Bike Lock Review: What’s Pretty, What’s Practical and What Really Works

The TiGr Titanium Bow-Lock can easily be strapped to the top bar of your bike for transportation.

Bike Lock Review: What’s Pretty, What’s Practical and What Really Works

By Claire McFarlane

When it comes to bike locks, it’s hard to figure out which ones best suit your needs and which ones are the most functional, especially without being able to try them out first. So, I decided to do the legwork for you. I test drove three locks that are new(ish) to the market, the Knog Party Combo, the ABUS Bordo and the TiGr Titanium Bow-Lock to figure out if these unconventional designs have any advantages over their traditional, and much-trusted, U-lock counterparts.

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dandyARCHIVE: Dean Baldwin’s Useless Locks from issue one

Useless Locks by Dean Baldwin (2004)

dandyARCHIVE from issue one ~This article first appeared in dandyhorse in 2008. ~

Dean Baldwin is a Toronto-based artist who was ticketed in October 2007 for operating an unsafe motor vehicle while “driving” the “Shared Propulsion Car” created by artist Michel de Broin from a 1986 Buick Regal. The charges were dismissed this spring and he now has a very nice court sketch of himself.

He is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. Photography “Useless Locks” by Dean Baldwin (2004).

NOTE: This is only a section of – a detail from – a much larger photographic work by Baldwin.

~This article first appeared in dandyhorse issue one, in 2008. ~

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dandyARCHIVE: Heels on Wheels with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

Councillor McMahon at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market in her ward, Beaches-East York. Photo by Molly Crealock

This post was originally published on the dandyBLOG on September 6, 2012.

Councillor McMahon was recently involved in a car accident on Sunday July 27 as she was riding down Woodbine Avenue and crossing Gerrard Street. The driver, whose name has yet to be released by police, has been charged with careless driving after hitting McMahon, throwing her off her bike and leaving her lying in the middle of Woodbine.

“We can’t push those separated bike lanes enough…we have to be mindful of all users,” she said in a recent National Post article.

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Bike Spotting on Augusta: What is your favorite part of summer biking in Kensington?

Bike Spotting on Augusta: What is your favorite part of summer biking in Kensington? 

Interviews by Claire McFarlane

Photos by Alex Chronopoulos

As we hit the peak of summer, we decided to get out and ask people what they love about biking in one of Toronto’s trendiest neighborhoods, Kensington Market.

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