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How Do You Keep Your Bike Clean in the Winter?

There’s a pretty good discussion going on in the “How To” Group regarding making sure your winter bike stays clean if you are using it in the winter time.

Bikeroo has posted some pretty funny photos of people who are rather, um… extreme *cue rock guitar wailing* in keeping their bikes clean:

There are also some good tips being discussed by BikingToronto members, and links too!

Chicago Bike Winter
http://bikewinter.org/tipsAndResources/bikemaintain.php

Mountain Bike Tips
http://www.bikekinetix.com/bike_tips/winter-bike-maintenance.php

How do you keep your bike clean in the winter?

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Oct. 13: New in the BikingToronto Forum

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 05:21 PM PDT

The first pic in that post is my favourite.. her shoes match the table base she’s wearing – how stylish. I have a milk crate sitting out in the balcony that I was going to use once I got a rack but di… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

My Ride is

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 04:54 PM PDT

You’re welcome. I used to ride the boy version of your bike :PClick to read more in the Forum >>>…

Rites of Passage – Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 02:21 PM PDT

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:42 AM PDT

Very cool. How did you guys score these bikes from Specialized Canada? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Rites of Passage – Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:23 AM PDT

It may be cool to do up an “urban cycling” routes of passage for people (male and female) who bike to work, or do utilitarian (running errands, visiting friends) cycling. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 11:12 AM PDT

On Saturday I purchased a decent-sized basket for my rear rack from Kensington Market ($35) and a Bell collapsible trailer from Craigslist ($100). The only time I drive my car currently is to go to my… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 09:41 AM PDT

Here’s my Globe bike, like Duncan I get to trial one: I’m still need to get some bungy cords to make the front carrier functional, but I’m sure there’s lots of solutions. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Councillor Walker wants Mandatory Helmets and Bike Licenses

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:45 AM PDT

Bob Mionske weighs in on licensing cyclists at Bicycling Magazine: License to Ride By Bob Mionske The transition from summer to autumn has been a tough time for Toronto cyclists this year. On August 3… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

My Ride is

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:38 AM PDT

Nice bike! Thanks for sharing. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Rites of Passage – Bicycling

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:37 AM PDT

Joe, your addition is great. Even when I walk in dripping wet, helmet still on, I get asked, “Did you ride your bike all the way here?” A friend of mine read this list and wanted me to point out that … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

How We Carry Stuff on Our Bicycles in Toronto

Posted: 12 Oct 2009 08:29 AM PDT

For just a few dollars I’ve been able to increase the cargo moving capacity of my loan bike from Globe. Bungee cords and a wooden crate are as close to a trunk as I’ll get on a bicycle: … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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Oct. 9: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Rites of Passage – Bicycling

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 01:47 PM PDT

From Duncan’s City Ride: I can still remember the day I rode a bicycle without training wheels. My family lived in Saskatchewan, in a town with more cows than people. I’d been hounding my mother to ta… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 01:13 PM PDT

I guess I’m lucky that there are only about a half dozen cyclists on my commute. I have had a few people push from behind to run a red light on their bike, and just can’t bring myself to yell, “Hey, w… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 12:50 PM PDT

I stop at red lights to enforce my habit and because pedestrians are unpredictable. Not a big deal, it gives me a break and I grab a drink. I also feel like a sucker when I’m stopped at a red light an… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 11:40 AM PDT

failure to stop, but i had stopped, even put my foot down, and when the pedestrians had crossed I continued even though the light was still red but as I was crossing the top of a “T” I didn’t see the … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 09:50 AM PDT

Oh, I totally agree, but I figure we should start talking about it now to help people get prepared. :)Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 08:09 AM PDT

Yah, and they’ll sell them to you cheap! Because by the next day they will already be mass producing them under a different trade name and shipping them off to other markets on the other side of the w… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bike stolen out of my locked vehicle

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:54 AM PDT

My road bike was stolen out of a locked SUV Oct 8, 2009 – also screwed up the passenger door lock in the process. Leader 780R Frame – dark blue frame Easton EA50 handlebars Thomson 4 bolt aluminum ste… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicyclists on the road treated no better than deer

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:09 AM PDT

In Ontario the rules of the road simply state that a safe passing distance be observed by motorists. Here’s one very good reason why a specific distance needs to be established and enforced everywhere… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:03 AM PDT

