Canadian Tire replaces Toronto man’s bike after theft threatens his Ramadan project
A surprise gift has put a Toronto man back on the road, after a bike thief frustrated his plans to pedal to 30 mosques in 30 days during Ramadan.
“This could have been a Metropass ending,” said Himy Syed, whose beloved bike was stolen while he napped inside a downtown mosque last week. “It isn’t going to be.”
Landon French, Vice President of Community Relations at Canadian Tire, said they were happy to see a positive ending and will be following the project closely.
Their contribution is a cloud-grey Schwinn model Hydra with lots of gears, a super-light frame, and a comfortable seat, retailing for about $350.
And Syed is careful to note that not just any bike would do. A smoother ride is a necessity during Ramadan, he says, when he fasts from sunrise to sunset, and rides on an empty stomach.
Each night, Syed breaks his fast at a different mosque, blogging about the history and culture of Muslim communities across the GTA. He says he hopes the project will break down the stereotypes between Muslims.
Syed says he’s been “deeply appreciative” and overwhelmed by all the support and kind messages he’s received, and jokes that he’s not sure how to respond to people offering him help.
But for now, he’s feeling giddy as he describes his new wheels, already primed for a spin out to an Ethiopian mosque Sunday evening.
“I’m smiling as wide as Queen St!”