This is not your normal winter cycling tip sheet

Tired of winter, missing your bike? Why wait for spring to ride again. Try biking short distances to start: Ride to the subway station and take the TTC for the rest of the trip. That's how I started. One day I just kept going.

Photo of the author in the Honest Ed's alley way by Yvonne Bambrick.

Unusual Winter Riding Tips

by Tammy Thorne

It’s something you’ve been thinking about trying but you’ve been worried: Will it hurt? Will I embarrass myself? Will I get wet and dirty and ruin my favourite pants?

But you know what? Winter cycling is not as hard as you might think.

Just try it– you might like it!

In this spirit, here are some unusual tips that I hope will motivate and serve you well.

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Don’t Fence Me In: ‘Right to Roam’ comes to BC

Photo courtesy of Grant McLean

British Columbia MLA introduces “Right to Roam” Act

By Grant McLean

Having relocated to the Vancouver area from mid-town Toronto last year, one of the experiences I most anticipated was exploring the natural beauty of the Lower Mainland on my bike.   Whenever possible, I search for small roads away from cars, gravel paths, and river dike trails.  I have since discovered picturesque climbs along forest roads, some that wind their way up towards stunning cold water lakes and magical hidden beaches.

Google street view is a friend to the curious cyclist. And yet, sometimes the blue line on the map just stops, halted at a gate or fence where no further access is permitted. Posted signs may warn visitors to keep out.  Stopped in the road, you find yourself unclipped from your pedals, looking around to consider your options.

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Cover Star: Kent Monkman

This weekend marks the end of Kent Monkman's critically acclaimed solo show Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience at the University of Toronto Art Gallery. It's heading west to Calgary to the Glenbow Museum slated to launch in June with subsequent dates booked all the way into 2020. If you haven't seen it already you need to see it. His work is a remarkable exploration of Canadian identity through a post-colonial lens that celebrates and challenges alternative histories and indigenous identities.

But did you know that we've been fans of Monkman's work for a while now? Last summer's ISSUE 13 featured his sculpture: Bull in a China Shop on our front cover. In the editor's note Tammy explained her choice for including his piece:

When I first saw this piece, Bull in a China Shop (2013) - a hand painted earthenware saddle-with-handlebars that reimagines Picassos famous Bull's Head (1942) - I thought it was a thing of beauty.

Kent Monkman is a historic revisionary, viewing the past through the critical lens of a queer first Nations artist with a two-spirited dandy alter ego called Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, or Mich Chief for short. Monkman uses western concepts of sexuality to explore oppression inherent in dominant ideologies and hierarchies. He subverts the so-called Western gaze using mimicry. 

He's long been interested in the idea of and etymology of the "dandy" and what it meant to Aboriginal culture, and has incorporated his finding into his work. Monkman's research into the dandy found references to two-spiritis Aboriginal dandy or berdache - individuals who did not fit gender norms, usually womanly men or men who dressed in 'womanly' clothes - largely documented by painter and ethnographer George Catlin. In Catlin's documentation, and Monkan's retelling, the dance of the berdache was a ritual in which the two-spirited leader of the tribe was worshipped and celebrated. Two-spirit has replace berdache and gender fluidity now has been recognised as being a part of First Nations cultures for venturing. 

Just as two-spiritedness has long been celebrated in First Nations cultures, we at dandyhorse also are proud to celebrate the dandy in us all.

If that's not reason enough to check out his work then I don't know what is?

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Mikael Colville-Andersen: Building City Streets to Move People (on Bikes)

Image courtesy of Ontario Good Roads Association

Mikael Colville-Andersen: Building City Streets to Move People (on Bikes)

Story by Albert Koehl
Photos by Wayne Scott

The dilemma for Toronto’s cycling community was on full display Monday night during a presentation by Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO and founder of Copenhagenize Design Co., and the discussion that followed with Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmat, and Straphanger author Taras Grescoe.

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