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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Bike Lane Dig Out Saturday February 16

Dundas St E looking west at Curzon St February 15, 2019. Photo credit: Michael Holloway, Ward 14 Bikes
You're Invited to the East End Bike Lane Dig Out
Meet this Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at the SW corner of Dundas and Jones
Do you want the city of Toronto to do a better job clearing snow out the bike lane?
Come join other community members in front of the Jones Branch of the Toronto Public Library at 1 p.m. this Saturday, February 16, 2019 - that's tomorrow! - for a "dig out" of one of the city's most popular east end bike lanes.

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dandyhorse newsletter is here with a look ahead in the bike lane

The dandyhorse newsletter has arrived.

Our dandy newsletter recaps what we've been up to at dandyhorse for the last little while. This new year edition recaps our 2019 look ahead and our 2018 tally of bike lane installations. (Spoiler alert: There wasn't much to report on... unless you consider "more delays" as new news out of city hall.)

Please note that the dandy newsletter is now more of a quarterly publication instead of monthly. You can sign up here to get dandy news delivered right to your inbox.

To see past dandyhorse newsletters you can go to: dandyhorsemagazine.com/newsletter

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A look at snow clearance in Toronto’s bike lanes

Snow clearance in the bike lane

End of January 2019 report

Words and pictures by Jun Nogami

This past Monday and Tuesday, Toronto was hit with the biggest single snowfall of the 2018-2019 winter season so far. The city's stated policy was to prioritize snow clearance on several bike routes in the downtown area. Given that it has been two days since the storm, we decided to take a look at how the city has been doing in keeping a few of their designated bike routes clear and safe.

First up, the Bloor bike lane.

Here, below you can see that although the bike lane has clearly been plowed, there is some snow present, and the car traffic lane is totally clear and looks more inviting.

A little further east, the bike lane starts looking impassable in sections. Continue reading

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