Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

Greatest gift to myself

Friday, August 6th, 2010

One of the best things in the whole world is riding a bike home in the summer after a great night. I live pretty far away from everything now, but if I can, I will always take that lone, long ride through the city. I cannot think of many things that feel better than that. When I’m old and overweight with 4 kids living in the suburbs (gosh, hopefully that will never happen, though I joke) I will always remember living in Toronto and riding around the city and be so very glad I took advantage of the roads and my bicycle. Really awesome moments I get to live everyday. Also, thank you Toronto for the Jarvis bike lanes which help me get home safe.

Michou rides bikes!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I like this simple, cute video that’s fun to watch. Thanks to Jeff for sending it to me this morning.

Living and Saying

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

No more big talking for me. Just you wait til 2010.

In the meantime, a list of five interesting things I’ve seen in the past week to ring in the holidays. I’m going to try to hit on as many of my categories as possible in this one:

  1. Thursday morning “Things I wish I could pull off”: Woman in her early-forties tending to her 8 Tamagotchis while she waited for the bus.
  2. Friday night x 2 “Religion and then birthdays”: Went to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and saw ancient pieces of parchment on a triple date (geeky) and then my friends took over the Central for a most fun Birthday Three-Way – Cutebarf, Lady Parts, and one half of the Slow Clap performed.
  3. Monday night “Local celebrity sighting”: Nikki Payne and this actor who is in a million commercials chatting together on my subway car from Keele to Spadina.
  4. Tuesday evening “Wacky bike”: This guy in covered recumbent bike on Queen East near Church. I really wish I took a picture cause I can’t find anything like it on google. It was literally a stainless steal pod low to the ground with a little head and helmet sticking out the top – awesome.
  5. Tuesday night “Just a concert”: Arkells at the Horseshoe – twas a great and free show. Looking forward to many shows there in January too. Horseshoe always kills it.

And sticking with my arts and craft mandate, I just saw this internet-wise (which doesn’t count for my list) which I think is awesome:

Knitted caps and beards

Buy them here: http://www.beardhead.com/

Make sure you check out the mix-and-match mustache add-ons in different styles and colours.

Toronto cyclists go out of their way to show love to good drivers

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This is an awesome campaign idea to address the weird but totally present animosity between cyclists and drivers. I like the idea of cyclists putting in the effort, because we’re nice people. It strikes me as a little bit suck-uppy for things we should expect drivers to do anyway, but you know what? We can drop our pride for the good of everyone and raise awareness in a way that doesn’t make people defensive. PR-wise it’s pretty frickin brilliant, you think?

Read the Now article on the campaign…

The Cyclist Who Drew Toronto

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Watch the totally cool video below and read the Torontoist article:

Bicycle Film Fest Opening: Do Make Say Think

Monday, August 10th, 2009

So Make Say Think

The Bicycle Film Festival presents Bikes Rock! with Toronto’s Do Make Say Think. Evening Hymns and another special guest will join them in a very special evening at Polish Combatants Hall (206 Beverley St) @ 9 pm. This party time is ALL AGES, babies.

Tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/76392, Soundscapes (572 College Street) and Rotate This (801 Queen West).

The BFF is August 19-22!! It is a celebration of cycle culture through art, music and film. See the full program at: http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/?p=toronto

Do Make Say Think:
http://www.myspace.com/domakesaythink

Evening Hymns:
http://www.myspace.com/eveninghymns

Stolen bike recovered through covert ‘bike strike’

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

This article in Spacing will make you so very happy.

stolen bike recovered

BFF ‘09 Trailer

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

BFF Bike Month Film Night Thursday

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Celebrate Toronto Bike Month with a special presentation of films presented by the Bicycle Film Festival and CineCycle.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 8:00pm

CineCycle @ 129 Spadina

BFF and CineCycle poster

Rare! films projected by Martin Heath

New! films by Benny Zenga to live music accompaniment by Nif-D + Melons

Live! projection by Super 8 guru John Porter

Unseen! new Super 8 film “Ground Zero” by Nicholas Kovats, a glimpse into the epicenter of cycle courier culture in Toronto

***ALL LETTERS IN THE BFF TRAILER ARE ON THE GUEST LIST***

BFF 2009 Trailer

Benny Zenga film

Where Are You Go – Trailer

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Benny posted this on his facebook yesterday. Check out the trailer for the film he made (with help) that looks absolutely incredible. I believe it’s premiering at the Bicycle Film Festival this year. Blurb below the video:

Four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town South Africa is not your typical African safari.

En route with the Tour d’ Afrique, the world’s longest bicycle race and expedition, the Zenga Bros. (CAN) and Brian Vernor (USA) make light of this physically daunting trip by sharing a universal love of the bicycle with Africa’s roadside mechanics, sporting racers, and innumerable curious strangers.

Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean.

Where Are You Go captures the 7,000 mile expedition as a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is a testament to the endurance of human curiosity.