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6 ways to survive winter cycling in Montreal

11/04/2014 11:42 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST
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.

Happy cycling!

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