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Get Ready for ICYCLE 2011 Saturday February 12

Icycle 2010: Mens Final

You’ve braved the slush on your morning commute. You’ve made around icy corners on your weekend ride. Now it’s time to take it to the next level.

ICYCLE is Toronto’s only on-ice bicycle race.

Where: Dufferin Grove Park ice pad (map)
When: Saturday, February 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Via Facebook:

Its that time of year again! ICE RACE TIME!!

This year, to help offset the costs to the organizers there will be a small charge of $5 to sit in the players boxes rinkside. Totally worth it for the best seats in the house!

Everyone welcome so invite all your friends!

There will be an after fund raiser event at Bike Pirates, 1292 Bloor St West ($5 or PWYC)

All proceeds go to Peter McKenzie, cyclist who was hit on the Bloor Viaduct just before Christmas.

Get all the need to know info on the ICYCLE 2011 Facebook Page.

Looking to make your own studded ice racing tires? Derek Chadbourne of the Bike Joint wants to help you out:

Come out to Bike Pirates – 1292 Bloor West (map) – Wednesday February 2nd 6-9 to learn how its all done, taught by the Ice Emporer. Here is what you are going to need. Come on out it will be fun. For further info contact the Bike Joint @ 416-532-6392

For a starter a frame with tire clearance for stud protrution. Next determine length of scew needed for 2 to 3 mm to stick out , #4 pan head Robertson scews are my prefered ones and #6 second choice. For best results I pree drill holes for screws so a smaller bit than screw diameter, a hand drill, bit driver and ofcourse hundreds of those shiny things. 300 per are fun, 500 per are better and well my latest tires have 850 + per. Cost of scews are about $4 to 5 per hundred at Jacob’s hardware but they should be ordered ahead of time

Photo by Vic Gedris

What I Wear For Winter Cycling

It’s officially winter in Toronto. That time of year when many people believe outdoor physical activity grinds to a halt. It’s that time of year when excuses are passed off as reasons and it’s that time of year when I keep on doing what I do… riding my bicycle.

In the spirit of “how to do it” posts, here’s a look at my winter cycling wardrobe.

Let me state first that I tend to “run hot.” For some reason, I have a great tolerance to the cold. I don’t mind the biting wind on my cheeks and only once the temperature drops below -10 C do I add an extra layer to my legs.

That said, let’s look at outfit #1… the everyday ride:

1. Wool jacket with light lining (pocket handkerchief for running nose is essential).
2. Wool scarf
3. Toque
4. Merino wool sweater
5. Cotton shirt
6. Jeans (reflective strap since I don’t have a chainguard)
7. Fleece gloves
8. Merino wool socks

Not pictured: fleece long johns, leather boots.

My everyday rides take me to the grocery store, to the bank, to a new remote office (coffee shop), to the library. These are all short trips that see me on the bike for no more than 20 minutes at a time. In light snow, I’ve never had a problem with wet clothes and because I have a set of full fenders the amount of slush and grime spray on my shins is very minimal.

When I reach my destination I sometimes remove the pant strap and I’m ready to go. Easy as pie.

In addition to grocery hauling, errand running my bicycle is my only “exercise machine.” So, for longer, harder rides where I’m cranking up my already burning internal engine I dress differently… here’s a look at the active rider:

1. Waterproof/Breathable shell
2. Wool cap with ear flaps
3. Fleece half-zip
4. Merino wool base layer
5. Soft shell pants
6. Liner shorts
7. Lined water resistant gloves
8. Merino wool socks

Not pictured: Gore-tex hiking shoes, helmet

My goal on longer, harder rides is to have my outer layers block the wind and my inner layers fight to manage sweat. While I like the bright blue jacket for visibility, I bought it because the fabric is reliably wind resistant and waterproof and because it was on sale.

In the end, I suggest wearing what you feel is comfortable. I like my “advanced plastics” outer layers as much as I do my natural fibre one. Each outfit works for what I want them to do and finding the right mix that suits your body and your needs is how I feel you should determine what to wear on your bicycle in any weather.

The Red Bull Mini Drome

Ok, Red Bull… let’s get this mini drome over to Toronto!

The Invisible Cyclists

About this video:

They ride on the sidewalks around the city, many of them without helmets or lights. For thousands of immigrants in Los Angeles, the bicycle is their primary means of transportation. But while “everybody’s sort of aware of these bikers,” says Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition organizer Allison Mannos, “there’s not really any outreach. My interest is to address the people who never get taken into account.”

Mannos has co-founded a program, called City of Lights, to do just that. The program is bringing material benefits to immigrant bike riders, but, more broadly, is trying to strengthen the sometimes tenuous-seeming links between transportation and social justice.

Read the rest of the article The Invisible Cyclists: Immigrants and the Bike Community

Via Urban Velo

Johnnie Olivan Explores Possibilities With The Bike-Car

Here are three cool videos of Portland, OR bikesmith Johnnie Olivan and his recycled creations.

Learn more at Rejuiced Bikes

More videos are available on Vimeo and YouTube

BC Bike Wear Company Loeka Aims to Recycle Used Clothing

Vancouver-based Loeka has become the first cycling clothing company to offer a recycling program for customers’ used tops, bottoms and jackets:

Loeka is built on a love of biking in the great outdoors, so it’s important that we do our bit to protect the beautiful environment we all love to play in.

Loeka Recycle is an initiative that enables customers to return their old Loeka items to be recycled into reusable materials for signage, banners, merchandising. Plus any winter items that are in good condition will be donated to women in need so they can stay warm and dry. These are just the first steps Loeka is taking towards the ultimate goal of operating a completely closed loop recycling system.

Customers who participate in the program are rewarded with vouchers for their next purchase.

Loeka is the first cycling apparel company in Canada to introduce the recycling initiative into our business model. We are incredibly excited at the opportunity and thank our customers and retail partners for joining us.

Fantastic to see a company take on a challenging initiative like this. You can learn more about Loeka and their women-specific cycling and outdoor wear here: Loeka women’s only cycling & outdoor adventure apparel

Via Bike Shop Girl

Real Life Bicycle Stories

Putting a face on the people who use a city’s infrastructure can help others understand why certain changes are happening (or are proposed).

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has created the Connecting the City campaign to promote proposed connections to existing bicycle infrastructure in San Francisco.

The above video shows one family integrating all forms of transportation into their daily lives and expresses the concerns many parents have and how infrastructure could improve current conditions.

Reminds me a little of this, too.

Via Velo Vogue

Bicycle Rights

Oh dear! I long for the FBI agent from Twin Peaks to dig my style while wearing a bright yellow Nutcase helmet.

From the upcoming show Portlandia.

How We Behave In Cars

…as demonstrated by people on bikes.

The text at the end roughly translates to something like, “Cycling is annoying, isn’t it?”

Via Amsterdamize on Twitter

The Bicycle Lifestyle; An American in Amsterdam

How do you promote products that are designed for active, everyday life? Well, why not just show them in use.

Based in San Francisco, Mission Workshop, makes bags and clothes for the lifestyle cyclist. (I don’t know if this is an actual term, but it’s what my girlfriend has been using to describe people who use bikes like others use their car, just for everyday living)

The two products featured in the above video are the Orion jacket (made in Canada) and the merino Bosun jacket, layered together for chillier winter riding.

For us Canuks, the only shop in our vast country carrying Mission Workshop gear is On the Rivet in Vancouver, BC. So far at least.

Via Amsterdamize