Editor’s Note: Winter cycling is fun for everyone!

Winter cycling is fun for everyone.

And so we decided to do a fun winter issue that shows that everyone is doing it!

Riding a bike is an everyday activity for countless all over the world, and since winter has been so mild here in Toronto, well, it seems like it’s time we realize the bicycle is, and always has been, a year-round pursuit with the potential to improve cities’ transportation systems. Congestion not only chokes productivity in cities, it costs lives.

We’ve still got a lot to do to make the bicycle a priority in our city – but every one of you who is out there biking right now is helping to send a message to the decision makers that infrastructure investments to help make cycling safer would be money well spent: you are also showing that cycling is a viable part of our transportation system.

And there sure are a lot of us out there!

This past December we completed our second readers’ survey with a gift giveaway. More than 500 dandies responded positively and within your answers we found a common trend: many of you are all-season cyclists. We got great feedback for our dandy bike magazine both online and in print ~ so we’ve got a lot to do! We’ll be adding some new dandy social media channels in 2012 as well as launching our dandy newsletter next month.

This first web winter issue of dandyhorse magazine is just a taste of what we hope to do for you online in the years to come.

We’re just one year old at dandyhorsemagazine.com and so far SO dandy! Thank you for supporting dandyhorse.

Our web statistics tell us we’re getting lots of action from all over the bike-o-sphere. We’re still representing Toronto on two wheels but we’re now using our new, improved web product dandyhorsemagazine.com to move beyond Toronto to look at what other cyclists are doing across Canada and further afield.

That’s why for our first winter web issue we’ve pumped up our Bike Spotting to go across Canada and beyond for the first time with samplings from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and more (and more to come!)

We asked cyclists as far away as Scotland what they wear for their winter cycle and found out, there’s no bad weather, just the wrong clothing as far as year-round rides go.

And what do I wear?

Photo by Leila Kent

Cashmere. I find two cashmere sweaters (over my shirt and under my wool jacket) do the dandy trick quite nicely. In fact, doubling up is a good motto: I also wear two scarves (this season: one argyle cotton blend in red and grey, and one woolen plaid), and often two sets of gloves and two hats (one skinny toque under the larger floppy eared, chin-strapped classic.) My winter jacket is a long grey wool jacket from the Hudson’s Bay classics line (with a delightful plaid pattern on the wool lining) and I wear black, faux fur lined Sorel boots when the weather gets slushy and interactive. Otherwise I have wool plaid Converse (I’m mad for plaid!) that I call my ‘winter sneakers’ for those milder days.

And this winter in Toronto has been so mild – and rainy – that I found it useful to always carry my old MEC shell and a cycling cap with peak (perfect to put under my winter hat)… but usually wool will keep you dry enough.

But my best accessory by far: Lights!

Besides the obvious winter riding tips: layer your clothing and equip your bike with fenders, you must definitely light up!

That is why we decided to focus on the idea of making sure you get noticed: with fabulous fashion shoot with long-time dandy photographer John Lee and Thieves boutique using the amazing one-of-a-kind Chandelier bike built by local artist/cyclist Mark Charlebois.

At dandyhorse we believe style doesn’t have to suffer to enjoy your winter ride.

We also tell the story of the first ever Sweaterbike – a Toronto classic; a tale of hand-knit sweaters and velo love.

With much more bike love and lovely bike styles inside!

So, without further adieu: ANNOUNCING dandyhorse Winter 2012!

Be dandy! Ride safe!

Editor-in-Chief, Tammy Thorne

P.S. Our winter issue poster art and this adorable drawing above is by new dandy contributor Jody Hocs. Download the poster here.

P.P.S. Don’t forget about our new dandy newsletter! Sign up for a round up from the dandyBLOG ~ with the dandiest bike news all in one place, once a month! Sign up today at: dandyhorsemagazine.com/newsletter

Psst! See you in the spring with our special youth employment issue just in time for Bike Month in Toronto.

Winter Web Issue

Tammy Thorne

Duncan Hurd

Dana Lacey, Steve Brearton

Randy Chung

Leila Kent


Todd Aalgaard, Rebecca Baran, Félix Bowles, Steve Brearton, Kristen Bromilow, Dr. Chris Cavacuiti, Sasha Cavacuiti, Sarah Chan, Molly Crealock, Emily Cronk, Meagan Cronk, Sonja den Elzen, Adam Flint, Danny Gilbert, Fiona Gilbert, Michael Hall, Sam Iverson, Dana Lacey, Véronique Lavoie, John Lee, Raffaella Loro, Herb Mathisen, Janet Morton, Dave Murray, Manny Perez, Nathalie Pellegrinelli, Cindy Peterson, David Peterson, Heather Reid, Martin Reis, Simone Rivers, Jamie Rosenthal, Risa Sargent, Chris Simonen, Tammy Thorne, Tyler Wade

Tammy Thorne
tammy @ dandyhorsemagazine.com

Duncan Hurd

dandyhorse magazine is published by Dandyhorse Media Inc.


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Enter the dandyhorse

The bicycle may have revolutionized transportation and contributed to improved manufacturing processes, better roads, women’s emancipation and the growth of consumerism, tourism and professional sport, but for many cyclists it is the bicycle’s inescapable public presence that makes it so irresistible. So it was, when early in the 19th century the pre-curser to the modern bicycle arrived in London, England and one unduly fashionable and flamboyant group saw the invention exactly for what it was: an opportunity to look fabulous in public. When dandies first appeared in London parks and boulevards they could barely propel themselves along due to public excitement over their transportation. Nearly two centuries later, bicycles are truly ubiquitous, but cyclists still cut a dashing figure and prove the adage; it is better to be seen than heard. ~ Steve Brearton

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