Covet: Repurposed Car Parts and Inner Tubes Become Mariclaro Bags

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Way back when I bought my first used car, friends of mine took me to a local scrapyard. We searched for abandoned and forgotten parts to “spruce” up my new ride. Had I had a bit more ingenuity, I may have stripped down the old car seats and removed the seat belts to make beautiful and functional bags.

Thankfully the team at Mariclaro had this fantastic idea and the results are certainly “Covet” worthy.

Cadillac Bags are available here and here.
Lincoln Bags are available here and here.

Now, if car branding and seat upholstery aren’t quite your “bag,” then Mariclaro has something else in the works. Bags made of old inner tubes. Here’s a peek at a bag being assembled and the finished product:

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Mariclaro inner tube bag

For more information about Mariclaro visit their web site, their blog, their Etsy shop or their shop at 457 Roncesvalles Ave. (just south of Dundas West) Toronto, ON M6R 2N4

“I try and head to places that will offer a rewarding bike ride” – Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65)

Richard Terfry aka Buck 65 via buck65.com

From PostedToronto My Toronto: Buck 65:

Bike 65 I get around town by bike, so I try and head to places that will offer a rewarding bike ride, like the Roncesvalles neighbourhood, or the area around Bloor and Bathurst, where I have a bunch of friends and favourite spots. The Bloor Cinema [506 Bloor St. W.] is one, and there’s a pretty great bike shop there, too [Curbside Cycle, 412 Bloor St. W.] where I bought both my bike and my wife’s bike. It’s a semi-regular stop if we need repairs or accessories or anything like that.

Read the rest of the article here.
Photo via Buck65.com

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

Very cool event at a very cool shop on Roncesvalles:

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

From the Mariclaro web site:

Mariclaro Canada invites cyclists, aspiring designers and all interested individuals to a three-part design workshop to design the perfect courier bag out of recycled and reclaimed materials. Participants will work in groups, teamed up with experienced Mariclaro staff members who will help them to turn their concepts into a final product. And to reward their hard work, each design session will be followed by an after-party featuring local beers and snacks. The parties will be held right at the store and are open to the general public.

The first workshop session will take place on July the 10th at 2pm at our store. Those who register will be grouped into three teams. Each team of six will work together to create a detailed sketch of their design based on their suggestions and ideas. Over the course of the session, teams will consider the way they want their bag to perform, discuss the kinds of features you’d like to see included and take a look at the different materials we have available. At the end of the session, all the resulting work will be displayed and the store will be open to everyone for an afterparty. No registration is necessary to attend this, and anyone is welcome to come in, view the designs and make suggestions for improvement. Food and drinks will be provided, so come out for a great evening!

REGISTRATION: Those who are interested in the group workshop should pre-register before Friday July 9th >>. There is no fee for the event – in fact, participants will be rewarded with a gift certificate towards a Mariclaro bag at the end of the event.

The party starts after 4pm and is open to everyone – no registration necessary.

Go here for more information. Help design a courier bag and celebrate with an afterparty!

Did you get your bicycle "Safety Check"?

These days, a bicycle is often deemed road-worthy not by its level of safety, but simply by how it looks and functions.
Would we have “bicycle shaped objects” like those available at the big-box stores we love to hate if there existed a safety certification program ranking bicycles for safety?
The above photo was taken on Roncesvalles. The bicycle was locked with a rusty chain that was more than likely as old as the bicycle itself. Not much else remained on the bike to hint towards its origins, but this “Safety Check” sticker sure brings about many questions.
Was this sticker just a marketing tactic used to appeal to the want of having a safe bicycle? Or, was this sticker a requirement at the time. I’ve read that the city issued licence plates back in the 1950s after the bicycle was brought in to an officer who would then inspect the bicycle for safety. Although I haven’t found much else on what requirements needed to be met in order for a bike to be deemed safe.
On second thought, maybe this bicycle is even older than that. The peach basket on the rear rack could indicated that this bicycle was once owned by James Naismith… although I didn’t check to see if there was a hole cut in the bottom.
Do you know more about this bicycle or bicycle safety checks? Share your stories in the BikingToronto Forum

Yellow Fenders and Stickers

Spotted on Roncesvalles. Increasing visibility and freeing the cyclist of a distinctive “skunk tail” with bright yellow fenders.