Review of Frostbike: New book about winter cycling from Calgary

Is it winter cycling, or just winter? A review of Frostbike by Tom Babin

Story by Jeff Carson

For Tom Babin, writer, journalist and bike blogger, the central question at the heart of his book, Frostbike, seems simple enough: Is winter biking viable? But as he becomes more dependent on his bike for commuting, the more problems he seems to find. From the icy Calgary streets he navigates to work, to the quest for the perfect winter bike, Babin explores the challenges of the season for us lovers of two-wheeled travel.

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Yvonne Bambrick on her new book, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

Yvonne Bambrick holding a copy of her new book, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City, in Pamenar cafe in Kensington Market.

Q&A with new author and cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick

Interview and photos by Jenna Campbell

Yvonne Bambrick’s new book, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City, is a how-to source of information on cycling for all road users. The book includes a section on winter cycling, which was the timely topic of this interview. (Stay tuned for our upcoming full book review.) Bambrick grew up biking in Toronto and was the founding executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union, now Cycle Toronto. She is currently an independent urban cycling consultant, an event photographer, and the executive director of the Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Area. She is also a co-creator of the popular Pedestrian Sunday event in Kensington Market.

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Frozen bike lock? Lube it up! (Or knit a u-lock cozy!)

This is a knitted U-lock cozy by Tennyson Miller, a crafty bike-lover

Frozen bike lock? Lube it up! (Or knit a u-lock cozy!)

By Claire McFarlane

Due to the icy temperatures over the past few weeks, dandyhorse has heard a lot about frozen bike locks; as if Toronto cyclists don’t have enough problems! We decided to speak some local experts to figure out what to do if your lock is frozen and how to prevent your lock from freezing in the first place.

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Bikes On Wheels opens new store on Dundas West

Bikes On Wheels opens new store on Dundas West 

By Claire McFarlane

The Toronto-based bike shop, Bikes On Wheels, recently opened a new store at 1612 Dundas St. West after having outgrown their Queen St. location. It’s a welcome addition for the many cyclists who live, work and play in the west end.

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Milton velodrome set to foster next wave of track cycling talent

Canadian cyclists Katie O’Brien and Monique Sullivan warm up for the Milton International Challenge, presented by Cisco. Photo by Chris Young

National cycling centre provides new training ground for track cyclists
Story by Jeff Carson

There’s a new home for Canadian cycling. Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton won’t just be another venue for the Pan Am Games, it’s poised to house and develop a whole new generation of competitive Canadian cyclists.

The centre was built as part of of the Pan Am infrastructure, and will serve the city of Milton as a community athletic hub, but it was nearly relegated to another expensive, temporary piece of the Pan Am puzzle. Now, with the large, permanent centre open to the public, track cyclists around Canada are excited about the chance to train on home soil

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