Jul 23, 2014
Ah, the dog days of summer. Time to pack up the car, head North or wherever and clear your head over ice cold drinks and good company. But, chances are good you'll need to escape even the best of company. Those country roads and forest trails beckon you to unwind and re-energize. We've selected five great Raleigh bikes to either take with you on holiday, or for a Toronto stay-cation.
Jul 17, 2014
Dear Bicycle Industry,
We think you probably owe us at least one pair of pants. Or at least, several gallons of laundry soap. In our visions we see ourselves gliding through Toronto like we were in Copenhagen, dressed as though we are off to a dinner-party, but instead we're taking a taxi. A taxi doesn't spray oil all over our clothing, but for some reason our bicycles do. A visit to a recent bike store revealed that it's not our bike that's the problem, but rather the cyclist! Apparently, even on five minute trips to the grocery store we're supposed to dress like a spandex superhero. Riding a bike requires a change of clothes? No wonder people are still paying for such high priced gasoline.
Jun 16, 2014
With the enormous construction projects, or lack thereof, on our roadways, we have come to require more civilized modes of transport. Never mind the decrease of four lanes to two on the Gardiner Expressway or the 401 being bungled up due to overflow from said construction, the modes of commuting into town are certainly limited, with one exception; The Go Train. It has been a formidable way for the fine folks living outside the city core to come into the city for work.
"Oh, but the Go Transit station is too far from my house to walk and my office is too far as well", you may challenge. And yes, we admit, trains can't get you door to door. This is what Transportation experts call the problem of the Last Mile. Owning a car to drive to the Go Station and taking a Taxi from the Station to work ends up being just as expensive and time consuming as driving. There is a solution, and it's fun.
Jun 05, 2014
Winters like the winter of 2014 are enough to leave Torontonians with weather-inflicted PTSD. So, why on earth would we post pictures of snow-covered bicycles as the sun finally embraces our poor defrosting skin? This is not an act of cruelty, it's a pitch for the best city bike we've seen.
May 15, 2014
After the first few crazy weeks of spring we are taking this Monday May 19th off to go riding.
Have a happy and safe long weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday.
Apr 16, 2014
While many shops will close this Good Friday, we know that your bicycle still needs some TLC. We'll be here from 12pm to 5pm to help you get ready for the weekend.
Mar 24, 2014
After years of importing European city bikes we discovered that European city bikes are essentially locavore - regional solutions to regional problems. And, like anything locavore, that meant that there was little uniformity or universality in the solutions proposed. That meant we either got bikes that were simply too heavy or too light, too modern or too antique, and in all cases, far too expensive. Perhaps products reach some sort of universality when they arrive in the great melting pot of North America, we don't know - but we knew we needed a North American solution, and certainly something to appeal to the vast throngs of newly converted city cyclists.
Mar 10, 2014
With our new repair shop renovated and ready to go and Spring right around the corner, bring your bike in RIGHT NOW to beat the rush, and save some bucks! Our legendary mechanic Eli is knocking $10 off the price of tune-ups and 10% off any parts until the end of March! Current turnaround times are 3-4 days, excluding weekends.
Feb 03, 2014
Ah renovations, they indeed take three times as long than expected. It's been three long weeks since we've last opened - and I suppose we're thankful its been so cold - in which time we've built a new repair shop on our second floor (adding a fourth mechanic and more storage), re-routed an HVAC system, installed some lighting, exposed some brick walls, some great steel I-beams and built some new shelving to accomodate stock. The store is far more open and bright. We're not remotely finished (we still have a ton of fixtures to move in, which is our coup de grace), but the dust has settled and we're good enough to open. Thanks for your patience!
Jan 14, 2014
Our store beautification project is underway and we will need to be closed for the rest of this week.