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dandyhorse newsletter: Our new print issue is in better book and bike shops now

We at dandyhorse have been busy at work covering all the biketastic events happening in an around the city of Toronto. Issue 13 arrived in June and we've been featuring a few of the stories from the print edition on, like this one above of Maggie MacDonald featured in our well-read Heels on Wheels column. If you haven't had a chance to pick up issue 13, featuring cover art by Kent Monkman, interviews with Catherine McKenna and the women behind Toronto's first feminist bike zine, and more, you can get dandy at your door or at better bike and book shops in Toronto. It's also available for free at Urbane Cyclist, Bikes on Wheels, Cycle Couture, Sweet Pete's, Hoopdriver, Batemans, Velofix, and Steamwhistle.

Along with the fantastically sweltering weather July brought with it events such as the Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show, the Friends for Life Bike Rally, and the Evergreen Brick Works Bike Day.

It also brought the closure of the Richmond bike lane, with no alternate route offered for the thousands of daily commuter cyclists. Naturally, we dandies had to ask folks during a bike spotting how they felt about being left in the lurch.

We also got to review a very community-oriented bike shops, Switchback Cyclery.

New contributor Cayley wrote about her experience taking back the night, reflecting on the wonderful feeling of riding around after the sun goes down. And contributor Derek Rayside tells us about innovations in bicycling modifications.

Reaching beyond the borders of the GTA, we took a look at the London Bicycle Festival, from dandy photog Molly Crealock Miksa.

We also had guest contributions from Rob Zaichowski of Two Wheeled Politics and Gideon Forman of the David Suzuki Foundation. Rob gave his thoughts on the proposed Woodbine bike lanes, and Gideon reflected on Toronto cycling.

Our guest contribution from Peter Harte, was a series from the road with the Friends For Life Bike Rally for the Toronto People With AIDS foundation.

And now here are the events coming soon to the bike world for you. Heritage Toronto is offering bike tours of the Toronto Islands in August, and the forts of Toronto in September. The 5th annual Cycle 4 St. Joe's is happening October 2. Last but not least: the Bloor bike lanes have begun installation. Here's a photo essay from the first week of the installation as well as a great retrospective from senior dandy editor, Albert Koehl, on the battle for Bloor.

Stay tuned to for all the best bike news. We'll have LOTS of Bloor-related content up over the next few months too.
Night Rider 
New contributor Cayley James knows what's up for women on two wheels. The Toronto resident and long-time commuter talked about the relationship female identifying people have with the bicycle, and how it has been an instrument of empowerment and change, in Night Rider. For many, the bicycle is a great way of getting from A to B. For a others it is so much more than that. Also, who doesn't love a good midnight ride? 
Richmond Closure Leaves Cyclists in the Lurch
Richmond has become a main arterial road for cyclists, and yet the city still did not provide any safe alternative while it is down for maintenance. A huge number of us still ride there, though. As if we didn't have enough to complain about with the mess that is Adelaide. Thankfully, this pilot-project has been extended for a year to more accurately account for the conditions on these lanes. 

Cycle 4 St. Joe's October 2
On Sunday, October 2, the 5th annual Cycle 4 St. Joe's charity ride kicks off at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton. St. Joseph's Health Centre serves the over 500,000 people living in Toronto west-end neighbourhood. Pedaler's last year raised over $220,000 that helped pay for a new anaesthesia block. Want to join? Registration is $95, and includes pre-ride fuel, a BBQ lunch, and more. 
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