"It is by riding a bicycle that you
learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and
coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor
car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance
of country you have driven through." -- Ernest Miller Hemingway
Our 2016 cycling season Began on April 3rd
We're about 80 or so Toronto & GTA friends, who like to meet up for a group
rides, out of the limelight and a division of queerwest.org. Our season runs
from April to October 1st, we’re all genders and ages. The club was founded
in 2003 by Michel F. Paré You can find us on Facebook (No direct link)
Couple of third party neigbourhood rides of interest being organized
by a friend of Michel's (Hyedie Hashimoto) and close to our Homo Bike Central
Office in Brockton Village. Some of us will be on these rides
Saturday June 11 at 1PM - Yoga for Cyclists at
Henderson Brewery. After all this spring cycling, have your
quads and hamstrings tightened up? Join us for an afternoon of stretching and
relaxation with a yoga class, specifically designed for cyclists! We are hosting
this class at the brand new Henderson Brewery, where you can enjoy some craft
brews and food after the class! Henderson Brewing Company 128A Sterling Road,
Thursday June 16 from 6 PM - 8 PM - Mural and
Art Gallery Ride Join us on a ride through Ward 18, showcasing
the eclectic mix of street art and galleries. Ward 18 in Toronto is home to
a huge number of murals and great art galleries. Let's explore and appreciate
them on bike! We'll meet at the Dundas West mural just south of Dundas St West
on Sheridan Ave! Please make sure your bike is in working order and your tires
are pumped with air. We will be riding on main arterial roads but also alleyways
that may have some loose gravel and sharp debris. Well inflated tires will help
to avoid a flat tire!
Sunday June 19 at 11 AM - The annual Custard
Tart ride for the fourth time this year A bike tour of Ward
18 (Davenport) while we stop at some of our favourite Portuguese bakeries for
tasty Pastel de Nata. Make sure your bike is in working order! Meet out front
at the Brazil Bakery & Pastry, 1554 Dundas St. West one block past Dufferin,
north side at Sheridan. https://goo.gl/maps/DJlSJ
Thursday June 30 from 6 PM - 8 PM
- Do you know the quietest way to get from College to Bloor? Do you know where
the old Brockton Village townhall is? Join us on a ride through quiet back alleys,
historical landmarks and little libraries through Ward 18! We'll meet at the
base of the West Toronto Railpath and ride through Ward 18 at a relaxed and
slow pace. Please make sure your bike is in working order! We will be riding
on main arterial roads but also alleyways that have loose gravel and sharp debris.
A well inflated tire can help prevent flats!
What makes you a queer bike club?
We dress up at parties, wear funny hats and march in the Lesbian and Gay Pride
parade or go to The Queer West Film Festival every year. Some of us even have
same-gender relationships!! We are tolerant of homosexually-challenged individuals,
as long as they do not display their affections in public.
Do I have to be queer?
No, and in fact we have a few members who are not, although they prefer not
to be outed as hetero. If necessary, we will be happy to help you select a new
color for the living room, spiffy up your wardrobe (cycling and non), help you
re-examine your tastes in art and music, and instruct you on the basics of the
successful dinner party.
Are there women in club?
Lately it seems like there are more women than men. A good rule of thumb for
meeting same-sex persons is, that rides led by women tend to attract more women
riders, and rides led by men tend to attract more men
Who decides where the rides go?
Homo Bike Central attempts to elicit ideas for rides from among the membership.
When that doesn’t work, we start calling up people to guilt-trip them into leading
rides. It is during this process that the final destination of a ride emerges.
Gay West Bicycle Club is a Registered Voting Member of GLISA
North America (Since 2005) (legally known as ‘North American Gay and Lesbian
Sport Federation’, "NAGLSF") is a non-profit Society incorporated
in British Columbia, Canada and is a membership-based, democratic, international
association of North American LGBTIQ sports teams, associations and organizations
that presently features more than 100 member organizations. http://www.glisana.com/
Members are encouraged to host weekly rides. Example; Men only ride, women
only ride or mixed company, doesn't have to be 100 people, 10 people would be
ideal. There is no membership fee club.
Toronto Pride Ride 2016
TORONTO PRIDE RIDE on Bicycles for Old Friends, New Friends, LGBTQ Refugees
and Newcomers with the Gay West Bicycle Club. The Toronto Pride Ride is the
only one of it's kind in North America . We take Pride in our queer Toronto
Community. The event is part of the annual Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer
West Fest) in August. Traditionally this event is held every June..more
details coming soon.
club pictures on Flickr The Gay West Bicycle Club chosen as one of the 16
top cycling clubs in Ontario
By the Toronto Star
Homo Bike Central
(We located in Ward 18 Dupont South)
Gay West Bicycle Club
562 Dufferin St
Toronto ON M6K 2A9
firstname.lastname@example.org (we check this
once a month)
Have a Cycling Club or Cycling Business? Want to swap
links? Write us
at Homo Bike Central: email@example.com
All links updated and corrected on Sunday
July 25, 2015
Gay and Lesbian United States Cycling Clubs
Gay and Lesbian International Cycling And Sports Clubs
Canadian Bicycling Tourism and Recreation
- Bicycle Ontario
is a public service web site dedicated to encouraging recreational cycling
on Tours self-guided bike tour information source with everything that
you need to enjoy bicycling in Ontario.
- Bike Train new cycle
tourism initiative introducing bike racks onboard select passenger rail trains
to destinations in Ontario
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