Need some ideas for that friend or family member who is obsessed with biking to work, hitting the ravines on the weekends or just loves anything on two pedal-powered wheels?
This is your Guide to get them something they’ll LOVE!
Memberships & Subscriptions
BIXI is Toronto’s new public bike sharing system. Discover the delights of this active and green alternative means of urban transport – simple, fast an
d economic. Take one when you need one, and leave it any station when you arrive at your destination. For a trip on the fly or as part of your daily routine – go BIXI! Accessible to everyone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long.
Dandyhorse’s deep roots in Toronto’s cycling community enable us to provide readers with editorial subject matter that connects with their urban and urbane sensibilities. Readers are delighted by sexy and serious content that inspires while simultaneously providing practical, street-level information. With stories and art about commuting, safety, fashion, local history, advocacy, couriers, BMXers, cool products, legal advice and more, dandyhorse is a one-stop-shop for anyone who loves bicycles and lives in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Toronto Cyclists Union strives to be a strong, unified voice advocating for the rights of cyclists of all ages and from all parts of the city. We aim to shift the political culture that has resisted the changes that are needed. We work together with citizens, community groups, bike shops and the City towards the common goals of ensuring that cycling is a legitimate, accessible, and safe means of transportation.
I Bike T.O. Gear
The well-known “I Bike T.O.” logo was designed in February 2006, and is available on shirts at buttons at http://www.ibiketo.org, where 100% of profits are given to cycling-related charities in Toronto. It was designed to be a proud and positive symbol of cycling in Toronto, as BikingToronto as a website has always promoted bicycles in a positive and constructive way.
MEC is the largest retail co-operative in Canada and demonstrates what can be done through collective democratic ownership. Our commitment to green building, community grants, ethical purchasing, product sustainability, and promotion of Canada-wide parks and protected areas demonstrates the best of what business can be in our society. At MEC, our aim is to provide quality gear and excellent value. We also want to minimize our environmental impact, by building products that last.
The Portland is everything you might expect from a jacket named for such a hip town. It’s big on style and weatherproof performance, and built for serious cycling. The stealthy, bike-friendly features are well-concealed in a flattering fit and fashionable design.
- Waterproof soft shell fabric is 100% polyester.
- Drop down rear panel has 3M reflective tape and reflective piping accents.
- The weather-guard cuffs are gussetted.
- Hidden pit zips allow furtive venting.
- The chest pocket has an audio port so you can ride to your own soundtrack.
- The side gusset lets you adjust the fit and degree of flare.
Based in Toronto, YNOT Cycle, run by Tom Mosher, has recently expanded to a new location and continues cranking out custom bags for local riders. From the massive, carry-everything-you-own Cobra to the roll-top and room for plenty Gulper (pictured above) Tom and his team are creating functional, durable and downright good looking bags.
The combination of leather and canvas on the Basil Kavan II panniers will give a touch to of class to your cargo.
Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. Currently, we offer 5 different forms of ID: the FIXX ID, the Shoe ID, the Ankle ID the Wrist ID and the Shoe Pouch ID. We encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.
Fill up bike tires quickly and easily with compressed CO2 in a handy little container.
- Precision-machined aluminum body and head with control knob.
- Fits Presta and Schrader valves.
- One-hand control.
- Insulated cartridge sleeve to prevent frozen fingers (cartridge becomes extremely cold during use).
- Includes two threaded 16g CO2 cartridges.
A great gift for anyone starting out biking… make sure they are visible as they bike Toronto. Not only does this set of lights do a great job making a cyclist visible… but it’s a great deal – 2 lights for under $12!
- Water-resistant for all-weather commuting.
- Quick release bracket and rubber shims to fit all handlebar sizes.
- Steady or flashing modes. Front light burns 45 hours on steady, 100 hours on flashing. Rear light burns 50 hours on steady, 150 hours on flashing.
- Includes five AAA batteries (three front, two rear).
I can’t think of any cyclist who doesn’t have at least 1 turtle light, but the great thing about them is you can never have too many!
Extremely colourful, these small portable emergency lights have one single white LED light. Small elastic band allows you to attach the light to your handlebar or fork. You can also attach it to your keychain.
- Available in orange, green, blue, and purple.
- Two modes: solid or fast flash.
- Run time is 100 to 150 hours.
- Uses two CR 2032 lithium batteries (included).
- Also Available: Red Turtle Lights – $3.75, Turbo Red Turtle Lights – $4.50 and Turbo White Turtle Lights – $4.75 (the “Turbo” means they have 2 LEDs and are a bit more waterproof.
A great little set of tools at a great little price (for a great little stocking stuffer!).
A multi-tool designed for cyclists.
- Philips screwdriver.
- Flat screwdriver.
- 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 hex keys.
- 8mm Allen key socket that fits on the #6 hex.
- T25 Torx® bit for disc brake bolts.
Light up your bike on those dusky winter commutes with this package of 16 reflective adhesive Scotchlite™ strips. Package includes:
- Four pieces for your forks (front and back).
- Four pieces for your crossbars.
- Four pieces for your pedals (front and back).
- Four pieces for your helmet.
- Hard polycarbonate case protects against knocks and scratches
- RidgeSeal case design protects your phone from weather, sweat, and mud
- Welded, touch-sensitive membrane gives complete access to iPhone applications
- Weather-sealed windows and ports for front and rear cameras, headphones, and charge cable
- Double-pivot lock system for secure case closure
- Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPhone
Books & Movies
Other Fun Stuff
About Baye Hunter (via Duncan’s City Ride)
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.
Protect your top tube (and also your family jewels if you happen to fall on your top tube) with these stylish protectors from Under The Weather.
- Standard: 14cm circumference, fits steel and aluminum frames. 43cm length fits most adult bikes.
- Skinny: 9.5cm max circumference, fits most steel frames (fits snug – no slipping around – may
not fit around/over braze-on cable hangers). 51cm (20″) length fits most 54cm track bikes.
- Custom sizing available
- 1000 Denier Cordura® outer, 500 Denier Cordura® inner provides abrasion resistance and durability.
Ballistic Nylon also available.
- 3/8″ closed cell foam padding doesn’t rot or mildew
- Want nifty Snaps instead of Velcro®? That’s only a few bucks extra.
- Might outlast your frame, choose a colour you like!
- Also available from BikeSauce
Vancouver based Prohab Helmet Society is a non-profit incorporation that donates helmets to the Vancouver area community. In British Columbia, where helmet use is mandatory, the Prohab Helmet Society is working with partners to provide helmets to those without.
To show your support and help provide helmets to those without you can purchase the 2011 calendar here: Prohab Society Calendar
Brooklyn-based artist Takahiro Kudo crafts this wonderful miniature bicycle parts as jewelry.