Toronto Spring 2018 Bike Show

Toronto Spring 2018 Bike Show

Photos and story by Jun Nogami

This weekend is the annual spring edition of the Toronto International Bike Show at the Better Living Centre on the CNE grounds. As per usual, much of the floor space is given over to dealers who are selling their current inventory of bikes and accessories.


In addition, there are always a range of smaller vendors promoting a wide variety of bike related items or events.

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BIKE MINDS Storytelling Series Episode #2

BIKE MINDS Storytelling Series Episode #2 

Story by Robert Zaichkowski. Photos by David Keogh.

Fellow bike blogger Matt Pinder and transportation researcher Michelle Kearns kicked off the BIKE MINDS bicycle storytelling series last month with a discussion about bikes and belonging. Tickets for the February 21 episode sold out within an hour. Over 50 people packed Fix Coffee & Bikes to enjoy some stories and free beer courtesy of Amsterdam Brewery. Michelle Kearns started by asking, “How can bicycles have an impact on your life?” She noted the speakers brought perspectives on a variety of bike lifestyles - including families, bike sharing, and suburban - and how lucky she is that her job involves studying something she is passionate about.

Michelle Kearns welcoming the audience to Bike Minds (Photo via Robert Zaichkowski)

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From Russia With Love for the Bicycle

Janet Joy on an Electra rental bicycle (Moscow Parade). Photo by Vladimir Barmin.

Winter Cycling Conference

Report from Russia 

By Janet Joy Wilson, co-founder of The Reading Line

When I said I was going to Russia in February,  everyone said, “It’s cold there!”

Yes, it's cold in Russia, but I'm Canadian, and the allure of discussing transportation and health with hundreds of delegates from dozens of countries at the 6th International Winter Cycling Congress in Moscow was why I was there. 

These international leaders from 39 countries were there to discuss how people riding bicycles results in improved health and better transportation.

I have so many notes from this inspiring and extraordinary three days, that this report is truly just the tip of the Russian iceberg.

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New research on winter cycling from Ryerson

Photos by Clifton Li courtesy of Ryerson University.

New research on winter cycling from Ryerson

Raktim Mitra, Associate Professor School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University and Tamara Nahal, Masters of Urban Development program at Ryerson, recently published a research paper called Facilitators and Barriers to Winter Cycling: Case Study of a Downtown University in Toronto, Canada.

They presented the research paper to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) at its annual general meeting in January. The TRB annual meeting is one of the largest conferences on transportation issues in the world with more than 5,000 papers presented to nearly 15,000 attendees who come from across the world. 

The Ryerson-based academics (and cyclists) found that an improved bicycle network could help overcome barriers to winter cycling.

dandyhorse caught up with the researchers to find out more about why they decided to research winter cycling in downtown Toronto, and what they found out.

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Fatbike winter ride in Waterloo

King Street Cycles presents the Hyrdrocut Hustle

Enjoy the cycling trails of Waterloo, great food, and warm up at the region’s premier Fatbike event

To many people, a bicycle is a means of transportation. But that doesn’t change the fact that it is also a fun activity that can challenge you amidst a scenic country backdrop you simply can’t enjoy while sitting behind a steering wheel.

On February 25, 2018, bike enthusiasts from far and wide will converge on Waterloo, Ontario, for the fourth annual Hydrocut Hustle, a fatbike ride through a rustic winter landscape on some of the best off-road trails in southern Ontario.

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