent” sure he’ll be moving his business to the Pass by April.

“We’ll know this week once the legal goes through for our building in Fort Macleod,” said Brok'N Spoke co-owner Karen Friesen.

Friesen and her husband Don Ludviksen said they have plans to move their business to main street Blairmore. They’re looking to lease the building next to the Orpheum Theatre. They’ve already put an offer in on a house in the Pass.

“We’re as dedicated to this as we can be,” said Ludviksen. “The only thing that’s holding us back right now is the sale of our building in Fort Macleod.”

The pair sell, repair and accessorize bikes. They also offer snowshoes, trekking poles, skate sharpening, waxing of skis and snowboards, figure skating accessories and other stuff.

Ludviksen said they want to offer bike rentals in winter and summer.
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The pair were in Blairmore last week, demonstrating fat bikes, which are basically mountain bikes with special frames and 10-centimetre-wide tires that glide over snow and ice, giving the rider stability and control.

“Fat bikes are fun,” said Ludviksen. “It doesn’t matter what terrain you hit, you can accommodate it with tire pressure and they have such a versatility, you can use them in any season.”

What makes them so versatile is the size of the tires and the tire pressure. Higher pressure is better for rolling across hard packed dirt while a low pressure tire performs better on snow or sand.
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