Vancouver Skater Brand Landyachtz Takes on Road Bikes

After making skateboards for nearly 20 years, it was time to try something new.

September 19, 2016

By Daniela Rodríguez Chevalier / Photo: Sterling Lorence

What’s the secret to transitioning from board to bike?

“We’re basically making bikes that are exactly what we want to use,” says Mike Perreten, co-founder of Vancouver-based skateboard company, Landyachtz, which has just launched a premium bicycle brand with two new designs.

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The 1146 Bike

Located at 1146 Union St., one of Vancouver’s busiest bike routes, the old 5,000-square-foot, building-turned-bike-shop has an East Van feel to it. With concrete floors, a mini skate ramp and even arcade games, the space has become a community hub for cyclists. The two types of bikes are also made here, in-house. The first is the 1146 Bike, taking its name from the address where it’s hand-built, and the City Bike (CB), designed for an urban environment.

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The City Bike (CB)

Having made skateboards for the past 19 years, Perreten and Tom Edstrand, co-founder of Landyachtz, decided that creating a bike brand felt like the next step for the company. Whether it’s a skateboard or a bike, they insist that their focus is to make high-end products that are community-cultivating and innovative in design.“We want people to have as much of a connection as they can with their bike,” says Edstrand. “Just two wheels instead of four; pedal instead of push.”

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