The perfect commuter: Clare Barry and her every day bike

This article was originally published in dandyhorse issue 3.

The perfect commuter

Clare Barry ~ One of the joys of my day is commuting to and from work on my bike. I can carry all I need and navigate very easily as the brakes, lever to shift gears and bell are all positioned correctly. The frame is lightweight so it maneuvers easily, while handling rough spots and rail tracks well due to the wider rims and tires. One rear pannier holds my workbag and in the other I carry a change of clothes, lunch and the occasional baguette.

Story and photo by Marco Sobrevinas

Mike Barry was my first mentor in cycling. His ideas and style have influenced my cycling preferences. A bike he built graced the cover of the second issue of dandyhorse, where he was featured prominently. Toward the end of the article, he talks about the ideal bicycle for commuting: “The bike you ride should be functional and efficient, but shouldn’t be fancy.” With this in mind Barry built his wife the perfect commuter bike — Clare Barry is posing with her custom Mariposa in this photo, which she’s been riding in downtown Toronto since 1986. Want one like Barry built? Here’s what you need to know:

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Toronto Bike Show 2019

Words and pictures by Jun Nogami

Today was the first day of the annual spring Toronto Bike Show. A lot of the trends that were apparent last year are continuing. There is a lot of activity in the e-bike area, and the technology is incrementally improving.

The Amego booth had their usual broad range of e-bikes.

These Riese and Müller cargo bikes caught my eye.

This one has a rear facing child seat for a larger kid.

Speaking of cargo bikes, Bob Bell from Wike was proud that their Salamander convertible bike won a gold award at Eurobike 2018. They are starting to sell into Europe as well.

Even Bianchi's kids bikes come in celeste.

This is Tern's 2nd generation Vektron. They revised the battery mounting position so that the rear rack could be lengthened. It also has feet on the rack so that the bike can be stood on end when its is folded to save floor space.

Speaking of floor space, Revelo was back with a prototype of a 700c wheel size folding bike. It is due to be released this spring.

It is also equipped with their thin stem so that it folds to a very small depth.

Industrial Bicycles is a large recumbent dealer in Dearborn, MI. Apparently they have a lot of Canadian customers. They were representing Terratrike at the show.

Blacksmith Cycles had their usual stand of high end bicycles. This one was very pretty and it was marked down as well.

This bike had a carbon fibre leaf spring fork.

There were plenty of accessories also. Yakima now makes a tent platform.

I'm a big fan of rain capes, some of the best ones are made by Cleverhood. It was great to talk to Susan, who designs their products. I told her about how I've modified my capes with a little patch of velcro on the front hem. All their products are sewn in New England. Their capes are carried locally by the Spacing store, but they are cheaper this weekend at the show.

She said that if you drop by their booth and mention that you heard about them on Dandyhorse, you'll get a free bandana or hat (until she runs out).

Krys from Grupetto Coffee in Dundas was serving the best coffee at the show, and raising funds for  World Bicycle Relief, IMBA Canada and Share The Road.

In addition to all of the vendors and booths, there are always BMX and bike polo events running throughout the day.

Lots to see, people to talk to, and some opportunities for deals as well. The show runs through Sunday.

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The Make Den Maven: Irene Stickney on how fashion changed her life

~This story originally appeared in summer 2011, issue 9 of dandyhorse. We are reposting this article in memory of Karl Lagerfeld, long-time artistic director at Chanel, who has died today at age 85 near Paris. ~

Irene is pictured in both her gang colours (seafoam) and as alter ego, unicorn Karl Lagerfeld. Photos by Kristen White. Interview by Rebecca Matus.

The Make Den Maven

Irene Stickney thought she wanted to be a doctor. Then she learned to sew, and there’s been no stopping the fashion designer/bike gang member since.

dandyhorse caught up with the owner of The Make Den to find out how fashion has changed her life.

Who are you?

The daughter of a mathematician and the granddaughter of a Dandy.

How appropriate for this article!

Favourite designer?

There are so many designers! Right now I love digital prints so I’m into Mary Katrantzou but it changes every 5 minutes. I love that I have a love/hate relationship with Karl Lagerfeld. The Alexander McQueen exhibit made me cry. And I wear a lot of vintage, and things I’ve made so that’s outside the whole fashion bubble.

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