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Toronto, a city of bike builders
From old-time fave CCM to the bespoke quality of Cervelo

The first bike arrived in Toronto more than a century ago, and since then our sleepy little town has been wild for the spoke set.

But, we don’t just love to tool around on our city bikes sipping our lattes while shopping for moustache oil. We like to build ’em, too. In fact, we’ve been tinkering in the trade since 1895 when H. A. Lozier & Co. opened a shop in the Junction neighbourhood. The company eventually became part of CCM, a name that is still slapped onto bicycle frames.

That is just the tip of the carbon fibre iceberg. Currently, the city is home to numerous bicycle companies from the highest of high-end road bikes to swanky city bikes to a bona fide smart bike that could completely change the game in the near future.

Vanhawks is a small startup headquartered near Cabbagetown. The company entered the market with a sonic boom when its crowdfunding campaign set a record on Kickstarter, garnering $820,000 in startup funding for its first model.

The Valour is the world’s first smart commuter bike. It features Bluetooth connectivity, built-in front and rear safety lights, sensor integration and turn-by-turn smartphone navigation via a lighting system in the handlebars. But Vanhawks doesn’t just want a single-user system that offers routing data and navigation along with travel and nutritional metrics. Vanhawks is evolving its tech to start moving the system from a single-user to a multi-nodal system, essentially, a collective bicycle brain that will allow it to evolve and provide more and better information.

There is also Toronto’s Mariposa Bicycles, immortalized by artist Greg Curnoe and a long-time favourite amongst cycling purists. It was founded by Mike Barry and has now been taken over by his son, former professional bicycle racer Michael Barry.

And, of course, Cervelo. A bling bike ridden by Tour de France champions and weekend warriors alike with price tags that broke through the $10 K barrier years ago.

In addition, Toronto’s own Simcoe Bikes, named after the city’s founder, burst on the city biking scene with a stylish model designed specifically for commuting on our sloppy streets.
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Update on the 'flying saucer' is still where Cyclicious saw it

Started my 1st 'road/urban' ride of the season in Mimico yesterday. 2nd pic was waiting @ Danforth :(
Checking my profile & it looks like I haven't been 'wiped' completely from the forum.
 

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The frost is starting to leave the ground. Some trail sections are muddy

This pic of a woman in her Easter bonnet is pushing her bike up St Clair Avenue West, Toronto 1907


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I posted this meme April 5, 2015 and reposted April 6, 2017... nothing has changed


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I posted this meme April 5, 2015 and reposted April 6, 2017... nothing has changed


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Goes along w/ this meme:

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Last year I got an urban ride in up in Toronto & over to the Islands on Apr' 10 before the weather turned to crap what w/ the flooding & rain.

Snowmobiling is done for me, mind you conditions still look good in northern Ontario. Now I'm waiting to get my bike out (I'm a fair weather cyclist).
 

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Goes along w/ this meme:

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Last year I got an urban ride in up in Toronto & over to the Islands on Apr' 10 before the weather turned to crap what w/ the flooding & rain.

Snowmobiling is done for me, mind you conditions still look good in northern Ontario. Now I'm waiting to get my bike out (I'm a fair weather cyclist).
Still plenty of snow in northern Ontario (my family is in Timmins)... we still got out today for a ride and I did both ride and run

Ha love the soup nazi meme... here's another sent by one of my FB friends

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Bay St looking north from Queen in 1937. City Hall is on the right, Eaton’s factories behind it. Further up Bay St the old St John’s Ward.

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Street car tracks causing injuries to cyclists since 1861
 
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