She barely saw me but I sure noticed her. After years of year-round riding in Canada, I was accustomed to seeing a certain type of winter cyclist: wearing layers of synthetics, on an expensive commuter bike, and with ski goggles. But she was different. Here in Finland, she passed me on a pathway of packed snow riding a junky cruiser and dressed with a northern European chicness: scarf blowing behind her while she sipped a coffee and chatted on her phone with earbuds. The striking image of that winter woman, I soon learned, was not unusual in certain northern cities around the world that are encouraging year-round cycling despite their frigid seasons.
Great article from London Cyclist:
Riding in the dark isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. A lamp lit spin around lanes you know, or off-road – known as night riding – can actually be both liberating and very relaxing, but when the ride is simply about getting home, it can sometimes feel like a race for survival.Here are some tips to keep you safe…
People rarely bat an eye at women doing tree poses in yoga while seven months pregnant, but taking to two wheels with a baby on board solicits everything from cheers to disapproving looks and cautionary tales. So what does this mean for pregnant bicyclists? Does a positive pregnancy test mean hanging up the bike for nine months?
Exercise plays an important role in pregnant women maintaining their physical and mental well-being. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes the aerobic benefits of cycling and lauds the general benefits of exercising while pregnant—including improved mood, posture, sleep and the ability to cope with labor. While bicycling has risks, many experts support experienced riders continuing bicycling as long as common sense and care are used.
Unlike some of the best-established cycling cities, North American transportation cycling culture is still growing and maturing — every year we have more eager, and often nervous, new riders with varying levels of skill in traffic. With a relatively young bike culture, limited bike-specific infrastructure (bike lanes, etc.), a gap in bike education, and a wider variety of riding conditions to adapt to, some cycling norms are still in development. Many new riders pick up cycling habits from watching others and through their own lived experience. Although honing skills through observation and experience is important, it’s crucial to have a solid and well-informed foundational knowledge to start from.
Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 10:00 – 13:00
CBN will host a Bicycle Drivetrain Workshop Saturday August 30th from 10am to 1pm.
The workshop will focus on the drivetrain (derailleurs, chain, etc.) of the bicycle.
Space is limited so register soon! Registration fee is $30 ($20 for CBN members).
Register in person or online and pay with PayPal using the donate button.
If you have any questions you can contact us at 416-504-2918 or visit us at 761 Queen Street West.