#dandySANTA: Ainsley Naylor of Bike Pirates

Ainsley Naylor at Bike Pirates current location at Bloor and Lansdowne.


#dandySANTA: Ainsley Naylor of Bike Pirates

Photo by Jeff Carson

Bike Pirates is a pay-what-you-can, non-profit DIY shop where people can learn to repair their own bikes with the help of Bike Pirates volunteers. They plan on moving their workshop from their Bloor and Lansdowne location to Parkdale later this month. If you're interested in contributing to the launch of the new Bike Pirates workspace, check out their Indiegogo campaign here.

As a part of our dandy winter cyclist series, we've included Anisley Naylor, a volunteer with Bike Pirates, a mechanic at Urbane Cyclist and an instructor of the Girls and Trans Youth Program at Charlie's Freewheels. Naylor is hoping for a smooth move for Bike Pirates this holiday season
dandyhorse: If you could get a(nother) bike, what would it be and why?
I actually have too many bikes right now! Yes, there is such a thing. However, I am planning to learn to build myself a tall bike (a welded bike made up of two or more regular bikes cut up and re-shaped). I've never done any welding and am excited by the idea of making something of my very own with help from a friend at Bike Pirates. Tall bikes are fun and silly and when you ride one it makes everyone happy who sees you!
Q: What bike lane(s) do you hope dandySANTA will bring for 2015?

The bike lane I have really been excited for is the contra-flow route on Florence Street. It is in my neighbourhood and up the street from the new Bike Pirates space! I use it every single day. I call that route which also includes Waterloo Avenue and Argyle Street the "west end wiggle."

Q: What bike gear do you hope dandySANTA puts in your stocking this year?

This Christmas is all about Bike Pirates for me. I don't need any stuff, but Pirates needs to build a new workshop — and Santa knows a thing or two about building a great workshop! We'd love him to share some of his secrets. A bunch of new tools would be really nice, and pumps that don't die so quickly.

Q: What else do you hope dandySANTA delivers this year?

A good food processor! That's the only thing I would ask for this year. Well, how about two of them, one for me and one for Pirates.

Q: What is your number one tip for winter cycling?

I guess it would be: don't be afraid. Cycling in Toronto can be intimidating, and even more so in the Winter. But it can be easy and fun. Pick the bike and the clothes that work best for you, make yourself visible and learn how to fall. Once you feel OK losing your balance on the ice or snow, it becomes way less scary, I promise.

At dandyhorse, we will be rolling out several more winter cycling Q-and-A’s as we head into the holiday season. As well, we will soon (Dec. 15) announce dandy giveaways with Soulpepper theatre (Win tickets to see The Conjurer) and Steam Whistle brewery (6 gift packs) on social media. Keep an eye out for #dandySANTA.

Related on the dandyBLOG:

#dandySANTA: Kathleen Banville of Urbane Cyclist

#dandySANTA: Shawn Wu of Bikechain

#dandySANTA: Daniel Rotsztain of Charlie’s Freewheels

dandyhorse December newsletter

Bike Spotting Special: Winter duos 2013

Winter cyclist profiles 2014

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