Rennick: R.E.Loaded {5}

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I like stuff. The only thing I like more than stuff I already have is getting new stuff. With that said, I had a really hard time holding back this weekend when I visited the R.E.Load booth at the CMWCs – not to mention all the nice stuff that Pac and Under The Weather brought with them.

Fortunately for my wallet; I’m very happy with my Metro, Sultan & Swinger so I couldn’t justify any of the pricier items but I did get my grubby little hands on this little tool roll-up from R.E.Load. It’s no secret that I like to carry an often unnecessary amount of tools with me when I ride so it’s nice to have a good means of keeping them organized without taking up too much space in the matryoshka doll that my bag is becoming.

R.E.Load Pro Tool Pouch

R.E.Load Pro Tool Pouch

I swore up and down that I wasn’t going to spend all my free time building bikes / doing fixed & ss conversions like I did last year but I’m already off to a bad start with Demarco’s old Nishiki here!

Nishiki Conversion

It went together pretty smoothly with one exception; the chainline would only line up if I used the 42 tooth ring and 42/16 is a little too light for a single speed with a freewheel IMO so I had to move the 52 to the inside of the spider which meant removing ancient / rusted bolts that probably haven’t been touched in 20 + years – always a good time.

Nishiki Conversion

Nishiki Conversion

Once we do something about that saddle so Demarco isn’t being raped anally* every time he goes for a ride this puppy will be ready to roll!

Nishiki Conversion

*Then again…

CMWC 2008 {7}

For the first time in 13 years, Toronto played host to hundreds (thousands?) of messengers and other bike-minded people from near and far for the Cycle Messenger World Championships. Despite the weather, it was an amazing weekend and I feel very fortunate to have met folks from all over the world; Canada, US, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, England, etc.

I want to extend a big thanks to Leah, Sam, Mark, Emory, Shane, Jivago and everyone else who put in countless hours and made sure that this would be a weekend to remember for years to come. You did an amazing job and should be incredibly proud of what you’ve accomplished here.

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Note the empty Beer Garden. Messengers love to drink, don’t they? Well, generally speaking yes but $7 for a little glass of Steamwhistle at an event that Steamwhistle sponsored? Um… yeah.

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Polo
One of my favorite events of the weekend was definitely the Bike Polo. I wasn’t able to play (or I guess didn’t want to) after I bruised (or separated, or cracked) a few ribs playing polo a few weeks ago but I definitely made it a point to watch as much as possible. Some of the best bike polo teams in North America came out and let it all hang out on the court.

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I’d have uploaded the pics from the Trackstand / Backwords Circle events but lets face it – neither event makes for very cool photos. The Tobra Snake, who wasn’t even registered, came in 2nd in the Trackstand comp and Jimbo & Ali battled it out in the Backwards Circle comp with 112 & 113 circles each respectively.

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U Lock / Polo Mallet Launching? Totally Safe! Giddy Up!

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Toby & Tofu GoGoGo For A Swim!

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Skids & Tricks
While watching the Polo final Emory, who I’d been talking with about the tricks competition came over and let me know that we were going to be doing the comp right after skids which was about to take place and that I’d be MCing the event. I had worked up enough nerve (read: liquid courage) to actually stand in front of all these folks and do the damn thang when the rain hit harder than it had all weekend and wouldn’t let up at which point the skids & tricks events had been canceled and the awards ceremony was moved to Sneaky Dee’s later in the evening. It was an unfortunate end to a fantastic weekend but even being dumped on all day couldn’t truly tarnish the great time had by all.

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Well, great time had by all except this guy…

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To quote Miyako: “This is a little bit gay!”

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Sean Killen: Man Of The People

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Sean Killen: Annoyer Of Euro Messengers

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Cycle Messenger World Championships 2008

CMWC 2008 – Obligatory Bike Pr0n {1}

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Go Straight Fast! {2}

With the World’s now well under way and the BFF one week away the DSR Go Straight Fast! series really picked up steam this week with a great turnout and fantastic prizes courtesy of Sean & Sarah of the Bicycle Film Festival.

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Our boy Cameron Hildebrandt cleaned up nicely with The Tobra Snake and Tom “The Hardest” Mosher rounding out second and third. Good rippin’ boys! In a total upset Mark received a serious spankin’ from two lovely young ladies in the cruiser class. For shame, brother. For shame!

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The Beach Is That ‘a’ Way {0}

The boys and I got together last night and went for a good rip out to the Beaches and while shooting along lakeshore, who should emerge from the darkness other than Chad who was out training for some upcoming races? I should have known that he was close at hand when I heard the barking in the distance.

