Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Badass Women's Cyclecross.

Snow, mud, fierce competition... damn! LADIES!

4ème Manche de CDM cyclo-cross from Petitesreines on Vimeo.

 (taken from funknbikes)

Maybe put it on mute and enjoy the video to Maylee Todd's Arobics in Space song instead of the very European soundtrack offered.

Or maybe this new jam by Kardinal...

(I miss you Toronto music!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Seems like the Australians think we should change our name. Earlier this summer we were so exstatic to be featured in a 5 page spread in Australia's amazing bike mag Treadlie, with a wonderful article by Will Jones titled "Club Belladona." I dont want to spoil the whole thing but here's a good little excerpt:

"The girls love of creating, of cycling and of eachother brings them together to form this wonderfully wicked, scarily sexy and daringly dangerous collective. No wonder they picked the name Deadly Nightshades."

DNS does love some good aliteration. Thanks for all the kind words Treadlie & Will! Secretly I think my favourite thing is that the whole article refered to us primarily by our gang names.  Hilarious.

If you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine yet, swing on over to their website and do it! Treadlie Rules! Photobucket

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Momentum Magazine is looking for Toronto Models!


Momentum Magazine is putting on a fashion show at Expocycle in Toronto! They need hotties on bikes to be models- I think you should do it. You get a $100 honorarium and profile on momentummag.com will be provided.

I (MegO!) am going to be a model for them at their Interbike fashion show, Gaining Momentum!



Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012



This year Toronto VeloReel, an amazing one day celebration of Toronto's bike community & culture,  approached the Nightshades to help curate some bike films to screen at the event on September 15th. So, internet pals, we're calling on you! We want to see your bike movies!

Bike movies you ask? Anything you can think of involving our two wheeled friend. She can roll by, be the centre of attention or the mode in which you got to your set. They can be 30 seconds or an hour & a 1/2 or anywhere inbetween. Please submit your precious film gems to torontoveloreelsubmissions@gmail.com, heading BIKE LOVE by August 15th, 2012.  International submissions are welcome, so submit and share no matter where you are!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Earlier this month, Cannibal Vixen,  Snow White & myself made the long drive (with bicycles in tow) to New York City for the 12th Bicycle Film Festival. As always it was great to spend some time in a city we love so much & were reminded that it's been a year since our film FABRIC BIKE debuted there last summer. So we decided it was time to release it to the clutches of the internet.

FABRIC BIKE was so much fun to make, and the response we've had worldwide this year has been so lovely & overwhelming. We hope that this is one in a series of many creative shorts to come out of our little collective. So thanks again & enjoy.


Saturday, July 14, 2012



The last issue of Toronto's own Dandyhorse Magazine featured a two page spread on our very own Irene! She talks about bike gangs, the ins and outs of making your own place in the fashion industry, and about her sewing school / crafting mecca The Make Den! Not only that but the article sports two stunning portraits by Kirsten's collective The Bleached Blondes, featuring Irene as her two personas - Fierce Bambi and Unicorn Karl Lagerfeld (amaaaaaaazing!!!) Congrats Kirsten & Irene - we are so proud to have such talented babes in our midst. Check out Dandyhorse & see for yourself!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Right to Cycle

From June 26th to the 30th I was fortunate enough to attend the keynote sessions of Velo-City 2012 held here in Vancouver, BC.

For three days I was truly blew me away. There is a steep hill to climb and a lot of work to be done to make the rest of the world like Copenhagen, but with such brilliant and hard working professionals dedicated to this task, it's going to happen and it's going to be amazing.

I love Notable Quoteables, so took some of the best from the international speakers and submitted them Toronto's lovely Biking Toronto and Australia's Treadlie.  Broken down into four parts, (seriously so much good came out of those presenters) they are meant to inspire and inform. Follow the links wiki-styles and dive deep into the world of cycling politics and infrastructure.
“Creating cycle friendly cities. It’s child’s play.”
Dr. Paul Tranter- Associate Professor in Geography, University of New South Wales
This year the European Cycling Federation and Velo-City presented The Charter of Vancouver, which is a call to the UN and all nations to acknowledge the right for children to cycle. Biking improves so many aspects of a child's life; their health, independence, personal mobility, cleaner enviornment, and the list goes on and on.... You can read the notes from the Children's Keynote in Part 4 of the Biking TO segment

RightToCycle, Velo-City 2012, Vancouver, Cycling, Children, Charter of Vancouver,

The closing of the conference called for all to sign the charter in suport. I was a privileged to ad my name, and signed on behalf of the Deadly Nightshades. It's not just NGO's who are working to make this world a better place to live and bike, us #girlbikegangs have a role too.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

So the new Dandyhorse issue is out, and I'm super excited to get my hands on a copy of it this time as it features articles on the fiercest of bambis, fellow Nightshade Irene - as well as one on my bosses at YNOT Tom & Tony! Go Dandyhorse! But while looking on the magazine's site tonight... I stumbled across this video. Which is... well... hilarious (at least to me, maybe not intentionally?). Hard not to be amused when so many Toronto pals are playing ridiculous extras in a game of spin the bottle...