Coldest Night Walk Comes to Toronto’s Riverside Neighbourhood

It’s cold out there. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, take part in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), a nation-wide family-friendly walk to raise money for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community.

In the Riverside neighborhood, the walk will be hosted by Nellie’s Shelter for Women and Children. Register now to join the walk at https://cnoy.org/location/torontoriverdalepape!

Check out more event information. 

 

Nellie’s is a place of safety and hope where vulnerable women, trans women and children are given the space to heal, experience workshops and community outreach services. 

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More About Nellie’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk

The route will begin at the Raph Thornton Community Centre, then it will head west to Broadview; north to Bain Ave; south on Logan to Riverdale; jog over to Pape and then return to Logan and head back to RTCC for some refreshments and music. You can walk 2, 5 or 10 km.

Don’t forget to dress warm!

Switchback Cyclery – Park Tool Workshops

Park Tool School

Want to learn the basics or take your bike repair skills to the next level? We are now offering Park Tool School courses for riders!

Preventive maintenance is key – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Registration for late February through March now open! 

Have any questions about the courses or interested in registering? Contact us at propel@switchbackcyclery.ca

 

 

Park Tool New Rider Maintenance Course 

2 Sessions @ 2 hours each
$80.00

Course Dates: Monday and Thursday
Course Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Who is this course for?
You’ve recently purchased a new bike or you simply want to learn how to take good care of your bike for optimal performance and be self-educated in safety for your commute to work or fun weekend rides. You want to learn the basics about how to take care of it and keep it rolling smoothly.

Overview
Students are strongly encouraged to bring in their new bike, or one from home they want to work on. There will be 1 used bike available as a demo for students that don’t have a bike, but the intention is for the student to be able to learn more about their personal bike and apply the knowledge to it specifically.
Class will include short lectures, demos and hands-on labs on your own bike and plenty of time to ask questions!

  • Basic Drivetrain, chain cleaning and maintenance
  • Flat repair & Wheels and Tires 101
  • Brakes 101
  • Shifting 101
  • Safety check and inspections

The full 4 hours class will be broken down into 2 smaller modules (2 hours each) as follows:

1) Brakes, Flats and Wheels, Basic Safety

2) Shifting and Drivetrain, Cleaning and Maintenance

Upon completion of the 2 modules you will get a bottle of lubetire levers and patch kit ($26 value). You will receive a coupon which will allow you 20% off purchase of any Park Tools in the next 30 days from your graduation date.

Interested in learning more? We  also offer the Novice Course which includes all of the above course content PLUS bottom brackets, cranksets, cockpit, basic fitting and more! See details below.

 

Park Tool Novice Course

4 Sessions @ 2 hours each
$200.00

Course Dates: Monday and Thursday
Course Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Who is this course for?
You’re a rider and want to learn more about the mechanics of your bike – D.I.Y. care is awesome! You simply want to learn how to take good care of your bike for optimal performance and be self-educated in safety for your commute to work or fun weekend rides.You want to learn the basics about how to take care of it and keep it rolling smoothly.

Overview
Students are strongly encouraged to bring in their new bike, or one from home they want to work on. There will be 1 used bike available as a demo for students that don’t have a bike, but the intention is for the student to be able to learn more about their personal bike and apply the knowledge to it specifically.
Class will include short lectures, demos and hands-on labs on your own bike and plenty of time to ask questions!

  • Brakes – Rim, caliper, cantilevers, Disc brakes Mechanical, intro to Hydraulic
  • Drivetrain – BB, Crankset, Chains, sprockets and cleaning and maintenance, Shifting – FD and RD
  • Wheels – How to fix a flat, Wheels and Tires, Tubes, Tubeless
  • Frame and Fork & key touch points –  Pedals, Cockpit (stem/handlebars/grips). Headset, Saddle, basic bike fitting & basic mechanical skills

Upon completion of all 4 modules you will receive the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair ($40 value) and a Park Tool Certificate of Completion (please note that this does not mean that the student is a Certified Mechanic). Your certificate will allow you 20% off the purchase of any Park Tools in the next 30 days from your graduation date.

