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How to Winterize Your Bike in Toronto

How to Winterize Your Bike in Toronto

1. Clean Your Bike After Every Use

Much like dirt and grime, snow and ice seep into every nook and cranny of your bike gears and frame. If left unattended, this ice and dirt and salt (especially the salt!) can reduce the lifespan of your bicycle and cause rust. If a winter is particularly bad, failing to clean your bike for even a month could cause damages that can require repair before your bike can be usable again.

Some experts advocate for a full cleaning after every use, but simply using a soft brush to brush away visible snow, ice and salt can make a world of difference. A simple brushing after every use prevents any build up and ensures that any wear on your bike is minimal, if there is any at all. 

2. Lubricate Your Bike After Cleaning

This step goes hand in hand with keeping the parts of your bike free of any nasty buildup. It's an important first step to clean your bike, but follow up by lubricating the moving parts so they can work smoother.

Also, after a long ride, be sure to check all parts and seals for damage. This includes brakes, chains, and derailleurs. You can use this time to check for any possible damages, dings, dents, or paint scrapes while while applying the lubricant.

3. Choose the Right Lubricant

Not all lubricants are made the same. Using the right type that is resistant to the cold weather, water, and dirt is essential. Choosing the most effective type for the harsh Toronto winters will not only make your bicycle ride smoother and last longer, but also make it safer for you to navigate the ice slush-ridden streets.

There are specific types that are formulated for winter weather. These types last longer and prevent damage due to freezing conditions.

4. Install Studded Tires to Your Bike

Much like a vehicle, bikes benefit from more traction in the winter months. Installing studded tires not only protects your bike, but also keeps you safer while riding. Winter conditions cause roads to be wet and slippery, so taking the extra step of installing studded tires is beneficial for both the condition of your bike and your safety while riding. They can be noisy on dry pavement, but can be extremely helpful on icy pavement.

5. Care for Your Bike Frame

Making sure the frame of your bike is in sturdy shape during the winter months is another important aspect to look at. This is especially true if the frame of your bike happens to be made of steel, which can easily be eroded by rust from snow and slush.

To winterize your bike frame, simply spray WD-40 into any holes in the frame, paying close attention to the seat tube. This will prevent any water from causing rust inside the frame.

It is important to note that WD-40 is not an appropriate lubricant for the moving parts of your bike. In Toronto, it's easy to find what you need to winterize your bike, so finding an appropriate and effective lubricant is easy. Speak to your local Toronto bike shop specialist for more details.

Need Help Preparing for the Winter?

If you're in Toronto and want to make sure your bike is fully prepared for winter, visit our bike shop in Toronto today. With our $10 repairs and inspections, we can prepare your bike for cold temperatures. 

And if you want more helpful tips, the City of Toronto also wrote a cycling safety tips guide for winter cycling here.

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