It Ain’t Where Ya From {1}

We’re in the middle of a thunder storm right now, hot off the tail of a Tornado warning from last night so looking at these pics from the weekend makes me super happy. It was a real scorcher but I’ll take too hot over too cold any day!

Trinity Bellwoods Park

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Trinity Bellwoods Park

Curbside had themselves a little summer clear out sale and Killen and I scored some clipless shoes for $10 a pair – I nearly bought about 10 other things I didn’t need because they were cheap but fortunately my buyers remorse is extra strong these days. Like my poppa always says, I’m going to go broke saving money.

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Sean Killen - Lake

Whirl A Bell

This weekend also saw the debut of the new Crucial Pins sponsored / Doublenaut designed Regulators jerseys. Net hotness! Not old and busted!

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Lastly; G-D Bless Parkdale.

Parkdale - Stay The Fuck Out!

Hot Time! Summer In The City! {4}

It’s a great time to be a bikester in Toronto – its bike month and the cops are a blitzin’ so make sure to keep your traffic violations in check! Not that you shouldn’t be anyway but while blowing that stop sign at an empty intersection may be totally safe, the cops will slap you with a nice big fat fine and give you a “no bell” ticket for good measure if you’re not careful. Of course you could always just not ride like an asshole and put a bell on your bike but where’s the fun in that?!

The Cycle Messenger World Championships
This is going to be huge! The World’s are being held on Toronto Island – June 13-16 and messengers and other bike minded people are going to be converging on the city for 3 days of bikes, beer and bruises. I’m sure that there’ll be a ton of parties and other events going on over the weekend so be sure to check out the website to keep yourself in the loop!

CMWC 2008

The Bike Film Festival
The 2008 Bike Film Festival is running in Toronto the weekend following the worlds – June 18 – 21. If you’re not all biked out from the weekend before there will be a ton of bike related events centered around the festival and if last year is any indication it’ll be a ton of fun.

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The Wednesday night group rides are still going strong and growing. The website is a good source of bike related info around the city that will grow as the community does so be sure to check it out and contribute in any way you can! As far as the DSR Go Straight Fast series is concerned – apparently a new spot has been found so sprints are back on!

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Bike Polo
I managed to bruise (or crack or separate – not sure yet) some ribs playing last Tuesday so I haven’t been able to get out and play but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t! Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at either Trinity Bellwoods or Scadding Court. If you are the Book of Faces join the T.O. Bike Polo group to keep up.

Bike Polo Toronto

Get On The Sidewalk! You Animals! {7}

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Ride For Hate 2008 {6}

Freedom Haters Bicycle Club

For the second year in a row; myself and some of the FHBC took to the highway for the Ride For Heart – it would have been nice if more could have made it out but due to travel, work schedules and one of us living in the UK some had to give the ride a pass but we hated some serious freedom (and some headwinds) for our homies that had to sit this one out.

Even with our pretty lax fundraising efforts we managed to raise a little over $1400 for The Heart & Stroke Foundation and we got to hit the road for a nice little 50k ride with some old friends and make some new ones. Thanks to everyone who chucked in a couple of bucks and thanks to those who came out to ride.

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This is Dave and he did the 50k ride on this Victory Cycles ordinary bicycle restoration – apparently he can get this thing moving at about 45k when he decides to but I wouldn’t want to take a spill on that thing at any speed, much less at that speed. He was kind enough to offer to let me ride it but made no bones about the reality that I’d be paying for it if I wrecked it – if I had the $5,000 + to replace it I’d probably have my own in the first place so I reluctantly declined. I want one soooooo badly. Seriously.

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Lights From Paradise {4}

I got ol’ Percy in the stand for a little TLC this weekend after a long winter and he’s lookin’ pretty fancy and running a little smoother.

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Supercycle Made In England

I had the afternoon off on Friday so I popped by Curbside to hang out with the boys until Sean got off.

I took this here shaft driven Biomega around the block and it’s a real treat to ride. The internally geared 8 speed hub switches gears more seamlessly than any geared bike I’ve ever ridden and the responsiveness of the shaft drive is really incredible.

Biomega Curbside

Biomega Curbside

“Hey Eric, does the shaft drive work like a piston?”

“Yeah, kinda, but more like a shaft drive…”

I also took out this Nihola 3 wheeled utility bike (and nearly crashed it) and it’s also a lot of fun to ride. If I had one of these I’d probably set it up as a mobile BBQ / Party Unit – so ill!

Chad’s stable continues to be very impressive – the latest jewel is this here insanely overbuilt Kurt Harnett pursuit frame that he scored for next to nothing.

