Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunset Bicycle

Sunset Bicycle, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Toronto Bamboo Studio

P1060346 Toronto Bamboo Studio, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Zef 'Kraiker's Studio in Kensington Market.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spot The Dfference?

Official City of Toronto Cycling Maps. Top: 2012 - Middle: 2011 - Bottom: 2004. Can you spot the difference? Answer: Sterling Road is no longer a 'Suggested Bike Route' after many years. Why? Here is one likely reason. The Cycling newsletter April 27, 2012 does not mention it either.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bike Parking In the Annex

Photo by Hamish Wilson

West Railpath Toronto

P1060336 Wait For ME!, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Blessing of Bicycles Photos

Update: April 21, 2013 will be the next Blessing of Bicycles at the same place

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blessing of Cyclists Toronto 2012

P1060165, originally uploaded by Martinho.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When No One's Looking

Photo by Hamish Wilson

Bike Blessing April 22

P1060445, originally uploaded by Martinho. 
Photo: Bike Pirates offering free bike fixes at the Bike Blessing in 2011.

Friday, April 13, 2012

3rd Annual Blessing of Bicycles April 22nd

Facebook Event Listing: Free Bike Repair clinic by the Bike Pirates!

Update: April 21, 2013 will be the next Blessing of Bicycles at the same place, same time.

The Cost of the Car

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Custom Job

Custom Job, originally uploaded by LIGHTWORKER 11:11.
By Iris Fraser

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bike Courier vs Car Courier

Cyclists? No, thanks!

"Don't send us anymore activists, don't send us anymore unionists, don't send us anymore cyclists."  Toronto Councillor Doug Holyday on how to clean up city hall and its elected councillors.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bike! Fuck Ford!

P1060031 Bike! Fuck Ford!, originally uploaded by Martinho.

The word on the street.

Bike Pirates Spring Line-up

The DIY bike shop is ever popular!

Bike Theft Alert

Orange Kona with a black basket on the back, flat handlebars, mavic wheels was stolen just now. IF anyone sees it let me know. There is of course a reward for its return. Call me at the Bike Joint - 416-532-6392 please forward to others!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Injured Cyclist Needs Your Help

Susanna Schick (Pinkyracer) was injured very badly by a hit and run driver in LA this week. You can help her by donating to a fund created to pay for her medical expenses: More here at Biking LA:

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Bird Talk: 'Man, you totally crapped on that Mercedes!'

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Top Ten Excuses For NOT Communting By Bike

10. I need my car for work.
Many transportation tasks could be handled equally well if not better on a bike. Meet with your employer and see if your company might not benefit from a more environmentally-friendly image if you conducted your business by bike. Consider that many traditional tasks adapt well to cycling, whether it's police work, meter reading, postal delivery, and so on.
9. I'd have to get up much earlier if I rode my bicycle.
You'd be surprised! Because of traffic in urban areas, cycling generally takes less time than driving for distances of three miles or less, and about the same time for trips of three to five miles. But even if your commute is longer, 30 minutes of extra sleep won't be nearly as invigorating as an early morning ride. You'll arrive at work alert and refreshed. Likewise, your evening ride home should leave you more relaxed since you won't face the aggravation of sitting in rush hour traffic. And you won't have to rush off to an evening work-out to unwind. You'll already have accomplished that! Also, don't forget your savings of time, money (and the environment benefit) when you eliminate visits to the gas pump.
8. I'm out of shape.
 If you leave yourself plenty of time and go at an easy pace, you'll find cycling no more difficult than walking. As you ride more, you'll ease your way into better shape, building fitness that is an integral part of your schedule. If you have health problems, consult your family doctor for suggestions on getting started.
7. I can't afford a special commuting bicycle.
You don't need one. Your old beater bike gathering dust in the garage will suffice if properly adjusted and maintained, and it's less attractive to thieves. If you have a recreational bicycle you can outfit it with a lightweight rack and bag or use a fanny pack to carry necessary commute items. With the fixed cost of operating an automobile at around 30 cents/mile, the money you would save commuting by bicycle on an average 10 mile round trip would buy you a $400 bicycle in six months time. (Not to mention the health benefits or the savings to the environment.)
6. I have to dress nice for work.
Some bicycle commuters simply ride in their business attire – they seem to command more respect from motorists. Most ride in casual or cycling clothes and change when they arrive. You can carry your change of clothes in a pack or in panniers on the bike or even transport them back and forth on days when you don't ride.
5. There's no secure place for my bike.
There is probably a storage room or closet where your bike can be secured behind a locked door. Maybe you can even take it to your office – what a status symbol! Or check and see if parking is available in nearby buildings or garages. Otherwise, fasten it to an immovable object with a U-bolt lock, preferably where you can see it.
4. I can't shower at work.
Depending on the weather, you may not need a shower if you ride at a leisurely pace. If you do, take a washcloth, soap, towel and deodorant and clean up at the restroom sink. Or look for a public facility or health club within walking distance of your workplace where you can shower. Then encourage your employer to install showers where you work.
3. What if it's rainy or cold?
Start as a fair weather bicycle commuter – when the forecast is bad, don't bike. Some people may conquer the elements and commute every day, but it doesn't mean you have to. If you only ride when the weather report is favorable, it will still make a dramatic improvement. The more you enjoy bicycle commuting, the more you'll look forward to your daily ride. You may eventually decide to invest in rainwear and cold weather gear so you can commute year-round!
2. I'd have to ride in the dark.
Wear light colored reflective clothing, use a good lighting system and choose a route that avoids major thoroughfares. There are a variety of bike mounted lights that can help you see and be seen.
1. It's not safe to ride in traffic.
The fear of riding in traffic is often much greater than the actual danger. Minimize risk by riding properly – visibly and predictably. In stop-and-go traffic, a fit cyclist can generally keep up with the traffic flow, so it's acceptable to maintain your place in the roadway. Hugging the curb invites danger as cars try to squeeze past you. To help prevent injury always wear a helmet. You can also reduce the risk of riding in traffic by using less-congested secondary roads. You may travel a few extra kms, but you'll be able to enjoy the ride, a worthwhile trade-off.
Via Arthur Ross, Madison (WI) Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator 1997

Senegalese Bike Tricks

Sunday, April 01, 2012

R.I.P Jarvis Bike Lane

P1110683 R.I.P Jarvis Bike Lane, originally uploaded by Martinho.

Bad Design = Another Sign

Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto. You can avoid conflicts by good design instead of creating it.