The Toronto Bike Show runs this weekend at the Better Living Centre. An abridged version of this report appears on the Dandyhorse blog.
I was particularly interested in checking out the new Salamander cargo bike by Wike. Here are owner Bob Bell and framebuilder Matt behind a prototype frame that was mounted high to show off the unique folding feature.
And here is the bike itself, folded out to its full length in its cargo bike mode. They are justifiably proud of the all weather canopy.
Company owner Bob is explaining some of the features of the bike. You can see the third wheel in its raised position.
(photo by S. Kinnear)
and here it is in stroller mode.
Viewed from the back, you can see the black pedal that you step on to start the unfolding process. The width of the stroller mode is the same as that of the Wike trailers, and so it should fit through a standard doorway.
Here it is partially unfolded.
The third wheel can be switched between the upper and lower positions with a push of a bottom on the hub, similar to their trailer wheels.
Wike has been disappointed with the response to their Kickstarter campaign for the Salamander. This was possibly due to the high price point. Bob said that they are considering outsourcing manufacture of the frame to their partners in Taiwan, in which case the price will come down to $3900 from $6000 for the made in Canada version. He emphasized that even if they choose to do this, most other major parts such as the fiberglass tub and the canopy will still be made locally. Here, Stuart checks out the tub.
Here are some of their other cargobike models. These are made in Taiwan.
Aside from the Wike stand, there was still plenty to see.
This graphic from their FB page sums up the sad state of affairs in Ontario.
There were e-bikes everywhere, including this electric longtail from Felt.
A closeup of the rear rack. Larger footrests, kid seat attachments, and wheel skirts are available. The rims are 24″ with ultrafat tires.
The same Bosch drive on some hybrids, and even a fatbike.
Shimano had their own version of a BB edrive. I was told it had less pedaling resistance than the Bosch when the battery dies.
This Swiss made Stromer ebike has a massive battery in the downtube, and lots of embedded electronics, including an anti-theft feature. The owner’s copy of this model was stolen, and then recovered when it was brought into a dealer for repair. On the black one, you can see the running lights and headlamp.
All of these next generation ebikes are beautiful, but not at all cheap, with the lowest price I saw in the $4000 range.
Allo Vélo was down from Montreal with a nice selection of Van Moof bikes: Dutch bikes styled for the 21st century.
This model had an integral lock.
and this step thru model was brand new, with a built in handbag holder.
They also had a nice section of Creme bikes, including a randonneur styled model that was new
and an electric assist Bullitt for good measure
and these decorated helmets.
Frog is a new line of lightweight kids’ bikes just coming into Canada for the first time from the UK. They all have aluminum frames and rims, and kid friendly detailing such as small brake levers, and smaller cranks with double sided chainguards. I liked the drop bar bike in Team Sky livery.
Beautiful Ti and carbon bikes from No. 22 bikes.
Danielle Schon is a fabricator who is now making custom steel frames in the west end. She is standing in front of her personal ride. Framebuilding is the perfect outlet for her artistic and welding expertise.
Tony is the director of a documentary about Marinoni. His film will be screening in Toronto at Cinecycle on Tuesday, March 8.
These stickers from Mehoi (http://mehoi.com/) strike a balance between “Kawaii” and edgy. As you can see from this flash picture, many of them are reflective.
This helmet has integral lights. What is new is a handlebar mounted remote control that turns on turn signals and a brake light feature.
A bamboo bike from Junglewood.
In addition to the static displays and dealer areas, there was also bike polo, BMX stunts and a trials demonstration. Lots to see for the cycling inclined. The show runs through Sunday.
On the way home from the show, kudos to the city for keeping the Martin Goodman Trail nice and clear.
My reporting from the 2014 bike show is here.