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The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 27, 2016

bike stores torontoThe best bike stores in Toronto cover a wide variety of specialities, from the needs of the humble commuter to the featherweight road racer. In general, the city's most established shops are run by cycling fanatics whose passion shines through in their service. While you might rightfully be loyal to a local shop, some speciality stores are worth the trip for service and selection.

These are the best bike stores in Toronto.
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The Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 25, 2016

used bike torontoThe best used bike shops in Toronto offer something that's hard to find when buying off Craigslist: peace of mind. You'll always pay a bit of a premium to buy from a shop but having a trained mechanic refurbish a bike can save lots of headaches later. Many stores will even offer a limited warranty on the used bikes they offer.

These are the best used bike shops in Toronto.
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The Best Bike Repair Shops in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 22, 2016

bike repair torontoThe best repair shops in Toronto tend to be the smaller, neighbourhood-style outfits spread across the city. These are places where it's more important to be able to fix a flat in a few minute than it is to adjust an 11-speed drivetrain. Many of the places on this list can do both, but they earn their stripes by offering friendly and efficient service to the hordes of commuters of the city.

Here are the best bike repair shops in Toronto.
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The Best Birthday Cakes in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 20, 2016

birthday cake torontoThe best birthday cakes in Toronto can be found at local bakeries who know a thing or two about how to impress on that special day. Blow out the candles and get the party started with these beautiful, frosted creations.

Here is where to find the best birthday cakes in Toronto.

Top photo via Bake Shoppe.
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The Best Summer Sports Leagues in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / April 18, 2016

summer sports leagues torontoSummer sports leagues in Toronto let you get active, usually outside, and meet new people all at the same time. From softball and soccer to ultimate frisbee and dodgeball, these organizations let you try out new activities and also give more experienced players the chance to unleash their inner pro athletes.

Here, in no particular order, are the best summer sports leagues in Toronto.

Toronto Sports and Social Club
This club, known as TSSC, organizes leagues for all sorts of sports and activities, including basketball, volleyball, dragon boat and sailing. It holds sessions in both the spring and summer so you can really take advantage of Toronto's warm weather months.

Toronto Recreational Sports League
Geared towards those in their 20s and 30s, Toronto Recreational Sports League is recreational and entirely co-ed organization. It schedules all of its games in the Yonge and Eglinton area, making it easy to accessible to those who rely on the TTC.

Off Limit Sports
Trampoline dodgeball sounds like something a hyper 10-year-old would dream up, but it's a real sport that's actually a lot of fun to play. With Off Limit Sports, you can gather up your friends or co-workers and try it at four GTA-area locations. This company offers co-ed softball, volleyball and regular gym floor dodgeball too.

Toronto Kickball
Harken back to your elementary school days with this Toronto institution that makes kickball relevant for adult. This league, for those 19-plus, is all about having fun and letting loose on the field. Best of all, it's free.

Toronto Ultimate Club
For frisbee fans, the Toronto Ultimate Club runs multiple co-ed adult leagues on most nights of the week. You can choose to play recreationally or competitively if you're looking to up your disc game over the summer.

Toronto Rush
This soccer league boasts co-ed, men's and women's leagues for recreational players. It hosts its games at various fields throughout the city. You can sign up as an entire team or fly solo and register as an individual.

Ashbridges Bay Beach Volleyball
Head down to the lake to play beach volleyball and take part in this quintessential summer sport. Along with its summer league, Ashbridges Bay offers adult volleyball clinics if you want to improve your skills before joining a team.

Axe throwing is enormously popular in Toronto and if you've been practicing over brews with your friends, you may just be ready to join a BATL Axe league - yes you can drink at games too, so don't fret.

The Toronto Outdoor Club
You need to be a member to participate in Toronto Outdoor Club activities, but luckily it's free to join. Along with hikes and camping trip, the TOC organizes recreational and pick-up sports games - such as badminton, soccer and ultimate frisbee.

Toronto Dodgeball
Instead of organizing games in high school gyms, Toronto Dodgeball hosts its summertime league on an outdoor beach court. That means you can dodge, dip, dive, duck and dodge in the beautiful warm weather all season long.

High Park Ball Hockey
For ball hockey fans, this west end league organizes games for both women and men. This not-for-profit group is all about having fun and it's recognized by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, Hockey Canada and is a member of the Ontario Ball Hockey Federation.

Bike Polo Toronto
You don't need to ride a horse to play polo in Toronto. Instead, you can join Bike Polo Toronto for this fast-paced sport. The organization holds rookie and vet nights all throughout the summer so you can try out this game even if you're a beginner.

summer sports leagues torontoThanks to the Ontario Volleyball Association for sponsoring this post

Photo by Jen Tse in the blogTO Flickr pool.
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The Best Taiwanese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / April 15, 2016

taiwanese restaurants torontoThe Best Taiwanese restaurants in Toronto showcase the region's stunning culinary diversity. From the deep-fried crunch of Taiwanese-style fried chicken to the soothing warmth of the beef soup noodles or the odd scent but delicious flavours of stinky tofu, there's lots to like here.

Here are the best Taiwanese restaurants in Toronto.

Writing by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. When not writing for blogTO he can usually be found tweeting here or pressing words into this blog.
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