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Winter Riders

It’s April, spring is (almost) here, but I want to take a blog post to highlight a very good series of posts done by Hyedie over at the Cupcake Ride blog… the Winter Rider  interview series with Cupcake Riders who ride all year long. She chatted with them about why they love riding and what keeps them riding through the winter.

Be sure and check out all four lovely winter riders - Andrea • Denise • Kathleen • Amanda

I have met all 4 of them via the Sweet Rides that Hyedie and I organize, and they are all fantastic.  They didn’t even pay me to say that. haha.

Click their photos below to read their interviews.

 

 

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From the Blogs: Tours, Hacks, Cup Holders and Maps!

A lot of great stuff is being posted in the Blogs, here’s a small taste of it for you:

Duncan is giving us a tour of major Toronto streets, starting with Queen:

Bikeroo has a couple excellent posts up lately:

Lock has started a “History Pics” blog:

It has really cool photos and illustrations of old-timey bikes and bicycle concepts, including steam-powered bikes, and a bike from 1946 that has the first regenerative braking system.

Claire writes excellent posts about bicycle hacks for her bike:

The hacks allow her to transport kids and go shopping.  Her latest hack post is about making a plain handlebar basket stylish and very functional for holding tons of stuff:

I’ve taken this basket with me on numerous trips to the grocery store, and in addition to getting many compliments, it’s proven quite functional. Pop it off, fill it up, pop it back on and go. And the best part? It’s like the TARDIS. It looks small on the outside, but it’s much bigger on the inside. (More Storage Capacity)

My wife loooooves this basket.  I’m going to hook her up with one when she feels up to biking after the baby is born as a “welcome back” gift.  Shhhhh.  No telling. :)

Finally, Michael posts about the Mapping Wiki….

Specifically, the new public posting abilities and design of the Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki.  If you’re a Wiki member (same as a BikingToronto member – you can register here), you can add to the wiki blog right on the main page.

Michael is doing some excellent work sharing biking routes around the city.  With the bikelane network still far from complete, it’s good to know some routes around that other people use.


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Welcome Duncan to the Main Blog

Duncan means business.  Look at all that black clothing! :)

Duncan means business. Look at all that black clothing! :)

I’d like to welcome Duncan to blogging here on the main blog of BikingToronto.

For those of you who have been visiting BikingToronto for a while, you’ll know that Duncan started the first of many member blogs on the site last summer.  His City Rides blog has been a great read, featuring personal stories and photo-posts about dressing with style and how to carry stuff by bike, as well as general larger-topic issues.

Here’s a little bit more about him from his “About” page on his City Rides blog:

In early 2009 I realized I needed a change. I was rapidly gaining weight and couldn’t stay awake past 9 pm most evenings. I had given up my car to save money, but that money was going to transit instead. So, I bought a bicycle.

First, I’d just take trips around town. Then I began to commute to work by bike. 25 km each way. This one, simple change has improved my life. Read about it on my blog.

Follow me on Twitter: Duncan’sCityRide

Duncan has already posted once here on the main blog a few days ago ( Toronto Board of Trade; “Embarrassing” Commuting Times for GTA ) and I am sure we ca expect lots of interesting posts from him in the future, too.

Please join me in welcoming Duncan to the main blog! :)

(cue applause)

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Duncans City Ride: My One and Only Cycling Complaint about Toronto

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Ok, the headline of this post is a little misleading. I have plenty of complaints about cycling in Toronto. And, if you read BlogTO, you know that there’s a list and growing discussion of even more gripes going on there.

But… and this is a big BUT… nothing outweighs the benefits of cycling in Toronto…

We have trails through ravines!

We have a growing bike lane network!

We’re busting cops for parking in bike lanes!

We have a cyclists union!

We look damn good on our bikes!

We have more than 70 bike shops in Toronto!

However, I do have one big complaint… and boy-oh-boy is it a doosie!

There are simply not enough cyclists in Toronto.

That’s it, that’s my complaint.

Some days it’s just so lonely. I know there are thousands upon thousands of cyclists around. But, I want to see more… don’t you?

Join the discussion in the BikingToronto Forum

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Duncans City Ride: The World Now Knows Toronto Has Cycle Chic

Congratulations!

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