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Biking in Barrie – Getting Started

Biking in Barrie – Getting Started

As the warmer climes arrive and Spring reaches it’s full potential, half wheelers can haul their cycles out of storage and hit the open paths.

Cycling is a fantastic option for fitness, health and fun. And for many it’s increasingly becoming their go-to method of commuting to work, even in winter.

Whether you’re a rookie on the local circuit or have been cycling for years, Barrie has plenty of options to level up your bike game. Here’s a quick starter kit to get your gears going!

Getting a Bike

Naturally, picking up a new two wheel ride is step one. There are a host of cool spots to check out across town, including Trek Bicycles, Bikeland, and The Bike Zone. All provide an array of cycles for all levels of experience, as well as the accessories (helmets, bags) to complete your collection.

Choose The Right Merch

Riding in comfortable swag can make the difference between misery and fun. The best clothes for biking are snug fitting jerseys and shorts.

If a jersey isn’t your bag, try an exercise shirt. A helmet is mandatory by law, and it’s not an exaggeration to say it could save your life, so be sure to pick up something cool and safe. Most of the bike shops will have plenty of clothing options for your riding career.

Another key ingredient is the right pair of shoes. Locally, the Running Room is a terrific spot to source for high end pad protectors.

Fuel Up

Cycling requires alot of energy. It’s no different that going to the gym for a workout or doing cardio at home, so your body needs fuel! First off, drink LOTS of water, regardless of how warm or cold the weather is.

Depending on how long your ride is, you’ll likely need snacks along the way as well. Nuts and fruit are ideal, as they provide a punch of protein to power you up. The most important part of fueling while riding is eating something every 45 minutes to an hour.

Choose Your Path

Now it’s time to choose your path. This will be determined mostly by what your goal is for any given ride. Think about which streets to avoid based on traffic and how busy bike paths tend to be at the time you’ll be biking. There are plenty of nature based trails, like the Ardagh Bluffs, but keep in mind that hills and rougher terrain can be challenging.

Further, there are a few Barrie based cycle clubs you can join to connect with other two wheel lovers.

Firebird Community Cycle is not-for-profit Corporation, dedicated to the promotion of bicycle education and culture through the sustainable and accessible rebuilding, reusing, recycling and redistribution of all bicycle products. They meet and bike regularly and provide access to bicycle ownership and maintenance for those in need.

There’s also the Barrie Cycling Club. Registration for membership is required, so be sure to check out their website if you’re keen to enroll.

What did you think of Biking in Barrie – Getting Started? Are you hitting the paths this week?

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What’s Happening @Grillicious?

Even if the day is cooler, what’s happening @Grillicious is HOT!

Order dinner on the heated patio where it’s comfortably warm to enjoy everything new and exciting!

Patio Opening Soon!

The staff hopes to have the extended patio open by April 1st with a celebration for that!

In the meantime the new pizza oven offers mega great taste!

Gourmet Pizza Now Available!

Bringing exquisite gourmet pizza to our city – there’s just so much to try!

We happened to discuss the new Bulgogi Beef pizza with Colleen.

Just What is Bulgogi Beef?

Bulgogi beef is crazy tender and juicy.  One of the most popular Korean Dishes, its tender thinly sliced caramelized beef cut from some of the choicest cuts.

Marinated with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame and scallions along with an Asian pear, – it’s slightly sweet and savory.

Bulgogi means fire and meat, traditionally grilled on a barbeque or griddle.

Sliced paper thin it’s a wonderful addition to top off a gourmet pizza.

Even Great Vegan Options!

The Bulgogi Beef Pizza at Grillicious, baked in the new oven on a traditional stone, the pizza comes in both Vegan and Regular gourmet styles.

Starting with a tomato sauce it’s layered with spinach, mozzarella cheese, spinach, kimchee sauce and of course Bulgogi beef.

The vegan style has a Bulgogi Tofu that tastes incredible!  Vegan cheese along with all the other ingredients gives us the best of both worlds!

Wanna' Play Pool?

Colleen let us know that the pool tables are open again and they’re excited to be seeing the regulars once more.

With all the options Grillicious offers we can dine on the patio overlooking the bay; order for home or even cater our group.

Want to taste gourmet in Barrie?  Try out the new menu at Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill!

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott

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Bring Your ‘Eh Game Quiz

Citizens of Barrie – Get your Game On!

Canada’s Top Mayor Award has joined forces with Mayors from across Canada to raise funds for Food Banks Canada Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Show creator Dawn Mucci, a local resident, who we know from past articles on our Barrie Uncovered website, explains:

“I was inspired by Mayors like Bonnie Crombie and Naheed Nenshi who were already doing great work in their municipalities to support their local food banks.  I wanted to amplify that effort by collaborating with Mayors and all Canadians to Bring their Eh Game on a national level to help those struggling with food insecurity.  Not only is the show fun and entertaining, but we also get to learn more about Mayors and their community’s best attributes as well as the people, places, and things that make their cities and towns special.”

This Sunday evening at 7 p.m. our own Mayor Lehman is playing his part!

TV host Adam Grow is hosting this fun and interactive game show that celebrates grassroots leadership, community, and hometown heroes.

And…apparently this last episode takes an unusual twist!!

100% of the donations from the show will support people living with food insecurity across Canada.

In speaking with Sharon Palmer, the new Executive Director of our Barrie Food Bank we were told that there are many clients who have lost their jobs or had hours cut back that need help to buy groceries. 

Numbers have shown more of our senior populations are coming  to the Food Bank for assistance too.   

In fact, during the months of January and February there were over 960 households requiring assistance with food.  This is up 60% over the same period in 2020.

So come Barrie – Bring Your ‘EH Game and support our Mayor!

While supporting the Food Bank Canada COVID Relief Fund!

Watch a teaser video on our Youtube channel here!

Scan the above QR Code and test your trivia skills!

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Introducing Sharon Palmer @Barrie Food Bank

Let’s meet the new Executive Director @ Barrie Food Bank – Sharon Palmer.

Sharon took time out today to meet with us and discuss what’s happening here in Barrie.

There are some Changes...

First and foremost Sharon let us know that due to COVID protocols there have been some changes made.

Barrie Food Bank, is asking for financial contributions rather than food itself from the general public. 

With  financial donations the Food Bank is able to purchase in bulk from local stores. 

They are also able to function with fewer volunteers and maintain social distancing in the warehouse to help ensure staff and volunteers stay safe.

She’s so thankful to the dedicated staff and volunteers that are in place and hold her concern for safety first and foremost.

The staff at the Barrie Food Bank are reaching out to collaborate with other organizations and social agencies in the city to assist as many people as possible each week. 

Sharon wants all Barrie Residents to be aware that this service is available and that they “Understand the Struggle!”

Their goal is to ensure no one in the community goes hungry!

Safety First for Everyone!

The Food Bank has set everything in place to safely deliver supplies from their shelves to clients’ cars via shopping carts, once again to ensure everyone is kept safe.

"We Understand the Struggle!"

There are many clients who have lost their jobs or had hours cut back that need help to buy groceries.  Numbers have shown more of our senior populations are coming  to the Food Bank for assistance too.   

In fact, during the months of January and February there were over 960 households requiring assistance with food.  This is up 60% over the same period in 2020.

Meeting Your Needs

The staff and volunteers work with a wide range of families, customizing the carts to the needs of each household.

The Food Bank supplies meat, dairy, dry and canned goods along with fresh produce; they include snacks for school age children and baby food and diapers for those with infants. 

Hours

The Food Bank is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. each week. 

During these more difficult times there is a modified process just requiring a short interview with staff requiring photo id and proof of residence and some questions to learn what your specific needs are.

Just take your identification and proof of address with you and let them take some of that weight off your financial situation.

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4th Annual Barrie’s Holi Fest – Barrie Indian Association

Barrie Indian Association is hosting its 4th Annual – Barrie’s Holi Fest., Festival of Colors on Sunday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barrie City Hall (outdoor, by the flags)  

However, one of the most colourful festivals actually known as Festival of Colour or Holi is a two day celebration known nearly throughout the world now.

The festival stems from pranks that Lord Krishna was known for.

It is said that he enjoyed throwing colored powder on the village girls and wetting them, making the village a riot of bright colors during the 2 day event.

 

Nowadays the colored powder is still thrown, but water guns are used to aim well and wet!!

Whatever your heritage – springtime in Canada is certainly worth celebrating! 

This is a virtual celebration that will be showcased LIVE on Facebook and Instagram of Barrie Indian Association.

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