As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my Raleigh Sports and Bikechain were instrumental in shaping my appreciation for biking and bike commuting. But there are a number of websites that also influenced my particular tastes.
Sheldon Brown – The late great master of online bicycle information. He had a wealth of knowledge about bicycles, and generously shared it with the world. He was an early citizen of the web, and put his knowledge and point of view online long before most people did that sort of thing. One of his own custom bike builds was the inspiration for my first build.
Eco Velo – This blog is no longer updated,
but the owners were kind enough to keep it live, at least for now. Sadly, this site seems to be down, probably for good. They covered beautiful bicycle commuting gear and technology, and have been a huge influence on my own personal tastes. They introduced me to things like belt drives – something that I have not personally used, but I’ve wanted to try out.
Rivendell Bicycles – Although I am not quite as enamored with lugs as I once was, I still appreciate the beauty of a quality lugged steel frame. This company sells several lovely examples of this style bicycle, along with equally lovely components and accessories. Several of my component choices for my first build were influenced by this site’s philosophy.
Off the Beaten Path – I had encountered this website once in a while in the past. But I only recently started reading it regularly it as I considered choices for an upcoming bike build I am imagining. They do some pretty thorough testing of different types of bicycle equipment.
Biking Toronto and Dandyhorse – these are my go-to sites for local Toronto biking news.
Lovely Bicycle – A well-written and interesting personal blog that covers a wide variety of bicycle topics.
Well, the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival has wrapped up. Phew! Crazy busy. It feels like it was over before I knew it. But at the same time, the beginning feels like a hundred years ago.
Already on to the next one! The Toronto Korean Film Festival starts in a couple of days. I was the Festival Manager for the Scarborough one, and I am a Senior Programmer for this one. But with such small teams, there is a lot of overlap between the positions.
Wow! The Scarborough film fest job has been crazy! It’s been a busy few weeks.
Anyway, here’s a bit I wrote about working on my bike a while back:
I was fortunate to be a student at U of T right when Bikechain was opening. It is a DIY bike repair shop at the university. The mechanics and volunteers there help you repair and maintain your bike yourself. I volunteered here for a couple of years while I was still a student.
Ron Richardson’s gift of the Raleigh Sports did a lot to spark my current enthusiasm for bicycling. But I also owe a lot to Bikechain. This is the place that got me interested in working on my bike, not just riding it. This is where I really learned all of the ins and outs of a bicycle. As I write this, I realize it is not all that dissimilar to the experience of building a model airplane that I described in a previous post. As you spend an extended amount of time handling the individual parts of a thing, your imagination gets to explore it from the inside out. Your relationship to the thing changes.
Although I now do most of my bicycle maintenance at home, I still go to Bikechain once in a while for bigger projects. And I consider myself lucky to live in a city with multiple other options for DIY bike maintenance like Bike Sauce and Bike Pirates.