The Best of the Toronto International Bicycle Show

(Or why you should get your butt down here now!)

This morning our published made the rounds at the Toronto International Bicycle Show and picked her “best of show” gear and apparel. Here’s what’s hot at TIBS!

Sick of looking like a Tour castoff in your favourite team’s kit? The folks from Danny Shane are here to help (all the way from Austin, Texas)! Fashion meets function with their bamboo cycling jerseys and “after workout” apparel. Think Burberry meets the road!

This Kermit the Frog-green cruiser bike from Linus (called the DUTCHI 1) is the perfect cruiser for jaunts around town. We love its Dutch stylings, including the curved top tube and leather grips and seat.

Louis Garneau is showing off some sweet frames from their new Dream Factory Custom Paint Program. That’s right – customize your own frame with an awesome paint job. There are 20 colours to choose from – including candy red, money green and LG pink.

Quebec based boutique and café ALLO VELO has some sweet bikes and accessories at their very stylish booth. I can’t get over this very street-wear-like rain poncho (the “Cleverhood”) for bike commuting. In this fashion-forward houndstooth pattern you can roll right into the office!

Also from ALLO VELO, I’m loving this textured leopard print bike helmet from Sawako – it’s a statement piece!

Our friends from 2XU are at the show showcasing their “sock bar”! Check out these vibrant, fun and colourful compression socks. Swing by to check ‘em out! (I’m buying pairs to match all my running outfits!)

Need new art? Sheridan College has a display of student’s bike themed art on display and for sale. The artwork explores the varying passions and pastimes of cycling culture: competitors, commuters, roadies, BMX-ers and everything in between! Each piece is available for $50 and funds raised support the 2015 Graduate Show fundraising efforts.

The show is on today through Sunday at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. $14 to park, $13 entry for adults. Open Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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10 Nutritional Rules For Newbies

10 tips to help you get your nutrition on the right track keeping you healthy and happy


You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that in order to get into better shape you need to primarily do two things; move your body and eat/drink smart.

Here are 10 things to remember when it comes to fueling your machine.

  1. For a reality check, consider keeping a food log for several days a few times a year. Be honest and take a long hard look at areas where you can improve.
  2. Eat carbs every day, especially before and after workouts.
  3. Load up on fruits and veggies. This can all too often be the first thing to slip from your diet when things get busy. Don’t let this happen.
  4. Set realistic goals regarding weight loss. Don’t be infatuated with the numbers on the scale. Pay attention to how you feel and your energy levels. Avoid gimmicks and quick fixes. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. 
  5. Recover right. Consume some carbs and protein within an hour after finishing exercise. Chocolate milk works wonders here.
  6. Plan healthy snacks. A few minutes in the kitchen in the morning can save unwanted calories creeping in from vending machines, supermarket aisles, or cafeterias. 
  7. Always have a water bottle nearby. It’s amazing how much more water you consume if it’s readily accessible. And that’s a good thing.
  8. Follow the 10 % rule. Allow 10% of your daily calories to come from treats such as a small piece of dark chocolate, a little portion of ice-cream, or a mini glass of wine. Enjoy them guilt-free!
  9. If you’re planning on competing in an event, on race day be sure to eat a hearty breakfast at least 2-3 hours before you start racing. This provides energy and allows enough time for proper digestion. 
  10. On race eve and morning, avoid foods high in fat and fibre to keep your stomach happy while on course. 

Be smart about your diet and the benefits will have a positive impact on all aspects of your life. It’s like dropping a pebble into water and watching the circular waves - of health and overall body fitness -expand. By: Kerry Hale