TorontoVerve; Street Style and Cycle Chic

The BikingToronto Photo of the Day blog regularly features stylish Torontonian’s riding their bikes and it’s pretty clear that we’re no strangers to “cycle chic” in this city. So you just know that a street style photographer is going to find a lot of fashionable subjects on their bikes. Take for example these photos from TorontoVerve:

More photos at TorontoVerve

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

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Dublin Cycle Chic Fashion Show

Dublin Cycle Chic Fashion Show Screen Shot

Some people may be attracted to commuter cycling by its environmental and health benefits, but of course, that’s not always the case. In Ireland, Dublin City Council, staged a Dublin Cycle Chic fashion show to illustrate that city cycling doesn’t require battle gear to get started, simply a bicycle and the clothes on your back (something many still seem to be learning about in Toronto):

Dublin Cycle Chic – Fashion Show from DCTV on Vimeo.

Via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

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.

Touring Toronto’s Cupcake Scene by Bicycle

Photo via Toronto Star article

Via Toronto Star:

Hyedie Hashimoto’s idea of a sweet ride is hopping on her black road bike and zipping across Toronto from bakery to bakery, sampling cupcakes.

Call it a kind of culinary biking tour. There are definitely enough cupcake shops across town to support one.

“I just have a sweet tooth,” says Hashimoto, a 32-year-old graphic designer. “Tying in cupcakes was tying something fun into biking.”

Read the full article at the Toronto Star or learn more about Hyedie Hashimoto’s next cupcake ride at www.cupcakeride.com

416CycleStyle’s West Side CycleStyle Story

West Side CycleStyle Story via @416CycleStyle:

More photos of Toronto style and the bicycles below on 416 Cycle Style Toronto

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

Cycle Chic as Advocacy?

First Cycle Chic Photo

Is the simple act of riding a bicycle in your everyday clothes a form of advocacy? Capturing these moments and sharing them online may be more than just bicycle voyeurism. See why in the video below:

Hey, Harry! I Like Your Bikes

The Harry Rosen storefront on Bloor Street displays a few interesting accessories for Spring.

Harry 1

Gary Fisher Simple City at Harry Rosen Toronto

Gary Fisher Simple City at Harry Rosen Toronto

Trek at Harry Rosen Toronto

Electra at Harry Rosen Toronto

Trek Belleville
Gary Fisher Simple City
Electra Bikes