#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
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The City’s plan for winter clearance of bike lanes

Plowing of downtown cycle tracks yesterday. Photo courtesy City of Toronto Transportation Services.

Getting down to bare pavement: The City’s plan for winter clearance of bike lanes

Story by Corey Horowitz

The upcoming renewal of the City’s snow clearance contract will allow for the formal inclusion of priority cycling routes for the first time. Up until now, there has been no official council-approved level of service specific to winter maintenance of bike lanes. Recent infrastructure investments such as the Sherbourne cycle track, Richmond-Adelaide bikeway and separated lane on Wellesley all present a timely opportunity to properly address winter service standards for cyclists.

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#dandySANTA: Kathleen Banville of Urbane Cyclist

Banville with the bike she wants for the holidays, The Salsa Warbird, a road racer designed to withstand gravel roads. 


#dandySANTA: Kathleen Banville of Urbane Cyclist

Story and photos by Jenna Campbell

Since opening in 1997 as a bicycle repair shop, Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op has grown into becoming one of the “most cycle-friendly hubs in downtown Toronto,” as described on their website. The shop carries many premium bikes including their own brand, Urbanite.

As a part of our dandy winter cyclist series, we’ve included Kathleen Banville from Urbane Cyclist who had some great gift ideas for the “cyclist who has everything.”

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Pedal-powered chocolatier has big plans

ChocoSol coffee

Pedal-powered chocolatier has big plans

Story and Photos by Jeff Carson

The small electric-assist motor attached to the front wheel of Chocosol’s orange, surprisingly sleek, front-end-loading cargo bike is the last of the many custom features mentioned by Mathieu McFadden Chocosol’s chief wholesale and market animator. He points out the “pedal assist” mechanism grudgingly. He doesn’t want anyone to think that adding a motor to a bike takes away from the authenticity of Chocosol’s commitment to cycling.

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