Bicycle articles online and in papers mean spring is here! YAY!
Hopefully it warms up so we can have some comfortable rides this weekend!
These are photos from a bike ride last year when my friends Bianca (in the middle) and Dom (at the back) came to stay with us. I realized I never shared these photos last year and the recent drop in temperatures made me think of our fun ride.
Bianca and Dom are pretty regular cyclists in London, England so it was interesting to hear their opinions on cycling in Toronto.
Hope they can come back to visit again soon!
I bought this little point and shoot 3 years ago specifically to take photos while riding my bike during Cupcake Rides. Here are the first shots I took with the camera while biking!
Sadly during the Rib Fest ride I rode over a small, sharp speed bump and it flew out of my bag and hit the asphalt path, really hard.
The impact was too much and my little black canon that shared so many biking adventures with me died.
For the past few rides I’ve been hauling this big 11 year old point and shoot – which back in the day was SOOO slick and small – on bike rides but the size makes it hard to stabilize the camera while riding. I even would bring my film camera, but that camera is so precious I barely brought it out to take on-bike shots.
Needless to say I haven’t been taking many photos lately.
But I recently picked up a new point and shoot so I’m back to my bike photo taking ways! YAY!
Isn’t it funny how small the LCD preview screen is on the old camera?
The new camera will be making it’s group ride debut this Saturday on the Sweet Ride. Hopefully see you then!
Yesterday morning I witnessed a cyclist get squished between a parked car and an SUV lane changing to park.
It was quite horrifying because it happened so quickly and the cyclist tumbled off of his bike hitting the pavement quite hard.
Luckily the cyclist didn’t break any bones and his bike didn’t sustain any mechanical damage.
I offered to call the police to file a report a few times but the cyclist declined each time and I think the driver was being extra contrite to keep the cyclist from getting the police involved.
So do you know what’s really terrible?
After I reamed the driver out and we all exchanged contact information, I couldn’t help myself. I just had to give my two-cents to the the cyclist about how he passed me really, really close (because he didn’t want to hop into the next lane and cross over the streetcar tracks) at a high speed and failed to ring his bell. This was right after a stretch of clear road and then some parked cars were coming up, so I was shoulder checking and then woooosh. If I had veered even a centimetre to the left we would have totally collided.
I even shot down his excuse for not having a bell telling him it was the law.
I know. I know. Talking about kicking a guy while he was down, but I couldn’t help it. I had to tell him!!
And it gets worse. In my head I couldn’t help but think ‘Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?’
TERRIBLE!! So ya, that’s me. A sanctimonious cow*.
Hope everyone’s long weekend is filled with alert and considerate drivers and courteous cyclists and most importantly accident free. Happy cycling!!
*a term that Lainey Liu uses as a nickname for a certain Hollywood A-lister. While it isn’t a term that is used exclusively by her, I like it as much as her made up words like ‘thinnification’ and ‘gorgessity’
Is it just me, or has the number of queue jumpers increased a lot this summer?
If you are super fast and you don’t impede the riders that you’ve just past, fine, I have no problems with you queue jumping. (The guys in the photo above and below were really fast)
But this guy below? He was super slow, riding a squeaky chained rust machine. At every single light he would slowly creak up to the front of the queue, even when one time I stopped right in the middle of the bike lane to try to stop him from passing me. And then when the light turns green, we would all have to bike into traffic and ride around him.
It’s kind of crazy to think that people like him are so oblivious to the things around him and his level of self-awareness is so low. Or maybe it’s just plain selfishness.
I wanted to reserve a special post just for this.
On Sunday, Andrea presented me with these cute magnets!! She said that it wasa thank you for organizing the Cupcake Rides.
I’m so touched!!
Earlier this year Malena brought these cute earrings to a Cupcake Ride for me. They are from her travels and she said that she thought of me when she saw them!
Thank you so much ladies
I love riding with you both!!
I just discovered my dream bike: the Oporto by Cooper Bikes.
How I stumbled upon this beauty is beyond me, however, I could look at those 4 rotating photos on their website forever.
Why is it my dream bike?
1. It’s SUPER light (something that I really look for in a bicycle). It’s only 0.2 kg / 0.45 lbs heavier than a Fuji Feather. And compared to other bikes on the market that are similar (like the Bobbin Madam or Linus Mixte) this bike is almost 10lb lighter.
2. It has a lugged steel frame. I love steel frame bikes but these days all bikes are welded and I find welded joints to be fugly, which is another reason why I’ve been sticking to vintage frames. Lugs are beautiful.
3. It comes with fenders, a sleek chain guard and a pannier and it’s still super light!
Oh man I want this bike so much! It would be my grocery-getter replacement for fair weather riding.
They don’t seem to have a Canadian distributor yet.
.. although I must admit, I’m scared to ask how much they sell them for.
To celebrate Bike Month, I thought I’d share one of my favourite episodes of Definitely Not the Opera: I want to ride my bicycle.
Don’t have time to listen to the whole 1 hour podcast? Check out one the funnier stories from this episode:
Happy Bike Month!
One of my favourite bike blogs is The Julie Blog.
Julie is a NYC lady biker (love that term she’s coined) with a lot of sass and cute style! She blogs about her daily biking outfits and shares her adventures on her cute Linus bike that she’s nicknamed ‘Kate Middleton‘.
I’ve mentioned this many times before but her panda shot skills are second to none. I’m actually quite jealous of them. As you can see, even when I’m stationary I can hardly take a decent self-portrait.
So when she started fundraising for a great organization, through the 5 Borough Bike Tour by selling her handmade necklaces I had to get one.
And today it arrived! Want your own necklace? You still have some time to snag one!
Without a doubt, I’m sure everybody has an Igor Kenk story. This is mine, reposted here from another blog. I originally wrote it back in 2008.
Slightly old news now, but I used to live right by Igor’s bike repair shop on Queen. His decrepit store was filled with so much bicycle junk that he would fix bikes on the sidewalk right outside his shop. He always had a line-up of people waiting to get their bikes fixed and I would see him work well past 11pm with a cold beer stashed behind one of his planters.
It wasn’t really a shock to me when news broke that he was a suspect in a huge toronto bike theft ring. There was always whispers that the second hand bikes that he sold were stolen. But it’s ironic that a person who berated me about global economics and western economic privilege would steal bicycles.
Igor: How much did you pay for this bike.
Igor: Don’t you know that some poor worker in Vietnam was paid 25cents to make this bike for you?
Igor: Is that the only lock you’re using?
Hyedie: Ya, do you think it’s ok?
Igor: No. Anyone can steal your bike in less than 20 seconds. I sell better locks.
Hyedie: OK, I’ll take your beefiest lock. How much will it be?
Igor: $6o for the lock and $15 for fixing your gears.
Hyedie: Great, I’ll take it.
photo: Igor’s bike repair shop taken in 2004, back when he still had a front window. Here is a more recent image*.
*And for a while it was a roasted chicken joint. Currently I think the space sits vacant.
Oh and I’m still using the bike lock that I bought from him. … and now that I think about it, despite being still in it’s original packaging when I bought it from him, it was probably a hot item. Sigh.