Thanks to Mark Pesci for getting Sean & I in to see one of my favorite local bands, Quest For Fire who are continuing to blow my mind – I can’t wait for the record which should be released mid-July. Little bummed, though, they didn’t play my favorite jam.

We headed out to Scarberia again this weekend bright and early to help Spark with his home reno project and I managed to pick up a flat on the way so we hopped on the subway and I was given the challenge of fixing it before our stop – come on now! Do you have any idea how many of these I’ve changed by now?! I’m a tire changing champeeeeeen!

This is what my shirt looked like after painting the ceiling – you should have seen my skin / hair. It’s been 3 days and 4 showers and I still haven’t gotten it all out!

Have You Seen Me? {2}

I just received this email from a dear friend of my boss’ who is currently living in NYC.

“My dad pretty much JUST fixed up his beautiful old bike and it got stolen in downtown toronto. He’s the cutest 65 year-old ever and he’s pretty much devastated. I’ve attached pictures here and his description:

This is what i created. A nice criterion frame, brakes, headset, crank and bottom bracket campy nuovo record, seat post, as I just found, is now a real desirable item, nice wheels with track high hubs.”

If you see this bike anywhere let me know ASAP – please and thank you.

We are 138! {1}

Two weeks in a row bad weather has plagued The Missfits (didn’t stop them from spanking both teams!) but tonight (Wed) is supposed to be nice, sunny and relatively warm so if you’re in the area please feel free to swing by Trinity Bellwoods (North Diamond) at 8:15 8:30 and support our gals.

Word up.

Polo Anyone? {6}

Last night, shortly after making fun of someone else for not being able to install their own chainring bolts, I had a dose of karma slapped back in my face as the new bolts I installed on the weekend (too short) made their way loose. I tightened a few times on the way home from dodgeball and even still was missing one (and close to missing a few others) by the time I got home. Yikes!

Tonight I made my way out to meet up with the Bike Polo T.O. crew and spent a few hours on the court – first at Trinity Bellwoods and then over to Alexandra Park as they have the lights on until 11. For anyone interested in playing, the group meets Tuesdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00. It’s a hell of a lot of fun but don’t forget that you can get hurt so make sure to bring a helmet if you’ve got one and be ready to take a spill or two. I only went down hard once and I think I’m going to be nursing some serious bumps and bruises come morning – I hope I heal in time for the ride this Sunday!

Warning: Toxic Spiders! Again! {1}

It was a beautiful weekend here in Toronto and I finally had a chance to get out for a decent little ride with Aner to Tommy Thomson Park out on the Leslie Spit.

We regulate any stealing of his property
And we damn good too
But you cant be any geek off the street,
Gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean, earn your keep!
Regulators!!! mount up!

W.W.R.D.A.D? {10}

My girlfriend is a genius. Now, I’d like to consider myself fairly handy but I definitely rely on having the right tools and the right set of circumstances to be able to pull things off. When I went to install a new chandelier (sweet garage sale score!) at my lady’s place I found that a) there was old wiring and no junction box and b) the threaded rod that the chandelier wiring runs through was too long so when you threaded on the fixture itself it pressed the wiring into the ceiling; cutting the wire, shorting out the circuit and making me look even more inept than usual.

A little back story here; I was helping my good friend Sparkles: Professional Male Model with a little home restoration and when we took the ceiling down we found some 1966 porno, some old cigarette packs and a book entitled “A Boy For Hire” – yeah, it’s exactly what you think. So sexy!

Anyway, we were free to take a few of things from the house and one of the things that I left with was an old style bread knife for single slicing. When my lady realized that she didn’t have a hacksaw (she had the blade but no saw) a huge lightbulb went off in her head and she suggested that we convert the bread slicer into a hacksaw to cut that rod! At first I bocked at the idea a little but I’ll be damned if it didn’t work like a charm!

That’s some serious MacGuyver shit right there!

The light was installed and my manly usefulness was restored! Hopefully she’ll keep me around a little longer.

2008 Ride For Hate {6}

Freedom Haters Bicycle Club

It’s only a week away and I have been incredibly, incredibly lazy on the fund raising front but again this year myself and the Freedom Haters Bicycle Club are going to be doing the 50k Ride For Heart and could use your help in our fund raising efforts! Every dollar counts so if you’ve got one (or ten) to spare please Sponsor Me.

Last year’s ride was a total blast so if you’re interested in joining up and doing the ride with us, just go to http://www.rideforheart.ca and during the registration process you’ll be asked if you’d like to “Join a Group or Corporate Team” – select that option and then select Freedom Haters Bicycle Club from the drop down menu – hopefully we’ll see you there!

BBQ @ my crib after the ride!!!