6 ways to survive winter cycling in Montreal
Riding in the winter just needs some more preparation
With frigid temperatures settling in over Southern Quebec and snow soon to be a regular feature in the forecast, cyclists thinking of getting around on two wheels can do so safely and comfortably by following some simple tips.
CBC Daybreak spoke with Marissa Plamondon-Lu, owner of the Bikurious cycle shop in Montreal about how to stay warm and safe.
Here are some tips:
- Mental preparation: Cycling in the winter takes a whole new head space. Make sure you realize winter biking is a whole new game when the snow starts to fly and ride accordingly.
- Stay dry: Proper clothing, and equipment such as mud guards and fenders can help keep you dry and warm on those wet, slushy days.
- Equip your bike: Wider tires will offer more stability and different brakes offer better stopping capacity in the cold.
- Good and greasy: Salt and grit from slushy roads can severely damage your bike parts. Be sure to use a heavier lubricant to protect chains, gears, etc.
- Second bike: Kitting your bike out for winter can be expensive to do it right, so you might want to think about a second bike if you have the space to store it.
- Stay safe: Make sure you use good lights and wear bright clothing. The sun sets earlier in winter and cyclists are harder to spot in the driving snow
- To ride or not to ride: There's no rule stating you have to take your bike every day in the winter. Take a day off if the weather gets really rough.