Ride your bike

We mean it. Here's how. Remember to ride.

We mean it. Here’s how. Remember to ride more defensively – drivers aren’t expecting you on the roads.


Your Pashley doesn’t deserve to get eaten by salt, covered in grime and penetrated by water. So find a beater. Make sure to lube brakes, gear cables and your chain. A lot.

Snap up some fenders – they’ll keep your ass dry and you won’t wreck your clothes.

Make sure you have a decent light.

Start out slowly. When your body isn’t warmed up, the frigid temps take a toll on your joints.

Leave more time to brake.

Avoid streetcar tracks – they’re worse in the winter. Ditto metal bridges, plates and even painted lines.

Layerered clothing is key – base layer, mid- and waterproof shell is standard.

Footwear has to be waterproof.

Good gloves are a must.

Balaclavas are great, or try a good, thin toque under your helmet. Lose the hood – it impairs vision and channels air into your jacket.

The city offers a comprehensive breakdown at toronto.ca/cycling/bikewinter/index.htm for those adapting to winter riding and hosts a Coldest Day Of The Year Ride, January 30 (toronto.ca/cycling/bikewinter/coldest-day-ride.htm).

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