dandyhorse magazine March newsletter: our upcoming Spring Safety issue, a Musical March, announcement of H&M Brick Lane Bikes winner and more!

Congratulations to our H&M Brick Lane Bikes winner!

Jung-Kay Chiu (pictured above) is the lucky winner of our Brick Lane Bikes giveaway, courtesy of H&M and their new bicycle clothing line for men. We'll soon have a dandyBLOG post on Jung-Kay, the H&M clothing line that spawned this contest and his sweet new BLB ride!

Our upcoming Spring Safety issue -- due out in time for Bike Month

The dandy team is busy putting together your Spring Safety issue, hitting newsstands in time for Bike Month, in early June. Stay tuned for more info on our upcoming launch party for the new issue and more exciting prize giveaways including a bike raffle and excellent safety-themed swag.

Interested in advertising in the Spring Safety issue? Contact Editor-In-Chief Tammy Thorne at

Do you have an idea for a dandyBLOG story? Email today.

Do you want your event or bike news featured in our monthly newsletter? Email

Photo by Tammy Thorne

A Musical March

With Canadian Music Week/CMF going on March 19 through 24, it seemed appropriate that the dandyBLOG took on a musical spin for much of the month, starting with violist Gregory Campbell's dandyCommute from Broadview and Pottery Road to Chinatown, and continuing with new assistant co-editor Amelia Brown's dandyREVIEW of Norwegian electro-pop singer Sandra Kolstad's CMW in-store at Moog Audio.

We also ran a Q&A by circulation coordinator Victoria Salvas with bassist-around-town Matt Roberts about his Amazing DIY bass trailer, which he ordered, assembled and modified to create the perfect cargo set up for his needs.

Pictured above: Still from the music video for Sandra Kolstad's “Run Away (Where Are We?)”

Inspired by bike-friendly far-flung locales

In the same month in which London, England announced its $1.4 billion bike plan, we at dandy sought even more Euro-inspiration from former dandy editor Rachel Hahn, now living and working in Älmhult, Sweden, home of IKEA. You can read about her biketopian dandyCommute here.

Do you have a dandyCommute story to tell from Toronto or elsewhere? Fill out this dandy form here to get you started. All dandyCommute contributors will be entered into a draw to win a bike.

We also started a new dandyREVIEW book review series, with readings of Eat, Sleep, Ride, City Cycling and Straphanger.

Photo by Rachel Hahn

A Focus On: Kensington Market

Our Bike Spotting team hung out near Augusta and Baldwin on Friday, March 8 -- one of the first relatively warm and sunny afternoons of the year -- to see how people's chains were faring after a long, cold winter. This was a follow up to our first dandyMECHANICS column: the Chain, written by Sweet Pete's manager Owen Gerrard and illustrated by Chris Simonen. We will post dandyMECHANICS part two: the derailleur shortly so stay tuned!

As part of our ongoing dandyCommute series, dandy contributor Tim Woods cycled home through the Market and introduced us to some of his favourite haunts (and alley ways.)

Photo of Selina Martin by Yvonne Bambrick

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming dandy Spring Safety issue launch party in early June! We'll be giving away lots of great prizes, including safety-themed swag and a bike raffle. WIN A BIKE!

Introducing our new dandy assistant editor on the upcoming issue, Ryerson journalism student Amelia Brown. Amelia wrote this story for the Huffington Post before joining the dandy team for the spring issue. She made the cool BIXI infographic above too.

The Green Living Show
April 12-14
Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place)
Friday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Admission is free if you bring in your old electronics for recycling*

And don't forget to vote for our dandy delivery service for the Livegreen Toronto awards! Laurie Featherstone is pretty cool. Check out how she delivers things by bike and vote for her here.

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