Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

There is a BIKE SWAP this weekend

March 5, 2009

There is a BIKE SWAP this weekend……buy yourself a new used bike…sell your old one….add a bike to your fleet.

the Details…..
Consignment of goods-Friday March 6 @4-8pm Rutland Senior Secondary

The SALE- Saturday March 7 @10-4 pm Rutland Senior Secondary

Pick up of CA$H or goods-Saturday March 7 @ 4-6pm Rutland Senior Secondary

I will be puting in the Rock -a Billy and the Woody…also a Nirve Island Flower up for taking as well…..come to check them out.

The sale will have road bikes…tri bikes…mountain bikes….cruisers…kids bikes…plus some 08 Deals from your local bike stores participating..


Assume all drivers want to kill you

January 21, 2009

Here is an article about biking in winter from the Montreal Gazette.

Thanks to Dylan in Mtl for the story.

Keep up the good work on your site.

New In Bicycles (NIB)

November 26, 2008

CNN is reporting on a belt driven bicycle. Something to keep the pant legs clean.

Seriously, there is some good news and good stats in this article:

“The U.S. bicycle industry was a $5.4 billion industry in 2007, including the retail value of bicycles, related parts, and accessories through all channels of distribution, according to research funded by the National Sporting Goods Association. More than 43 million Americans age 7 and older were estimated to have ridden a bike six times or more in 2005, the industry group said.”

chainless bicycle

chainless bicycle

Bicycles best invention of 2008?

November 12, 2008

Time Magaine posted a list of their best inventions of 2008 and in the list at number x is the Montreal Bike Share program. It is right up there with the global seed vault!

We hope to see more bicycle related initiatives put forward to help people make the choice to bike to school, work or for fun.

Here is the link:,28804,1852747_1854195_1854146,00.html

Can you guess where this is?

November 10, 2008

Some stores get it and some don’t.
Can you guess where this bike rack is located?

While it is installed perpendicular to the wall allowing access to both sides (Future shop failed that test)
they decided place a Daily Courier paper box right up beside it.

Man that is a bummer.


Stolen Bicycles recovered

July 18, 2008

Toronto police recover hundreds of stolen bicycles

Updated Fri. Jul. 18 2008 5:33 PM ET

Toronto police have recovered hundreds of bicycles that they say were stolen in a large-scale theft operation.

Detectives in 14 Division, in the downtown west side, launched an investigation on Wednesday after a bicycle police planted was stolen.

Police allege the owner of The Bicycle Clinic on Queen Street told a man to steal nearby bicycles with a bolt cutter.

On Thursday, officers executed three search warrants and found the large cache of bicycles, as well as some cocaine and marijuana. Some of the bikes were worth as much as $7,000, police said.

The bikes have been put on display at the police station garage at 9 Hanna St. Those who have had their bikes stolen recently are encouraged to go and view them this weekend, between 10 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

“If you’ve had your bicycle stolen in the last little while, come on down, take a look and see if you can identify one of these as your bicycle,” said Det. Sgt. Ed Roseto said on Friday.

“Bring identification, bring receipts that you might have, pictures of you on the bike, so that we can determine if it’s your bicycle or not.”

Officers will also discussing the service’s online bicycle registration program.

Detectives, meanwhile, say their theft investigation is ongoing.

Police have seen a significant increase in the number of bike thefts this year. So far, there have been more than 4,500 bikes reported stolen.

In the past six weeks alone, almost 100 bikes have been stolen in the west end of the downtown core.

Igor Kenk, 49, and Jean Laveau, 47, have been charged with:

  • Theft
  • Attempted theft
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of burglary tools

The men are in custody pending a bail hearing on Monday.

With a report from CTV Toronto’s Jim Junkin

In case you didn’t know

July 8, 2008

The bicycle, cycle, or bike is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other.

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and now number about one billion worldwide.[1] They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for such uses as children’s toys, adult fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and competitive sports.

From July 8th, 2008.

Bike chain fairy

July 4, 2008

I haven’t mentioned my bikes on this blog before and in keeping with good news stories I should probably mention them.

Don Knox our coalition chair has had in the past many many bikes stored at his place and I was fortunate to receive a Apollo Cobra 10 speed from him. It is an 80s era bike. That was the prime era for my bike riding epiphany. The bike has those down low shifters and the original seat. It does everything I ask of it, even riding no hands. Now I need a classic all styrofoam helmet to go with it.

Recently a bike fairy dropped by and cleaned up my chain. Just like new. I really appreciate it.

My other or back up bike is a Myata 21 speed hybrid bike from ’96. It was my answer for riding on uncleaned roads. I don’t recall getting a flat with the larger tires and it is my regular pannier bicycle for shopping.

I’ll take some pictures and post them sometime.

One less car and two more bikes for the road.


Adventures of Greg – Human powered boat

July 2, 2008

Greg is attempting to pedal his human powered boat ‘Within’ 3000 miles across the Atlantic ocean
in less than 43 days setting a new human powered crossing record.

In the meantime, Greg is building a new boat to challenge kayaker Carter Johnson’s
24 hour human powered boat distance record of 245 km for late July, 2008.

Greg is looking for cycling advice for his record attempt.
If you have any let him know.

Hauling by bike

April 28, 2008

Many times I have thought of having a bike trailer – again. When our daughter was young I hauled her around quite a bit in a bike trailer – one day bringing back some pots of bedding plants (and daughter) from the Mission area into North Glenmore. It wasn’t too bad to haul and enabled big loads to be carried. On another memorable occasion, I was towing it down a moderate hill on Glenmore and swerved the bike to avoid a stick of firewood. One trailer wheel hit the stick, flipping the trailer (and daughter) onto it’s side at a pretty good rate of speed. No one was hurt but we all had nightmares afterwards.

We haul quite a few groceries and books and the like in paniers but at times it would be nice to be able to handle bigger items. Enter the cargo bike. These are big in Europe – take a look at this link for some photos and ideas. I particularly like the three wheeled bike with the child compartment on the front. It looks very secure and the rider can see exactly what is going on in the area of the children.

Here is another link with some photos of what can be done (but maybe shouldn’t) by bike:

The Xtracycle is a bolt on rear for a regular bike that gives it a long wheel base and allows a lot of cargo (kids etc) to be hauled. They look quite interesting as the bike is still nice to ride and yet very handy. More information here:

Tony Hoar, on Vancouver Island, makes trailers that allow for hauling kayaks with a bike. The picture at the top of this page has a cyclist pulling two kayaks:

It is pretty amazing what can be hauled with a bike.