Vancvouver was the first large city I spent time in, after ridoing for 4000 kms from Alaska. It was really vibrant and pretty. And alike all cities packed with culture, arts, music, restaurants, malls and cafes. After I spent a couple of days roaming around the city I located a bike shop where I could get some new equipment for the bicycle and have the rohloff gear oil changed ( Denman Bike shop) . I stayed at the Samesun Vancouver which was very conveniently located however, its an average hostel and its difficult to store the bike, as the access to the storage is through the cafre which is always crowded with backpackers.