Ontario By Bike Blog

Read on for inspirational cycling experiences across Ontario. Whether you’re looking for rail trails, mountain biking or road riding, we’re putting together stories to get you out on two wheels. Join us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get more updates and so we can hear your story. Interested in guest blogging with Ontario By Bike? Shoot us an email!

Friends For Life: A Bike Rally Recounting

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It’s the morning of the third day, or maybe the fourth. Truthfully, it’s starting to be a bit of a blur, and I’m feeling pretty moody. I can tell that my body doesn’t understand what I am doing to it, and I’ve never done anything like this before. I mean, six days of cycling? Seriously?

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Great Late Season Rides in Haldimand County

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When the weather turns cooler, a clear crisp autumn day is the perfect time to plan a late season ride. Haldimand County, located a short drive from Hamilton and other major urban centres in Southern Ontario, is the perfect destination for a day away or a weekend adventure.

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3-Day Bike Adventure in Windsor Essex | Tour Recap & Itinerary

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When the group of 35+ riders set off from Comber on the Saturday of the 2018 Labour Day long weekend here in Canada, it was already heating up and most knew it was bound to be scourcer. It didn't take long for riders of the Essex Windsor Loop, an Ontario By Bike Ride and small group tour, to get right into the quiet countryside amongst the corn fields and wind turbines.

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Conquering Ontario’s Blue Coast by Bike

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Less than three hours’ drive from Toronto, southwestern Ontario’s Blue Coast offers some of the best waterfront cycling in Ontario, with over 200 kilometres of waterfront to explore. Discover two internationally renowned Blue Flag beaches as well as awe-inspiring natural scenery, impressive local art, and sumptuous local food and drink.

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Bike City: A Must See

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Whether you are a city resident or just passing through on 2 or 4 or more wheels, there is a fascinating new exhibit recently opened in Toronto that any avid cyclist or budding historian is not going to want to miss. Bike City - On now till November 17 at the Market Gallery located on the second floor of the south St. Lawrence Market. Not to share too many spoilers, as you must go and learn more yourself, here are some of the fascinating bits of historic Toronto bike culture we learned from this well curated and documented exhibit: Bikes have been built in Toronto since 1882. Early manufacturers that included Massey-Harris, merged to create Canada Cycle & Motor Company (CCM brand) to combat American competition.

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A Good Cause: Why You Should Sign Up for Charity Cycling Event

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CHARITY RIDES ARE A FUN WAY TO EXPLORE ONTARIO AND DO SOME GOOD TOO There are so many good reasons why it’s a great idea to do a ride for a charitable cause. For me, setting a goal of doing my first one several years back was the perfect excuse to improve my performance on my road bike. Since then I’ve done a handful more and have never regretted it. Here’s a little primer.

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Trent River Truckin’ in Northumberland

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About 2 hours east of Toronto, nestled in the northeastern corner of Northumberland County, is the community of Campbellford. Not to be mistaken with Campbellville or Campbellcroft; Campbellford is perched upon the Trent Severn Waterway on the northern boundaries of the county. The rural setting and scenic countryside, make this area a perfect spot to get out on the quiet paved roads and clock some kilometres on a bike.

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Cycling Adventures Await in Canada’s Deep South

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Pedal your way through Canada`s southernmost peninsula, which provides a largely flat topography for recreational cyclists, families, or avid enthusiasts. The trails in the region connect to further excursions in EPIC Wine Country, Point Pelee National Park, on Pelee Island, along Windsor’s stunning riverfront, and are also part of the Trans Canada Trail and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

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9 Challenging Strava Segment Hill Climbs by Bike in Ontario

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Yes, we humans are a competitive bunch and while we retain a sense of positive community and comradery, it’s in our nature to enjoy knowing where we stand in relation to others. These instincts are being nurtured through a gaming culture that is creeping into every aspect of our daily lives. Gamification is nothing new and is the integration of game mechanics into a product or process to motivate participation, engagement, and loyalty.

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Are E-Bike’s for You? A Challenge & Sweet Reward

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E-bikes make you look. Whether you notice as they whiz by you on your push pedals or you’re an innocent bystander noting something just isn’t right with the ease of speed and rider, a second glance may answer the question. What may appear to be a regular bike may indeed be sporting a chargeable battery pack, with pedal assist kicking the bike into an accelerated speed.

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Get Moo-ving in Oxford County

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Looking to shake up your cycling season? We suggest a milk shake! Oxford County isn't just the Dairy Capital of Canada, the region is also gaining quite a reputation as a great destination for on- and off-road cycling. The reasons to Ride Oxford are lengthy but we have shortened it to a simple five for your reading pleasure.

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9 Inspirational Ontario Cycling Images from Instagram – February 2018

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Honestly, we don't say this every year, but this winter has been an amazing year for cycling. New Fat Bike series and festivals popped up all over the province, more and more trails were being groomed by those tireless volunteers (yes, buy them a beer when you see them next!). There has even been some pretty significant flucuations in the weather, giving riders a chance to get out and ride on dry roads. Fat bike or Touring Bike? Cross or Mountain? Performance Road or Hybrid? None (or all) of the above? We scour Instagram each month to find the images that help tell the story of how amazing and fun riding in Ontario can be and will aim to find something for everyone. We hope it helps inspire you to explore more of Ontario by bike and discover a new destination to visit on your next cycling holiday.

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