Bikes On Wheels

While you simply can’t just call a video ‘viral’ (especially at less than 1,000 views) I still think this is a cool promo for Bikes On Wheels… and that song’s gonna be stuck in my head all day, too.

Don’t Call it a Girl’s Bike

Just because your bicycle has a sloping top tube doesn’t mean you have to call it a “girl’s bike.” That slope can make it easier to cycle modestly while wearing a dress, sure, but it also comes in handy once you start carrying any sort of cargo on your bicycle.

Adding cargo adds weight to your bicycle and the “step-through” frame design makes it easier for you to balance your packages or children while mounting and dismounting your bike.

Here are just a few “step-through” bicycles for women and men that can help you carry your cargo and avoid the delicate dance of getting on and off your bike:

The above Linus Mixte comes with a rear rack ready for you to strap a basket to, available at Bikes on Wheels.

The Globe Live 1 Mixte will stand out in the crowd, if not for the bright red colour but also because it comes stock with a huge front rack, available at Urbane Cyclist.

While the Dutch may call this design by Electra an “omafiets” (literally, grandma’s bike) both men and women have benefited for years from this easy to step through design. Available at The Cycle Shoppe.

When it comes to really maximizing your cargo carrying capacity, the Kona Ute certainly stretches the limits. Available at Sweet Pete’s.

And that’s not all… you’ll find even more sloping step-throughs at Curbside Cycle who carry models from Batavus, Pashley and Abici.

Just Released: Bicycle Film Festival 2010 Toronto Schedule

Via Bicycle Film Festival web site:

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18

BIKES ROCK!
PARTS AND LABOUR
1566 Queen St. West
Bands TBA

THURSDAY AUGUST 19

BFF AND BIKES ON WHEELS PRESENT
MIKE GIANT
THE MASCOT

1267 Queen St. West

A series of 5 bicycle frames featuring artists:
Benny Zenga
CHUNKS
Frank Maidens
Tobin Reid
Toby Reid

FRIDAY AUGUST 20

THE ROYAL
608 College St.

7:00 PM P.1 The Birth Of Big Air  BUY TICKETS
9:00 PM P.2 Riding The Long White Cloud BUY TICKETS
10:00 PM AFTER PARTY TBA check back for details

SATURDAY AUGUST 21

THE ROYAL THEATRE
608 College St.

5:00 PM P.3 Bike Shorts  BUY TICKETS
7:00 PM P.4 The Cyclocross Meeting BUY TICKETS
9:00 PM P.5 Urban Bike Shorts   BUY TICKETS

SUNDAY AUGUST 22

CINECYCLE
401 Richmond St.
By Donation

8:00 PM  EMPIRE – CANADIAN PREMIERE!

This year’s Bicycle Film Festival Toronto brought to you by:

Toronto Cyclists Union who will provide Free valet bike parking at The Royal for screenings
Crumpler Bags
San Marco Saddles
Bikes On Wheels Kensington Market
The Mascot

More info here.

Fixed Gear Freestyle on Toronto’s Streets

Toronto has world-renowned skateboarding, BMX and rollerblading scenes, so it was only a matter of time before fixed gear riders started making waves.

Via YNOTCYCLE
Photo via John Hargraft

Covet: Linus Bikes

Linus Roadster Classic via linusbike.com

Linus Dutchie 1 via linusbike.com

I really love simple things. Sure, gears and crazy graphics look nice on some bikes, but if you’re riding that bike every day it means that you’ve got a few more parts to worry about and every ding to the paint probably breaks your heart.

Now, not only are Linus bikes simple, but they’re also affordable. Both of the models pictured above, the Roadster Classic and Dutchie 1 are priced at just $500 at Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market.

Learn more about Linus bikes here.

Winter Bike Storage at Bikes on Wheels

For those without a shed or garage or extra room, there’s another way to store you bike for the winter (if you don’t plan on riding it that is).
Bikes on Wheels offers winter bike storage with pick up on April 1st, just in time for Spring.
How do you store you bicycle in the winter? Tell us in the BikingToronto Forum