Winnipeggers Brave the Cold to Test New Ice Cycles – Winnipeg

You’ve heard of winter cycling, but what about cycling on ice?

Some local entrepreneurs hope that Winnipeggers will embrace their new idea: a bicycle made for ice cream.

Winnipeg’s Spark Rentals is behind Ice Cycles – Canada’s first ice cycle business, which launched this weekend on the Assiniboine River.

“An ice cycle is pretty much what it sounds like,” co-founder Nick Meyer told 680 CJOB.

“You have a rear tire just like any other bike, but you replace the front tire with a blade or skis, and that makes it optimal for riding on ice.”

Meyer said the idea came from his business partner Sinan Leylek, who traveled in northern China in 2014 and saw similar vehicles that were very popular.

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“During the pandemic, we all had a lot more time stuck at home…. We thought it was a good idea to bring it here,” he said.

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The bikes are available as single models or tandems, which can also transport young children and dogs.

They did a test drive on the Assiniboine near Bourkevale Community Center, and despite the frigid weather, Meyer said the public response has been positive, and seemingly part of a growing trend of Winnipeggers exploring their city’s frozen waterways. embrace.

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“I think people are embracing it more and more every year – you just see how busy the river paths are, and you also see different river paths popping up – there are community-led trails.

“Winnipeggers realize we have these rivers all over the city, why not use them for fun or even transportation to help us get around in the winter.”

The Ice Cycles will be on the main riverside trail at the Bonnycastle Park access point, a few minutes west of The Forks, for three days and nights this week in an effort to take advantage of the warm weather approaching.

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