Wild Bettys Cycling Club 2020

Switchback Cyclery shop is pleased to be supporting the Wild Bettys through 2020!

Thinking about getting into mountain biking? Want to join a women’s group? Looking for other keen riders to ride with? JOIN THE WILD BETTYS!

They host weekly rides for members Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from May to September, with monthly weekend rides June through October.

Sign up online or plan to meet the group at their sign up and social on Tuesday April 28th. Stay tuned for more details!

Riverside’s Switchback Cyclery Winter Bike Repair Program

Switchback Cyclery’s Winter Pick-Up, Drop-Off Bike repair program is back for its 5th year! It’s difficult to imagine warmer weather in the middle of January, but the biking season will be just around the corner in no time! In late January, Riverside’s Switchback is offering you the opportunity to have your bike picked up at home, serviced, and returned to you at no extra cost. Beat the spring rush!

Here’s how it works:
Step 1) Pick Up: Saturday, January 25th or Saturday, February 1st – you pick whichever date works best (between 9:00am and 5:00pm). Have your bike ready to be picked up at a location convenient for you.

Step 2) The Repair: As per their standard repair set up,they will call/email you with an estimate with regards to the service recommended for your bike. From there you would give them the approval to proceed with the labor item(s) you would like completed.

Step 3) Drop Off: Saturday, March 7th or Saturday,March 14th (between 9:00am and 5:00pm) (provided that any special componentry needed can be ordered within this time period). Your drop off time will be confirmed with you during the estimate process. Payments for the service done on your bike can be processed through credit card by phone or e-transfer prior to your drop off.

To Qualify:
You must live in Toronto within the following geographical limits:
Yonge Street to Woodbine Avenue
Eglinton Avenue East to Lake Ontario

Space is Limited!

Pick-up availability will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

To sign up or to reach Switchback for more details please respond to this e-mail, e-mail us at propel@switchbackcyclery.ca with Subject: “Winter Tune-Up Program” or give them a call at 416-466-6776.

 

Spotlight on Riverside’s Barefoot Beauty

Barefoot Beauty, 643 Queen Street East, Toronto

Riverside feels like a small town in the heart of a big city. That’s what Barefoot Beauty owner, Emily Stock, has to say from her super cozy eco-friendly mani-pedi salon, which she opened on Queen Street East in 2017. “The sense of community here is wonderful,” she says.

Not your average mani-pedi salon, Barefoot Beauty brings a higher standard to the world of aesthetics by focusing on the health and wellness of both the client and the environment.“Our waterless pedicures are definitely a stand out service,” says Emily. “Our clients love being pampered with the guarantee of having the safest, cleanest service possible without the negative environmental impact of wasting all the water of traditional pedicures. Thanks to Barefoot Beauty’s luxurious hot towel wrap, clients don’t miss the soak one bit!” adds Emily.

Despite being open for just a few years, Emily has seen the fast rate at which the neighbourhood is evolving.

“The neighbourhood seems to be growing every day – new condo developments, exciting new businesses, and lots more foot traffic,” she says.

It is worth noting that the rapid growth, the supportive business owners and the wonderful people who live in this area make Riverside one of the most ideal neighbourhoods for opening up your business.

If you’re looking for a relaxing spa experience in a warm and inviting ambiance that doesn’t compromise on health and is eco-conscious, head over to Barefoot Beauty, and treat your feet to a spa day in Riverside.

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

‘Good in the Hood’ series: A dynamic local husband and wife real estate team, J & C Toronto Real Estate Team, live and work in Toronto’s East End and wanted to put a spotlight on small businesses in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, that they know and love. They’ve put their experience in film and videography to work to create ‘Good in the Hood’, a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. Stay tuned for more and check out the J & C Team at www.jandcrealty.com