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!
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.
This weekend also saw the debut of the new Crucial Pins sponsored / Doublenaut designed Regulators jerseys. Net hotness! Not old and busted!
Lastly; G-D Bless Parkdale.
Itâ€™s a great time to be a bikester in Toronto â€“ its bike month and the cops are a blitzinâ€™ so make sure to keep your traffic violations in check! Not that you shouldnâ€™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 â€œno bellâ€ ticket for good measure if youâ€™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 Worldâ€™s are being held on Toronto Island â€“ 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. Iâ€™m sure that thereâ€™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!
The Bike Film Festival
The 2008 Bike Film Festival is running in Toronto the weekend following the worlds â€“ June 18 â€“ 21. If youâ€™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 itâ€™ll be a ton of fun.
Devil Strip Rollers
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 â€“ apparently a new spot has been found so sprints are back on!
I managed to bruise (or crack or separate â€“ not sure yet) some ribs playing last Tuesday so I havenâ€™t been able to get out and play but that doesnâ€™t mean that you shouldnâ€™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.
For the second year in a row; myself and some of the FHBC took to the highway for the Ride For Heart â€“ 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.
This is Dave and he did the 50k ride on this Victory Cycles ordinary bicycle restoration â€“ apparently he can get this thing moving at about 45k when he decides to but I wouldnâ€™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 Iâ€™d be paying for it if I wrecked it â€“ if I had the $5,000 + to replace it Iâ€™d probably have my own in the first place so I reluctantly declined. I want one soooooo badly. Seriously.
All we do is BBQ!
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Itâ€™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!!!
When I got into work this morning one of my coworkers let me know about a 57 year old cyclist that was killed yesterday (RIP) after receiving the door prize and being knocked into traffic. It’s an extremely sad story that is all too familiar to anyone who regularly rides in the city, although it actually being lethal isn’t necessarily quite as common – thankfully.
What is truly upsetting is the way major news outlets often report these types of stories; with implied blame that leads people to believe that accidents like this are somehow the fault of the cyclist who lost their lives and not those who carelessly, albeit not often maliciously, cause them.
Cyclist dies after hitting opening car door
What the paper said is indeed true; the cyclist hit the door, was flung into traffic and was hit by a cube van. However, they way in which they phrased the piece tells a different story altogether.
How differently do these two headlines read?
1) Cyclist dies after hitting opening car door
2) Cyclist dies after being hit by opening car door
See what I mean? It’s like saying that when I was in highschool I sustained a black eye when my face collided with another young man’s fist. It’s technically true but the fact of the matter is that I got punched out by an insecure, jacked midget who just needed something to hit as a means of asserting his manhood in ways his tiny penis never could.
Poor reporting, as you might expect, gets The Gas Face!
I was pretty bummed a couple of days ago to hear that my old friends in Cursed were robbed while on the tail end of their European tour and have lost basically everything as a result – including their will to continue as a band.
Sad news, indeed, but at this point the only concern should really be helping the boys get home and get back on their feet so for those interested in helping out; Dave, who plays in one of Chris’ other bands (Burning Lovers) has set up a Paypal account to help out the band – click the link below, even a couple of bucks will help.
Cursed Benefit Fund
I popped by Curbside before heading off to meet up with the boys for the DSR Group Ride (raindate, again!) and was pleasantly surprised to see my boy
Dexter Chad and his incredible old Merckx road bike. This brother must have horseshoes hidden somewhere because he seems to end up with the sweetest rides for very little scrilla – I can’t wait to see the Curt Harnett hour record track bike that he might as well have been paid to take!
“Seriously, this guy rode the Paris-Roubaix with his own face on the bike! Ha!”
The ride itself was nice – pretty small (far preferable for me) and pretty short (could have dealt with a little longer) but a great time none the less. If anyone in the city can think of a pretty central location for Sprints (think 300m or so of straight, smooth asphalt) please let me know because we lost our spot last week after a small altercation with the Ontario Place security guards – hopefully there will be something lined up for next week so that we can, once again, go straight… fast.
A little under a year ago I saw the first screen capture from the film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are which looked amazing, which isn’t at all surprising given that it was being directed by Spike Jonze. It was slated for a May 2008 release which would mean that right now I could be watching one of my favorite stories on the big screen but apparently the kindergarten babies at Warner Brothers think that it’s “too scary” and “too dark” for kids so they’ve held it off until sometime next year pending re-shoots – amidst rumors of Jonze being pulled out of the director’s chair entirely.
Apparently these dickheads have never seen The Dark Crystal or Labrynth – terrifying for the kids it was intended for yet some of the most beloved films of our generation. We grew up on that stuff and just look how we turned out!
On second thought…
Tonight on the way home from poker night Aner BSOD #1 saw some sketchy trying to sell an obviously stolen, fairly high end black track bike for $30 on the street.
Being a man of the people, Aner liberated the bike from it’s captor (didn’t pay the scumbag, either) and currently has it in his possession.
If you recently had one stolen get in touch with Andrew or I and give a detailed description – if the bike is yours, it’ll be returned to you.
Edit: In case you hadn’t been reading the comments – the bike’s owner (Matt) was found the same night and had his black beauty returned to his stable.