BIKE Drinks with Toronto Cyclists Union and T-shirts: August 5, 2010

Bike Union t-shirts, photo by Yvonne Bambrick

Via Toronto Cyclists Union:

BIKE DRINKS – Monthly Toronto Cyclists Union Social!

First Thursday of the month starting August 5th, 2010
6:30 to 7:00pm – New bike union member welcome & sign up
7:00 to 9:00pm – Bike social

BIKE Drinks kicks off at a special location on August 5th!
215 Spadina Ave. Suite 120 @ Centre for Social Innovation
From 6:30pm – presentation at 7pm
BYO – (Beverage sponsor TBC)

Regular location: Victory Cafe – 581 Markham Street (1 block S of Bloor, 1 block W of Bathurst) The Victory Cafe is a family-friendly environment.

We thought it was time to get a regular social started up again and we’re going to kick it off with a special presentation by the bike union’s Yvonne Bambrick.

Yvonne will be giving a short and informal presentation about her recent trip to the Velo-City global cycling conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and will also share some observations on the 20,000 Velib public bikes and new infrastructure from her short stop in Paris.

  • Brand new bike union T-shirts will be available for purchase ($20 including tax)
  • Special Announcement regarding a custom painted bike giveaway!

More details about this monthly social can be found here – http://bikeunion.to/bike-drinks-monthly-toronto-cyclists-union-social

This really should also be a “covet” post as these three Toronto Cyclists Union t-shirts designed by Simon Farla are fantastic.

Photo via Yvonne Bambrick
Become a Toronto Cyclists Union member today, go here.

Covet: Everyday Eco Items by The Straight Stitch

Groovy Hearts Enviro Wrap by The Straight Stitch http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheStraightStitch

Groovy Hearts Enviro WrapGroovy Hearts Enviro Wrap

Pack your lunch in reusable sandwich wraps and bags and ditch the single-use plastic products!

Pictured above is an Enviro Wrap by The Straight Stitch a colourful way to give up on baggies and securely carry your lunch to work. The creator, Stefanie from Mississauga, is a bicycle enthusiast and her enviro bags would be a great addition to your pannier.

Also available are cutlery wraps and velcro-sealed lunch bags:

OOAK Robots Cutlery Wrap with NapkinOOAK Vines Enviro Lunch Set

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Covet: Globe Bikes 2011 Daily Models

Globe Daily 01 via Bikerumor.com

Globe Daily 03 step-through via Bikerumor.com

While I’m a big fan of the Globe bikes I’ve ridden, I’m still a sucker for the newer models.

For 2011, Globe is releasing the new Daily model with a steeper head tube, mustache handlebars, stock front basket and covered drive train. While I’m not a huge fan of the small rear rack and derailleur shifting of the other models, the Daily 01 singlespeed and Daily 03 step-through singlespeed are pretty great looking daily use bikes.

Now, I’d just like to see Globe use steel for the frames as the alloy, while lighter, doesn’t really dampen bumps as well as steel could.

Photos via Bikerumor.com

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.

Covet: Baye Hunter’s Beautiful Bicycle Photography as Prints and Cards

Bicycle Cards by Baye Hunter

I had the pleasure of meeting Baye Hunter at the MEC Bikefest on Saturday, July 3, 2010.

Baye is a talented photographer, painter and collage artist as well as a passionate cyclist. To see more cards like those pictured above visit Baye Hunter’s web site: www.bayehunter.com or stop by Urbane Cycist, BikeSauce, Musideum and the Blue Banana in Toronto.

You can currently see her watercolours of Toronto Island homes on display for the month of June 2010 at the Rectory Cafe on Toronto Island.

Covet: Bent Basket

Bent Basket screen shot bentbasket.com

I really seem to be obsessed with carrying things on wood on bicycles these days.

Here’s another design for a bike-mounted rack, called the Bent Basket. Thick nylon straps are removable and interchangeable and the base looks like a skateboard design gone wrong. I like it, although those straps could really wreck havoc on fresh strawberries (my girlfriend and I are having a heck of time getting strawberries and raspberries home on our bikes without the end result looking like a CSI crime scene).

Bent Basket and flowers from bentbasket.com

Bent Basket in profile from bentbasket.com

More info from the Bent Basket site:

Each bent basket is handmade from bent wood, an aluminum frame and stretchy nylon straps.

Carry area is 16”L x 12.5W

Designed for 700c road bike

Maximum weight: 12 pack of beer

Go here to get one BentBasket.com

Photos via BentBasket.com

Found on The World’s Best Ever

Covet: Beautiful, Handmade, Wooden Bicycle Baskets

Curved Custom Bicycle Crate Rack

Spotted near College Street and Dovercourt, a pair of bicycles with stunning most likely custom and handmade wooden crate baskets. The one pictured above had a curved bottom, which may help keep round objects from rolling around. Really dig the cut outs and the large size of both of these.

Round bottom wooden create bicycle basket

Square wooden crate bicycle basket

Square wooden crate bicycle basket with round holes

If anyone has any information on who made these, please share it in the comments below. I really like just how sturdy these looked, mine is starting to fail the test of time.

Covet: Cycle Chic Fashion at Distill Gallery

Great Canadian designs with a bicycle theme available at Distill Gallery in the Distillery District, Toronto.

Annie Thompson Cross-up Reflective Bag

Annie Thompson bags are simple, functional and feature reflective crosses on outer pockets.

Jenna Rose Bicycle Pillow

Hamilton designer, Jenna Rose, creates pillows and storage bags with distinctive bicycle prints as seen above.

Covet: Bike Porter integrated handlebar and front rack

Bike Porter Copenhagen Parts

Simple and exceptionally useful. Copenhagen Parts integrate a front rack and handlebar and call it a Bike Porter. Just add bungees and packages and go!

Bike Porter

via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Covet: Retrovelo Frame Bag and TATO Commuter Bicycle

Retrovelo Frame Bag

The Retrovelo frame bag is absolutely stunning.

Or, if I already had a fancy leather briefcase, which I don’t, maybe I’d want this TATO commuter bicycle, nix the suspension though:

TATO Commuter Bicycle