Wow… Bixi continues to impress with the new Bixi Boutique. Can’t figure out what to get someone in Montreal for Christmas? How about a monthly or yearly pass to the hottest piece of cycling infrastructure this side of the Atlantic?
What’s on this week:
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2009128 2009128 Tues, Dec 8
CBN Bike Repair – Bearings and Wheels
We are now offering classes in bike repair that build on our introductory (‘Flat-fix and Tune-up’) class. Registrants should be familiar and comfortable with the subject of that class before taking the intermediate class(es).
2009129 20100825 Wed, Dec 9
TBN’s Wednesday Wheelie Ride
The nature of the Wednesday day rides known as the “Wednesday Wheelies” might be the best-kept secret in the TBN. Wednesday Wheelies are social, tourist-level rides that cover routes similar to the popular Country Cruises, but which have the glorious advantage of roads, often busy with traffic on a Sunday, being nearly deserted mid-week.
2009129 2009129 Wed, Dec 9
CBN – Wheelbuilding Part I
The wheel building workshops will teach with standard wheels in a 3-cross lacing pattern. We will cover spoke calculations, lacing the wheels, truing and tensioning. Participants must take both classes.
2009129 2009129 Wed, Dec 9
Spacing winter 2009 – 10th issue *release party*
On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, make your way to the Toronto Reference Library (7pm-midnight) to take part in Spacing’s 16th issue release party and holiday party.
Come check out the Reference Library’s new event space The Appel Salon. It’s up on the second floor, overlooking the halfway point of Church Street’s turn toward Bloor. This fall, it played host this fall to discussions and readings, and next week welcomes Jeff Rubin, author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller.
20091210 20091210 Thurs, Dec 10
BikeChain Winter Maintenance Seminar
Bikechain is holding amazing, awesome and fun-as-hell seminars on winter riding. All are free! And require no advance registration! Whoo! Come learn the basics of winter riding: how to stay safe, upright, and in good repair.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-978-6849. Ask for Toby.
20091210 20091210 Thurs, Dec 10 7pm
VeloSocial Bike Party
This group is dedicated to the monthly VeloSocial party in Toronto. The first Monday of every month we all get together and hang out and watch bike videos, drink some pints of Amsterdam Blonde, dance & listen to DJs, rock the open mic, yamn some spicy pad-thai, and grab some goodies at the info and merch table.
James D. Shwartz, editor of The Urban Country, has made this great video of an early morning (and chilly) ride along the West Toronto Railpath:
Igor Kenk will give up his used-bicycle shop, pickup trucks and his hoard of more than 2,200 old bikes in a settlement reached Friday in a civil suit brought against him by the province of Ontario.
Under the deal, Mr. Kenk will get to keep the proceeds of a provincially-supervised sale of the bike shop, which he has previously valued at $700,000, but only after he pays $50,000 to the Crown, $65,000 to Legal Aid Ontario for his ongoing criminal case, legal fees incurred to defend against the suit, and any outstanding taxes or bills related to the building. The bikes and pickup trucks will be sold off and the proceeds kept by the Crown.
The settlement brings an end to one of two parallel court proceedings, one civil and the other criminal, brought against the 50-year-old Mr. Kenk, whose arrest in the summer of 2008 and subsequent raids of his numerous rental garages filled with bicycles stunned Toronto’s cycling community.
Friday’s settlement was reached before the court tested the government’s case, which hinged on affidavits from Toronto police who led the criminal investigation. Court filings showed that officers relied on a confidential source for information about Mr. Kenk’s alleged drugs-for-bikes enterprise. Court never heard testimony from the source, nor does the case file contain any written statements from the informant.
Jacob Stilman, lawyer for Mr. Kenk, said outside court that the government’s forfeiture application “was going into uncharted legal waters in the sense of asserting that the building was an instrument of criminal activity.” He suggested “there would have been a lot of interesting legal and evidentiary issues” had the case gone to trial, but also serious implications for his client, who stood to lose virtually everything he owns.
“While it’s fascinating from a lawyer’s perspective,” Mr. Stilman said, “the stakes are very high for the person at the receiving end of the litigation.”
According to court filings, Mr. Kenk paid $85,000 for his shop in 1995 and is mortgage-free. Its value has since skyrocketed due to gentrification along trendy Queen Street West. The bicycles were recently appraised at just over $50,000, and the two Toyota pickup trucks at $14,000.