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6 City Bikes for Women

Ladies if you’re in the market for a new city bike this summer I suggest
you test ride these step through, vintage-inspired bikes. All of them
are available in Toronto right now.

The things I like to consider are:

1- Back position. I like to have a straight back and be able to see clearly in front of me – This is so important for riding in the city and keeping your eyes on the road..

2- Frame. I like the quick and easy access of a step through frame. It allows you to hop on the side walk and dismount in one quick movement. The angle of the frame and the distance of the handlebars are also key in making you feel in control and comfortable.

3- Speeds. Most of the bikes I’ve listed here are 3 or 7 speed. I personally like the options of having 7speeds but if you’re a single speed woman go for it!

3- Cushy seat. This can always be changed but it is a plus if your new seat has springs or a bit of padding. Remember to adjust the seat height correctly before test riding any bike. It makes the world of difference in the comfort of your ride.

4- Weight. Aluminum frames are lighter.  You may also want to consider the weight of the accessories you add and where and how you may need to carry your bike. If you live in a 3 story walk up and like to keep your bike in your apartment then weight will be of utmost importance.

5 -How you will carry your things. I prefer a rear rack that you can attach a bike basket to. Front baskets really throw off the balance of the bike unless they are  attached to the headtube. A rear rack also gives you the option of using a basket, pannier, crate or simply a bungee cord.

6- Color of course. You’re going to have this bike for a while so choose a color that makes you happy!

7- After you decide to get your dream bike don’t forget to invest in the best lock possible. Abus and Kryptonite are my suggestions. Some locks offer limited insurance so remember to register for it.

Whatever your preference it is always best to test ride a few bikes before buying your baby. As your ride you’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

Norco Cityglide 8speed

 

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S&C Cycles

Satchel Dille-Boyd of S&C Cycles had a serendipitous start to his business last summer.  The bright orange shipping container storefront at Scadding Court on Dundas West between Spadina and Bathurst was offered to him by a family friend the day he lost his job. Last summer he got his first taste of running a business with partner Chase and it went so well they’re back this year.

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They do a lot of flats ($5 tube, $5 labour) and tune-ups (starting at $40). A passion is making custom bikes. They’ve mostly done fixed gear bikes, but are happy to work with your requirements. Just pop over and let them know what you’re looking for and they can help you determine the best bike for your needs (custom bikes starting at $400).

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If your bike is in need of some love stop by. S&C Cycles is open Mon to Fridays from 10am to 7pm and on the weekends they’re open 12pm to 7pm.  They close when it starts to snow.

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Speed Round:

Taxis – inconsiderate

Helmets – necessary

Best cycling city – Toronto

Rob Ford – corrupt

Spandex – love it, though not everyone should wear it

Share Your Biking Wisdom – Thanks to The New York Times

The New York Times has launched an amazing site that crowd sources biking tips from cyclists and maps them. It’s focus is the US but Toronto managed to make the cut. The site is so user friendly it’s hard not to spend ages adding bits of wisdom.

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Thankfully the masses have contributed many suggestions I would have want to share with Toronto cyclists.  Penny put it lightly when she said the north side of Dundas between Spadina and Bathurst has rough pavement – in my travels it might be the worst road in the city – the other day I jammed my wrists falling into a pothole just past Spadina. Two other favorites are the notice that Curbside Cycle has a free air hose in the alley behind their shop and Isaac who warns of police ticketing cyclists at Adelaide. Both very helpful tips.

The site makes you choose your words wisely limiting it to 10 but you can add multiple entries for different locations. Give it a try and let’s help more cyclists get on the road!

http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/06/07/bicycle-routes/index.html#city=toronto

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