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Posted on March 28, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

BEARS Biking registration is now open. 

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MS training rides, Thursday road rides, Muddy Mondays

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Our season is starting with the following events.


The first ride in our series of Rider Development for the MS Society will take place Saturday April 2, 2016. We will start at 9AM sharp leaving from Shift Happens Bicycle Repair and Grounded. All Team members of our MS team entry now known as “SHIFT HAPPENS in DEVON to END MS” and members of the Devon Bicycle Association are encouraged to attend and help lead cyclists through the routes selected for each weeks ride. An e-mail with the route, where to park and what to bring will be sent each week to all participants as we progress to the June 11-12 MS Ride.


Also happening that same day April 2, 2016 will be a Devon Bicycle Association open house from 1-3 PM at The Grounded Coffee shop for anyone interested in joining our group. Stop by, touch base with your team mates, sign up and check out our season for 2016.


Our first road ride will be April 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM leaving from SHIFT HAPPENS. Introductory group riding skills will be reviewed, new riders welcomed, and debriefing at MARCIE'S. Look for some unique riding experiences this year to entertain and improve your riding skills.


We will be reincarnating Muddy Mondays our Mountain Bike ride this year with what we hope will be a full season of riding and trail development.


Kevin has taken on our presentation to the Town of Devon to develop trails west of the Hwy 60 Bridge in accordance with the approved master plan for that area.


Future information will be posted in all our social media sites and e-mail as the year progresses.

Road riding season is upon us

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (1)

The snow is melting. The DBA has already had success with our first event of 2016; the annual Blizzard Bike Race.

Many of us are starting to get our bikes off the trainers and are hitting the road. A great time to start getting involved with the DBA, or simply come back for another great year. Three important events are coming up:

1- Multiple Sclerosis training rides start April 2nd 2016. Every year the DBA helps lead groups for training for the Leduc Camrose MS bike tour. We also have our own team for this great cause. Meet at Shift Happens to hit the road at 9AM 

2- Membership Drive: April 2nd 1pm-3pm After the ride we will have a set up at Grounded Coffee House where you can meet with members, have a discussion about the club, what we have to offer you, the community. We can answer questions on bike safety, etiquette and even general biking.

3- Thursday Night Road Rides: April 7th is the first group lead road ride. You need to be a DBA member to join us... so click on the membership button start your season with us. (if mountain biking or cyclocross is your thing... don't worry we have some good things planned for you too).

Look forward to meeting new and returning members on two wheels 

Shift Happens Bicycle Repair

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Maybe some of you have noticed, out of the corner of your eye on your way to Grounded for your daily caffeine fix, that Devon is now home to a bicycle repair shop. Good news? Great news!

Opened up in Late July, by Mother-Daughter and proud DBA members Judy and Pepper Harlton, Shift Happens has taken off.

In between busy days fixing bikes (ever since opening, they have been operating close to capacity) Judy and Pepper found some time to answer a few of our questions and give us the low down on Shift Happens. 

J.H: "It's always been a dream for us [to open up a shop]. Over the years, we have put on a ton of miles traveling to races and our favorite way to pass time while traveling was brainstorming ideas for the bike shop we would open one day."

Many people thought Devon was too small to support any form of bike shop. What convinced you otherwise?

J.H "Bike Town! How can you not have a bike shop? It goes hand-in-hand with a coffee shop."

There are two things cyclists need in life. One is good coffee, and the other is somewhere to get your bike rolling again if it breaks down.

Has the shop been busy since opening?

J.H "Absolutely! We have been well received by everyone who has come in. Sort of becoming the new hangout for the BMX scene as well as a handful of regulars who stop by almost daily to just talk bikes... It's awesome!"

What kind of turn-around time can one expect when wheeling a bike in through the doors for a repair or tune?

J.H "Dependant on the repair, usually one to two days. We are still building inventory, so there is a chance that a bike in need of replacement parts will have to wait for those parts to arrive [roughly one week]"

What are your tune rates?

J.H "Adult Road or MTB Standard tune: 79.99 + any parts required
Kids/BMX (24" wheels or less) Tune: 59.99 + any parts required

What is included in a standard tune?

J.H "Gear and brake adjustments (cable tension, cable wear, housings, brake pad replacement), check-over and adjustments on the hubs, headset, and BB. Drivetrain checked for wear, cleaned and lubed, minor wheel truing, tire wear check, anchor bolts/fasteners checked and torqued. Frame polished, tires inflated.

Brake bleed if needed for $10

Free estimate is done on all bicycles before any work is done so the customer knows what to expect"

What about the sport of cycling drew you in, turning you into a true bike addict?

P.H: I watched a womens mountain bike world cup on TV when I was 15. I thought it was super rad. However, I grew up in Lesser Slave Lake, so there was nothing available for a wannabe mountain biker. I asked my mom if I could get into mountain biking and she said no, fearful that I would come home with scars all over my face. That February, we were at a trade show in Edmonton for our family Adventure Kayak Tourism Business, and that's where we met Krysty Sarnoski, President of the Dirtgirls Mountain Bike Club, and Shauna Richard who, at the time, was the Executive Director of the ABA [Alberta Bicycle Association]. Ryan Leech and Jared Jespersen were at the show too, demonstrating trials riding which I also though was super cool! My mom asked me if I still wanted to get into mountain biking. YES! That day we signed up for the Dirtgirls and started commuting the 6 hour round trip into Edmonton once a week to participate in Dirtgirl Spin Classes that were held inside Redbike. Spring came and I did my first Dirtgirls ride on a Norco Bigfoot, fully rigid and two sizes to big. In jeans and flat pedals, I wiped out on every turn. But I was hooked! From there, my mom and I got into training and racing, and let's just say it's been 10 years of bike-related bliss. Love it all!

We wish Judy and Pepper all the best with their shop. Make sure to stop by and support your local shop! Even if your bike doesn't need any work done, it never hurts to stop in with some coffees and talk bikes for awhile. Building kharma points pays off should you ever need that dreaded last-minute fix before leaving for a race or vacation...

Shift Happens can be found at 3 Superior Street, Devon, AB. Beside the coffee shop!

Currently, their hours are:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 10-5
Thursday: 10-6
Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-4
Sunday: Closed

Please visit their facebook page for update hours and info. Winter is around the corner, and with it, updated winter hours.

You can contact Shift Happens via phone (587-404-1692) or email ([email protected])