Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bike Fashion

Bikes are becoming fashionable. Before they become strictly "fashion" let's remember to keep some function in there too! Here's some pics from all over the web. What do you think is fashion over function? What about function over fashion? Feel free to email us your pics too or tweet them at us!

This is a VIVA bike and Po Campo handlebar bag       

Bern helmet and Fabric Horse superhero belt
Modrobes Ryding Jacket
 Thanks to Momentum Magazine and Pedal Savvy for the photos. Check out more fashionable cyclists here!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Visitors for Bike!Bike!2010 rode these original Dahon folding bikes from the Buffalo airport. We snapped a few photos of their bikes and improvised racks (made of handlebars!) when they dropped by our shop on Thursday.

We had a bunch of Bike!Bike! participants visiting our store over the weekend. Some got special tours even behind the scenes! Thanks to Bike Pirates for putting us in the program along with great shops like Hoopdriver and The Bike Joint!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

BionX @ Urbane

Hello all, the latest and greatest of pedal-assist cycling systems will be on display at the front of the store today, come in and take a Canadian made BionX outfitted bike out for a test ride.

If you're interested in any of the various BionX systems, visit their website here. A select few BionX packages are usually in stock here, or we can put in a special order for you if you know what you want. (and install it too!)

If you miss(ed) the BionX demo, we always have a BionX bike on the floor ready to test.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

How To "Lock" Your Bike

Securing your bike is about more than just picking a good lock. Here are two videos demonstrating how you should secure your bike.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bixi Comes to Toronto

We need 1000 members to bring the BIXI program to Toronto! Yesterday we did our part by hosting the mobile sign-up unit outside the store.

Those tempted by the BIXI service may choose between the $95/year membership or a $5 credit charge for each use, but the service is meant for trips of 30 minutes or less (which are included with the membership).

As for the bikes themselves, I don't see anyone tackling the Avenue hill as part of a daily routine, but these bikes will be great for a Sunday afternoon ride around Forest Hill or even for a quick errand across town. Can't wait for the first group ride with my friends on a BIXI!
Sign up here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring. –Desmond Tutu

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The History of Brooks Saddles

The age old question : "Why does it hurt my butt when i ride a bike?"

Answers could be:
  1. riding a bike thats too small or too big
  2. riding a bike thats not properly fitted to the you(saddle height, rake and lateral positioning)
  3. riding a saddle thats not suited to your riding position (too wide or thin)
But once those areas have been addressed, some still have that nagging question on their "mind" did I for many years. Finally, I have found a rebuttal to seat ache, saddle sores and bike bruising. It is a saddle that has been made by hand in England since 1882! And even weirder, its made out of LEATHER! Its name... The Brooks Saddle.

While slightly more expensive than a "normal" seats, after a couple hundred kms the saddle begins to mold to your sit bones! thats right - a custom molded seat, bespoke fitted by heat, gravity and a generous helping of Proofide. Till you ride one please excuse those who do, most will probably tell you that they could never go back to anything else. But don't take their word for it, check out the Viva Velo or the Rally One Way at the store.

The Verdict: Brooks Saddles live up to the hype.... personally, i don't see myself buying another seat, and after hearing stories of brooks lasting a life time - i probably wont have to. Check out their video and come into the store to see them in person.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bike Show 2010

We decided to pedal-power our display to the Toronto International Bike Show this year. Here's Reba's set up as she prepared to bike from our location at 180 John St down to the CNE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Velodrome Trip!

A crew of us went to the Forest City Velodrome in London on the weekend for the Track 1 course. Check out our pics!!





The most common bike in their rental fleet is the KHS Flite 100 that we sell at the shop. If you're just looking for the track feel but riding in the city, check out the Masi Speciale Fixed on sale for $600 or the Jamie Beanik also on sale for $600.