Great advice, although I’m hoping I won’t need any of it for at least a few more months! … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 07:00 AM PDT

lOCk, that was probably one of the most informative posts I’ve read in ages. Thanks! I used to work in the inline skate industry. Some of the smaller companies couldn’t afford to create a whole new sk… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 06:40 AM PDT

HAHA! I know all about these… They are “30-day Wonders”… It’s wonderful if something doesn’t break before the 30 day warranty is up. These scoots are assembled in the city of Yongkang in Zhejiang … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

5 Ways to get You and Your Bike Ready for Winter

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 06:33 AM PDT

Winter cycling may sound hard and/or crazy… but here in Toronto it’s surprisingly easy and enjoyable… helped by the fact that we have milder winters than most of Canada. Here are some tips to get … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

What Do You Ride?

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Speaking of scooters… here’s one on King West with a little seat apparently Google Street View Scooter on King West … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

“Scramble” Pedestrian Crossing at Yonge & Bloor this Friday!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 04:16 AM PDT

More articles about the new Scramble Crossing going in tomorrow at Yonge & Bloor: Post: Yonge-Bloor enters age of diagonal Star: Scramble eases pedestrian pressure Globe: Walkers get more green, d… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 08 Oct 2009 12:50 AM PDT

What was the ticket for? … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

queen and peter red light ticket trap!

Posted: 07 Oct 2009 11:44 PM PDT

i was traveling west along the unbroken sidewalk and not very fast either, i had stopped to let the pedestrians cross. bikes need secondary signage in these silly situations where what makes sense for… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…
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Oct. 6: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Bumpy road for Bike Station

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 02:55 PM PDT

Sorry for the cynicism, but I think this may be representative of the problem with how the city handles cycling infrastructure. Sometimes I think doing it in a half-assed way does more damage than not… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bumpy road for Bike Station

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:52 AM PDT

From the Toronto Star… a column about the challenges that have confronted (and have yet to confront) Toronto’s first Bike Station: Bumpy road for bike station It is the kind of facility planners an… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Celebrities Biking Toronto

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 08:25 AM PDT

The celebrity gossip rags apparently cover everything… and they seem to love that Rachel McAdams loves biking Toronto. This “GossipGander” story came through some twitter feeds I follow: A solo Ra… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 07:19 AM PDT

Maybe they should do a bicycle blitz for motorists, were they stop car traffic to hand out Pamphlettes on how to respect cyclists and then have a day where they ticket the motorists for doing things l… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Bicycle blitz slated for 54 Division (O’Connor and Danforth)

Posted: 05 Oct 2009 04:08 AM PDT

I know what you mean Todd. I’d LOVE to see an article that where a reporter sits at an intersection and counts the cars who don’t come to a “full and complete stop”. It’s the Sun, so I don’t really ex… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…



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Oct. 4: New in the BikingToronto Forum

Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 02:40 PM PDT

Great article from RaiseTheHammer.org: Myth and Reality of Cycling and Safety Too much of the car-vs-bicycle debate is overrun by myths and rank misinformation. Myth: Cyclists don’t pay for the roads… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting – Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 09:38 AM PDT

Oooh, that is not good news about cars parked in the bikelane. … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Advertising on the Forum

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 09:34 AM PDT

The BikingToronto Forum runs advertising. This is to cover the costs of running and hosting the site. A portion of all revenue received via advertising goes to the BikingToronto Fund, which gives mon… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Yonge St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting – Tues, Sept 29th @ 11:30am

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 07:46 AM PDT

I biked this the day after the opening. It was full of cars from the hotel parked in it. Apparently the hotel driveway wasn’t enough. We can paint lines on the road, but we need better enforcement to … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Cycling’s Enemy is not the Car

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 06:58 AM PDT

@lock – I agree but I think perhaps my (or rather the original author’s) choice of the word ‘idiot’ is the problem. I think for the majority it isn’t a problem of intelligence but of a willingness to … Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

Wheels of love turn slow but true

Posted: 03 Oct 2009 06:26 AM PDT

Cute piece in The Star. Note that the writer’s name is almost “lonely”: Wheels of love turn slow but true Oct 03, 2009 04:30 AM Sydney Loney Special to the Star When Barry Fraser met Karen Robock fo… Click to read more in the Forum >>>…

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