Torontonians who were taken aback by Don Cherry’s bizarre, hate-filled screed against pinkos and cyclists during Mayor Ford’s investiture ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday, December 7 were cheered to read the open letter to Don Cherry penned by Curbside Cycle. “We’d like to take a little egg off your face and allow you to (literally) do a bit of backpedalling” it said. “We’d like to give you a bicycle, in a blushing shade of ironic pink.”
Curbside is giving the pugnacious hockey commentator a stylish Pashley Tube Rider — Double Scoop. Pashley is England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer, having produced sturdy, handsome bicycles for rural and urban commuters for over 80 years at their manufacturing facility in Stratford-on-Avon.
Custom bike painter Noah Rosen of Velocolour is donating a paint job* for the bike’s fenders in a suitably Cherryesque fashion. An online poll will determine whether the fenders — now turquoise — will be painted in a pinstripe, pink floral or pink plaid design in tribute to the belligerent bigot’s sartorial excesses. Earlier today Curbside reported that the plaid fenders are ahead in the voting. The poll closes Monday morning, December 13th so vote now.
Gillian Goerz, Curbside’s sales manager said this morning that the shop has yet to hear from Cherry to make arrangements to accept their gift.
Curbside Cycle is located at 412 Bloor Street West in the West Annex, the pinkest of the pink heart of Toronto. The area is represented by NDP members in both the federal parliament and the provincial legislature, and its city counselor Adam Vaughan is considered Mayor Rob Ford’s number one nemesis and possible rival for mayor in 2014.
Started in a tent in front of the Brunswick House about fifteen years ago, Curbside Cycle draws a city-wide clientele with its extensive selection of bicycles, clothing and accessories geared to the needs of urban bicycle commuters.
Don Cherry is a former professional hockey player and coach. He played a single game in the NHL, and despite coaching the Boston Bruins of the NHL during the heyday of Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, never won a Stanley Cup. Cherry parlayed this distinguished career into a now 30-year gig as the dominant hockey commentator with the national public broadcaster, the CBC. Cherry lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
12 Dec. ’10 | This article was revised to add the recap of Don Cherry’s NHL career.
13 Dec. ’10 | * Noah Rosen has donated the custom paint job for the bike’s fenders. Incorrect information appeared in the original version of this article. Thanks to Gillian Goerz for the correction.