Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

BFF Trailer to feature large cardboard letters riding bikes

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The 2009 Bicycle Film Festival trailer was shot this weekend in Toronto.

BFF Toronto Trailer pic 4

We flew in a director from Italy, Marco Mucig. I just received screen grabs, but I think they are too precious to display publicly until I receive word. But boy-oh-boy it looks real nice. You’ll have to come to the festival to see!!

These cool looking on-site photos by Alex Tran:

BFF Toronto Trailer pic 1

BFF Toronto Trailer pic 2

BFF Toronto Trailer pic 3

My bike is being ridden by the letter “L” in “FILM” in these photos. Haha.

Very crappy guy on a bike

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Yesterday, I was crossing Queen West of Bathurst at the legal crosswalk where the light was green for me and red for cars when some crappy person almost ran me over on a bike while running the red.

That fact alone doesn’t make him a crappy person. What makes him a crappy person is when he turned his head after passing me and called me an idiot. Mean eh? Totally unprovoked. I wasn’t mad and didn’t mouth off when he almost hit me when I had the right of way and he didn’t stop AND THEN he turns around and calls me a mean name? Like, what the heck? Tough guy almost hits a small girl on his bike and it’s his fault and then he’s a jerk about it.

Anyway, I figure he was probably not good at riding his brand new fix gear and was worried he would get his tire caught in the street car tracks and fall and look dumb and his stupid skinny jeans were too tight and he was taking it out on me. Meanie. I bet he has no friends because he’s so disrespectful and not nice to look at.

I called after him to eff off in my high pitched defenseless girl voice but he kept riding of course. Wimp. Made me feel so small. I looked out for him for a little while after that so I could give him a piece of my mind and I imagined him feeling very bad about his meanness after I got through to him, but of course I never saw him again. I didn’t feel bad about it for long though, because that is probably what he wanted.

lights for your bike spokes

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Spoke POV 1Spoke POV 2

Whoa! It’s called Spoke POV. This is so cool eh? I wouldn’t put it on my bike because of weather, clean/simple line and budgetary concerns and also I’m not technically up to the challenge, but whoa it’s neato.

Got these from flickr where people are doing some cool things with these if you want to peruse more.

This guy has a ton of cool ones and he includes animated gifs:

Oil rig and well on spokes!

Bike spokes can be political:

Obama spokes!

Safety in Numbers

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Map of traffic accidents involving cyclists from the Star yesterday:

Bike map

Here’s an informative article from Torontoist about bike accidents here in the city:

[Bicycling safety] requires respect (from both cyclists and motorists), attention (no more drifting into the bike lane while texting), and compromise (wait just two seconds and you can make that turn safely). If we all see other drivers and cyclists as people rather than obstacles in our way as we rush from hither to thither, we’ll all be happier—and safer.

Read it here: The Accidental Cyclist from Torontoist

Andrew Bird riding his bike

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Andrew Bird is awesome and his myspace is here. Watch him talk and ride his bike:

This is pretty badass and work intensive at the same time

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Video shows NY cop shoving cyclist

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

This story from The Toronto Star is worth reading and the accompanying video footage is worth watching.

Slowly but surely, Toronto becomes cool

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Bike culture rolls into the mainstream:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080719.wnoticed19/BNStory/lifeStyle/

It’s tough to be so ahead of the curve, right? Sheesh. Only now is Toronto realizing that bikes are very cool. That’s all anyone talks about lately. What’s next? This just in: People like to watch reality TV! The internet is popular! It is stylish to wear shoes!

Oh well, I’m just glad we’re finally catching on.

Meet my bike

Friday, June 27th, 2008

My bike

Bike, meet the internet. Internet, my bike. It’s a beautiful red 70s vintage fold-up… My autre bike is also amazing but very different. I ride to work and sometimes like to go slow. With my other bike I can never wear skirts or flimsy shoes and it’s just so fast (single speed on a quite high gear ratio) and with an aggressive stance so I thought I would like something a bit more laid back and slow so I can just sit and pedal and not be so intense about the journey sometimes. My new bike is really heavy and it’s got huge fenders and thick tires for riding in all sorts of weather conditions. I still need a super speedy, light, hot bike, don’t get me wrong, but my new one serves other important purposes as well. So please give a warm welcome to my new bike.

BFF going strong

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Check out these pictures on flickr of some BFF BFFs at Joy Ride showing now at the Studio Gallery by local photographer Julian Katz. I can’t emphasize enough that Joy ride is a really special and wonderful collection. Go check it out. Studio is just on the North side of College and and a bit West of Spadina.

The fun continues tonight with screenings at the famous Royal in Little Italy at 7 pm and 9 pm. The program is just awesome. No need to be intimidated if you’re not a hardcore biker or anything. I’m not either, but the movies are just very fun and diverse. There are also screenings all day tomorrow at 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm so I hope to see you there. I just think about all the cool people in Toronto who haven’t caught on to this amazing stuff yet and I feel sad that they don’t know what they are missing. We are at the forefront of one of the largest cultural movements in the world. C’mon guys, get into it already.