Whiskey Drome (and a Mini Drome on the Way to Toronto)

Like mini dromes? Well, you’re in luck! October 8, 2011 the Red Bull Mini Drome is coming to Toronto… head to the Evergreen Brick Works. The event is free for spectators, qualifiers start at 2pm with the main event at 7:30pm.

More info at dandyhorsemagazine.com

dandyhorse magazine Spring 2011 launch party and bike raffle

Spring brings us warm rain, blooming flowers, more people on bikes and the dandyhorse magazine spring issue launch party.

Come to the Gladstone Hotel on May 30, 2011 and pick up a copy of the Spring 2011 issue showing you the many ways bikes are good for business on Bloor. Stick around and share a drink with fellow bike buddies and enter a raffle to win an Opus Cervin bicycle.

More event info on Facebook: dandyhorse magazine spring launch party!

Check out the new dandyhorse magazine website, too: dandyhorsemagazine.com

Going Uphill Fast

Red Bull is really getting into bikes. Here’s the scene from Red Bull Hill Chasers in Bristol.

Via John Prolly

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

The Red Bull Mini Drome

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

Visible Hands for Low Light Commutes

Donald “Go-by-bike” Wiedman, founder of BikesandTransit.com, has created a unique Facebook event that suggests Toronto cyclists wear bright orange (or yellow, or green) gloves to increase their signal visibility.

Many cycling (or skiing, or snowboarding, or just general winter) gloves are black. And black hands combined with low light on morning and afternoon fall commutes makes for invisible hands.

With bright gloves your hands become far more visible, and to go along with the visibility Donald Wiedman suggests a few creative signals to use in addition to the basics:

STICK OUT YOUR LEFT ARM, SHOWING THE BACK OF YOUR HAND
- to signal you’re about to turn or veer left,
- or bend your elbow and hand up, to signal you’re turning right.
* but you were already doing that anyway right?

POINT TO THE GROUND ON YOUR LEFT
- to remind distracted approaching drivers that there is a little bike lane white line painted there, under their tire,
- that there is too little space for them to squeeze between you, a parked car and a moving streetcar,
- and to let them know that if their left tire is on the inside of the streetcar track, then their right mirror is – by your calculations – about to pass less than six inches from your handlebar!

POINT TO THE GROUND WITH THREE FINGERS EXTENDED
- to remind motorists that they should give a good three feet when they pass a cyclist (according to the Driver’s Handbook – that is nestled there, unread in their vehicle’s glove compartment).

HOLD YOUR ARM OUT, ANGLED DOWN, SHOWING THEM YOUR PALM
- to remind all why-are-you-accelerating motorists that they should be slowing down, not speeding up, when they’re about to pass you.

SHAKE YOUR ARM, HAND AND GLOVE UP AND DOWN, VIGOROUSLY
- to remind dangerously approaching drivers in huge SUVs, vans and trucks that, if they drive with their fender so close to you, then their mirror is about to knock you (and your little styrofoam helmet) off your bike.

GIVE THEM THE THUMBS UP!
- if they’ve slowed, pulled out, and passed you with the decency and respect all cyclists in this town deserve.

Get the gloves at your local hardware store (but be sure to check with your local bike shop first as they may have gloves in colours other than black) and get pedaling with your far more visible hands.

While I haven’t tried these myself, check out these reflective safety gloves at Home Depot, not bad for $20.

Check out the Facebook event here: Let’s Try Biking With Orange Florescent Gloves On!

What is the Cobble Wobble?

Uphill sprint races bring out costumed riders and kids! It’s the Cobble Wobble.

Where in Toronto could we stage something like this?

Congratulations, Toronto For Supporting Bixi; 1,000 Subscriber Goal Reached!

Toronto Bixi

Last night, October 18, 2010, Bixi Toronto held a party for the existing 884 subscribers.

According to ibikeTO.ca the party was a success and coincided with the announcement that the 1,000 early subscribers goal set by Toronto City Council was reached (and surpassed)!

However, Bixi Toronto is not a sure thing just yet. The good news is that you can help. In addition to 1,000 early subscribers the bike share system also needs to secure $600,000 in sponsorship. Of that total, ING Direct has contributed $450,000. The remaining money can come from both additional sponsors and from subscribers beyond the 1,000 mark.

If you haven’t subscribed to Bixi Toronto yet you can do so here: http://toronto.bixi.com/

If your company would like to become a sponsor, information can be found here: Corporate Memberships and How to Sponsor Bixi Toronto

Patch stencil artwork by Janet Bike Girl

Dandyhorse Vol. 3 Issue 2 Launch Party – Thursday, October 7, 2010

Can’t wait until October 7th to get the latest issue… here’s some good news:

Be the first to grab a copy this Sunday, September 26 at Word on the Street, Queen’s Park, Toronto!

Our latest issue features original art and illustrations by some of Toronto’s top artists and photographers, including Elicser and John Lee. In preparation for Toronto’s upcoming mayoral election, we feature a mayoral cheat sheet and profiles of the city’s top mayoral candidates. We also take it to the streets and interview regular people about why they love riding in the city and what they’d like the next mayor to do for cyclists. We also have a fashion photo feature,  advice from our Polite Pedallers and a stunning new comic by artist Chimo Chan. And don’t forget to check out our new feature section, Clipped In, for the first of  a series of provocative pedal stories: this time, renowned writer Richard Poplak takes us for a ride.

Via Dandyhorse

Discover the Queen West Art Crawl by Bicycle with Art Spin

Queen West Art Crawl

Today, Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm Art Spin will be meeting at the Queen and Strachan gates in Trinity Bellwoods Park to run a 2 hour tour of the ongoing Queen West Art Crawl.

Via Art Spin:

Please join us for a special installment of Art Spin this Saturday, September 18th when we will be conducting a bike led tour of theQueen West Art Crawl (see www.queenwestartcrawl.com for more details), visiting a variety of exhibitions, studios and performances.

This tour will meet  at Trinity Bellwoods park at the Queen & Strachan gate between 3:30 – 4 pm. The tour starts at 4 pm  and will end at the Gladstone Hotel around 6 pm. For those of you that have never attended the Queen West Art Crawl this promises to be a great way to get a general overview of this rather large and exciting event. Why crawl when you can ride!