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Dufferin and Bloor to the Core – FAST

(Originally published in Michael Holloway’s FilterBlogs)

The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project


(Click on the map to go to the original Sport Distance Calculator map.)

Tags: bicycle, bike, biking, Bloor, commute, core, Dufferin, Dundas, efficient, fast, mapping, map, route, Toronto, wiki, Yonge,

Cyclists who want to make their own map:

* Go to Sport Distance Calculator, make a map of your favourite route… (save is above the map)
* Then post the URL of the map in comments here.

I will monitor comments for new maps and when a new one comes in I will take a picture of it to use as thumbnail and publish it in BikingToronto’s Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki – with a link back to the original Sport Distance Calculator user generated map. The original map is secured with a pass word and only the creator can make changes to it.

(If you do change your map – please re-post in comments so I’ll be aware of changes that may effect the search label it gets.)

mh



Posted: March 12th, 2010
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Re-New, Re-Cycle, Re-Use

AnnieD posted last week that she’d given up on her old bike. She described these sympoms in her post where she admitted she’d decided already to buy new.

AnnieD said 6 days, 14 hours ago:
But my current bike is starting to suffer from the winter cycling: the chain is making various unhealthy sounds (though lube might be all it really needs), the rim brakes regularly fail, something about the wires freezing and/or some of the non-wire bits getting jammed (interested in disc brakes versus coaster brakes), and at least twice/year my gears refuse to change to the highest level (I usually ride in 3-5 but now have to ride is 2-7 since ”3” the gears won’t change to ”3” anymore) – tempted to switch to single gear.

I’m against new.

So, although the issue was settled and the new bike from Urbane is in the works, I thought, the old bike still needs a home, and by the sounds of it – a tune-up.

So I wrote this how-to over at Biking Toronto Group “Bikes and bike gear” and decided it was so good I should post it here in my Biking Toronto Blog and maybe my own FilterBlogs blog as well!

michael holloway said 16 minutes ago:
So I take it a new bike is the solution.

A new bike if not tuned up at least once a year will develope the same problems (Jamming brakes and gear shifters).

Bikes don’t like the winter, because all their vital moving parts (except the wheel and crank case bearings) are exposed to the elements. Water with salt, freeze/thaw and mud and rinse takes all the lube off in short order. When couriering – in the winter months – I had to tune-up my bike once a week (if there was snow).

(That’s ten hours a day, five days a week through ALL weather.)

What happens is, the grease in your brake and gear cables not only lubes the cable – so it slides easily, but it also repels water. If water gets in your cables it finds the lowest point and sits there, and in the winter freezes and/or rusts the cable to the cable housing.

Suprise! One morning, flying along – no breaks!

The cables for brakes and gear derailers need to be disconnected, pulled out, cleaned, checked for rust spots, replaced if necessary, greased and re-assembled and re-calebrated. It’s not easy, it takes technique, but after you’ve done it twice – it’s like riding a bike. :)

You need a pair of needle nosed plyers with side cutters, a multi-head screwdriver and two of cresent wrenches. (I find a pair of vice-grips always comes in handy, but don;t tell a mechanic I said that.)

Most riders can get away with one tune-up a year, but if your riding all winter, definatly do your tune-up in the fall. Come spring you’ll probably feel like it needs to be done again.

You can maintain your cables between tune-ups by loosening the cables (there are several spots on most bikes where you can reduce the tension with out disconnecting), and then dripping a fine oil between the cablehouseing and the cable. Do this one drop at a time, letting gravity take the oil down into the cable, and repeat…

Michael Holloway



Posted: March 12th, 2010
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“Ride the City” Mapper Looks Useful, Easy to use

(Thanks to ” jnyyz” for bring this to my attention.)

To Compare I asked the Ride the City mapper to make a map from Dufferin and Bloor to Adelaide and Yonge:

The program took Harbord which I like, and then down St George to Beverley St – zigs at Queen over to York St down to Adelaide and to Yonge. Nice route.

  • Can one make routes and save them?
  • Can we import it into Biking Toronto?

I’m going back there and see what else it does.

http://www.ridethecity.com/toronto#

Michael Holloway



Posted: March 11th, 2010
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Paul said, I need a non-arterial cycling route from Dufferin and Bloor into the Core

(Up-dated with Map 2, March 12 2010)

A Biking Toronto member Paul posted two weeks ago, I just saw it today. It’s part of Biking Toronto’s News Group thread, Bike lanes an election winner for Rossi.

I’m not commenting on the thread, just doing what I do here in this Biking Toronto Blog, which is – post Bike Route Maps.

To wit:

Paul T said 1 week, 6 days ago:

I have to strongly disagree with the non-arterial approach. I’ll do it with one example:

Get from the area west of Dufferin bounded by King to Bloor to the downtown core without taking an arterial route for most of it.

Very hard and time consuming. I know people who don’t bike to work because of how scary taking your bike across queen/king/dundas is. Going down to the lake is a huge inconvenience and time waster.

The one exception to the above is Harbord. But that’s only a small section.

There are plenty of examples of this. This is just the one I have personal experience with.

Being against bike lanes on arterial routes is being against bike lanes. Because if bike lanes aren’t connected in a usable network, that is convenient and useful, then they might as well not exist.”

Paul’s right, getting from Dufferin and Bloor into the core is a tricky and dangerous feat.

One of the points of this blog/wiki is to high light for advocates and city planners where the problem areas are. In this case there are safer routes than others. I used to live in the Bloor and Duffrin area, here’s a couple of my favourite routes please add yours too:

Map 1 (with only one wrong way one way)

Map 2

Michael



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Toronto: Dufferin and Bloor to the Core


The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project



(Click on the map to go to the original Sport Distance Calculator map.)

Tags: bicycle, bike, biking, Bloor, commute, core, Dufferin, efficient, mapping, map, route, safe, Toronto, wiki,

Cyclists who want to make their own map:

* Go to Sport Distance Calculator, make a map of your favourite route… (save is above the map)
* Then post the URL of the map in Twitter (there’s a button for that), and add #BikeRouteWiki to the end of your Tweet

I will monitor the Twitter list – when a new map comes in I will take a picture of it to use as thumbnail and publish it HERE and in FilterBlogs – with a link back to the original Sport Distance Calculator user generated map. The original map is secured with a pass word and only the creator can make changes to it.

(If you do change your map – please re-post in the Twitter list – so I’ll be aware of it – changes may effect the search label it gets.)

All Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project maps are posted in Twitter at List: ‘#BikeRouteWiki‘.

mh



Posted: March 11th, 2010
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