I have officially decided to continue to commute by bike throughout the 2012-2013 Montreal winter. Most people have told me that I'm crazy. Ha! I did a bit of easy googling and found a bunch of blogs by people who bike during the winter in snowy climates.
I did not consider doing this until I was at school last Wednesday and it started snowing...a lot. I had biked to school, so I needed to bike home. On my way home on the quite icy streets, I wiped out. I then knew that I wanted to do winter biking. The wipe out didn't hurt. I knew it was coming because there was no way I was going to be able to have any traction on the ice. I was going very, very slow and I fell. I felt so young again! (Like when I snowboarded all the time before it could "hurt my career".)
I took the metro the next two days while reading up on winter biking safety. I found it funny that all winter bikers say to not dress too much because you sweat while biking and it is bad to sweat too much in the cold. People who are non-bikers keep saying, "Aren't you going to freeze? You should wear more clothes!" Ha!
I also learned that the best snow bikes are hard tail mountain bikes with low tire pressure, but I will have to make due with my road bike. I found this great way to make homemade snow tires! The icy roads have melted since Saturday, so I won't do that until after break, but I'm pretty pumped. I also learned that I should be able to put my feet on the ground immediately. That wouldn't work with my 30-year-old stir-up pedals. I also needed to bite the bullet and get some good biking lights. For the extreme cold, I will need a pair of snowboarding goggles (Adam said mine are long gone...argh...) and a biking face mask.
This weekend, I did some minor shopping and bought my bike some new pedals and bike lights! Here are some pictures and the product reviews: