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hybrid bikes, comfort bikes, road bikes, kids bikes & trailers, tandems. Professional bicycle repairs, bicycle parts & accessories.

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hybrid bikes, comfort bikes, road bikes, kids bikes & trailers, tandems. Professional bicycle repairs, bicycle parts & accessories.

YUBA to the fleet!

Yuba Mundo

 

After spending six years testing many of the cargo bicycles available on the market, Ma Bicyclette is very happy to welcome the YUBA MUNDO to their team!

Upon arrival to Ma Bicyclette, the Mundo was put to the test by the owners and their two sons (ages 6 & 7) who have spent hours cycling Montreal upon the flagship long tail cargo bike. Here is their feedback:

*The Mundo is surprisingly light, extremely stable and very user-friendly.

*The Mundo’s center stand is reliable and offers important hands free freedom from your upright, fully loaded bicycle. Now you can leave your kids safely in the back of your upright bicycle while you attach your helmet or answer your phone, or hell, just tie your shoelace.

*There are some very interesting accessories available to customize your Mundo as well, from the generous side cargo bags (I can fit a weeks worth of groceries in there) to the front load basket (case of beer, no problem) to the click in and out baby seats.

Ma Bicyclette is happy to offer families visiting Montreal the freedom to explore this tremendous cycling city with their kids with the help of the Mundo.

The Sweet Spot cushions on the full-sized Mundo allow an adult to carry two children in the back ($19/ hour or $60 / day), while the compact Mundo with YEPP baby seat allows you to ride safely with your precious little one ($15 / hour or $45 / day). *helmets and locks included in the rental cost*

Come by Ma Bicyclette to test-ride the Mundo.  We are so sure that you’ll love it that we will apply your rental cost towards your purchase price.

If you enjoy the outdoors and know how much more efficient and pleasant life can be on a bicycle, then we know you’ll appreciate doing it all with your kids. Yuba Video

 

A spring tune-up

Personable, bilingual staff

Whether you realize it or not, a spring tune-up is beneficial for your bike for a number of reasons and can actually save you money and wait times.

After a winter season in storage your bike may have collected dust and dirt. Grease and lubricants become less effective, especially around the smaller mechanisms such as your shifters, hampering easy shifting. A good clean will not only make your bike shine, but ensure every component functions freely. A good spring tune-up also ensures that your wheels are free of any contaminants, which, can affect braking power.

Even if your bike looks great, some components could need replacing. For example, without the proper tool, it’s hard to tell if your chain and cassette are worn out. If they are, this may affect gear shifting or prematurely wear down your crank-set. Another example is your brake pads or your tires: they could very well need replacing.   Replacing worn out components on your bike in spring ensures that you won’t have to worry about it in the middle of the summer, when turnaround times can be longer.

Whether you are an avid or  occasional biker, spring provides a perfect opportunity for an upgrade. Maybe you’re looking to improve some of your existing components, or perhaps you just want to add accessories such as a kickstand, fenders or back rack. In any event, getting these things dealt with at the start of the season, means more time enjoying the improvements.

A good spring tune up is important from a prevention standpoint, allowing professionals to pick up on any unforeseen mechanical problems you might not catch. It is also important from a “taking care of business” perspective. By getting your bike set up properly out of the gates – you will enjoy more joy time and less wait time.

~Ariel

Winter Biking…what to wear

Dave on a Fat Bike

We’ve covered the bike…now for our bodies.

For winter biking (and most outdoor activities) a layer system is ideal. The first layer, closest to the body, should be made of synthetic materials to evacuate sweat and moisture as efficiently as possible. The second layer provides warmth and should therefore be of a down or synthetic material. The last layer is your protection against the elements. Wear a windproof soft shell that’s breathes. It can also be waterproof, but keep in mind it will breathe less. Layered clothing is versatile as you can easily remove one of the layers if you are too hot. Layering clothes is also the best way to shed sweat and moisture away to stay dry and warm.

Protect your hands and feet. There is a lot more wind once you starting moving on your bike, so you should get yourself a pair of warm ski gloves.  Gloves also make it easier to manoeuvre your bike gears.  As for your feet, get a pair of waterproof and insulated winter boots. If you are wearing regular winter boots, you might want to consider changing your pedals for mountain bike studded pedals. They are larger which will accommodate larger boots, and the studs will offer better foot retention. If you have clipless pedals on your bike, you can get winter boots designed for them. However, keep in mind they are generally more expensive than a regular pair of winter boots.

Pant-wise you have multiple options. You can choose to wear wind and waterproof adjusted pants (such as cross-country ski pants) or a waterproof pair of pants over your regular pair of pants. If the road is dry, you can simply wear long johns underneath your everyday pair of pants.

Last things to consider. Don’t forget your helmet! Your best option is a wool skull cap or a balaclava, thin enough to wear underneath your helmet. If you’re considering biking in snow storms, a pair of ski goggles is a worthy investment. It’s sometimes hard or impossible to see in front of you with snowflakes and wind blowing in your eyes.

-Ariel

Locking ma bike

Bike Lock

In some instances, it is unfortunate that “where there is a will, there is a way”.  A example of this unfortunate slant on the saying is when it is applied to a bicycle thief stealing your bicycle.   Unfortunate as it may be, it remains a reality.  All we Innocents can do is to focus on complicating the process so much so, that Scumbag decides to move on to the next prospect.

When it comes to bike locks, you get what you pay for.  Cheap locks generally mean cheap security.  There is the recommended 10% rule – which states, that you should invest 10% of your bike’s value on a bike lock.   Though there are several styles of locks available, many professional lock testers lean consistently towards U-locks and/or chain locks.

U-Locks (D-Locks): It’s important to select the right size for your bike. You need to be able to lock your bike to something secure, yet minimize a thief’s LEVERAGE potential (think bodyweight & crowbar).

Chain Locks: These locks have tough links designed to stop leveraging and resist hacksaws and chisels. They can be heavy and bulky but are considered a good deterrent.

*The best scenario is to consider two U-locks, or a U-lock and a chain lock. Most U-locks will fit your bikes frame and rear wheel. A second lock will protect your front wheel.

Look for: Locks made with tough materials capable of weathering the elements. Locks that are light enough to transport or that come with easy-to-use mounting bracket. Locks with manufacturer’s ratings & antitheft protection plan.

Wheel/Seat Skewers: Anti-theft skewer sets allow you to disable your quick release wheels & seat post to ones that require a special wrench to open. This is a great deterrent to bike thieves, but you need to remember to cycle with the magic tool in case you get a flat.

Maintenance: remember to inspect your lock regularly and use a good water repellent if needed (WD40) eg: once every two months – the last thing you want is for your lock to seize, especially with your bicycle attached to it.

Try to lock your bicycle in a well-lit area, with as much foot traffic in the area as possible – preferably where there are other bicycles. Do not lock your bicycle to a chain-link fence (think wire cutters). Be sure to remove any items from the bike that can be easily ripped off. Lights, gps, odometers. Be sure to remember your combination or key for the lock.

About Bike Lights

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Lights are one of the KEY components that keep you safe during dusk or night time riding. Bike lights can essentially be split into two categories, depending on where you will be cycling.  1) Off Roading requires lights that illuminate the ground, a.k.a. mountain bike lights, and, 2) Urban Riding requires lights that will illuminate your path and make you visible to fellow cyclists and vehicles you encounter along your path.

  1. Mountain bike lights are about power. They need to light up unlit trails and illuminate obstacles such as roots & rocks. They need to have a much higher output of light, usually have a shorter run time and are generally much more expensive. Handlebar lights should have several hundred lumens of output.  It’s a good idea to look for high-capacity lithium ion batteries and smart chargers.
  2. Urban areas usually require more of safety light to ensure your visibility in dimly lit situations.  Factors such as weight & battery life are more important than power.  The number of LED (light emitting diodes) and whether they use rechargeable or disposable batteries will determine the price point.

Did you know? The SPVM (Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal) requires that all bicycles have at least one white headlight at the front of your bicycle and one red light in the back of your bicycle during nighttime riding. Failure to comply can result in a 37$ ticket.

The SPVM also requires that all bicycles have at least: 1) a white reflector in front, 2) a red reflector in back, 3) a yellow reflector on each pedal, 4) a reflector attached to the front wheel, 5) a reflector attached to the rear wheel.

About a helmet

HELMETS
So…you’ve been wearing the same helmet for fifteen years. The one you spray painted to complete your Storm Trooper costume. Well, time to be thinking about flipping it upside down and turning it into a hanging basket for your thriving spider plant. While replacing a helmet every 3 years is perhaps overkill, by 5-6 years and you’d be best shopping around for some replacement ideas. If your helmet has endured ANY substantial impact (including accidental thuds down the staircase), it should be replaced immediately. Helmets are designed to endure ONE hard impact.

1) the right fit: Kids helmets should not be bought to “grow into”. Some pointers: No side to side wobble & no front to back tilting should be going on. There should be no helmet movement when you shake your head in any direction.

2) wear it right: The visor (if it has one) goes in the front. Be sure to wear your helmet so that the helmet sits level across your mid forehead…approximately two fingers width above your eyebrows. The straps should join under each ear and at the jawbone. You should be able to slide two fingers under the chin strap. More, is too loose and less, is too tight.

3) proper certification: Before you purchase any helmet, make sure it has a certification sticker from the CSA, EN, ASTM, CPSC or Snell B90/B95

Extreme temperatures can break down the foam in your helmet and make it less shock absorbent, so avoid storing your helmet in direct sunlight or in the hot trunk of your car.

Winter Biking

Winter Biking
Winter Biking

Winter Biking

Winter brings with it the end of the bike rental and bicycle repair season at Ma Bicyclette.  This does NOT have to mean the end of your biking enjoyment!! More and more people are biking throughout our four seasons  in Montreal, so why not give it a try???  Read on to catch some of our top tips and tricks to encourage happy and safe winter riding.

CHOOSE YOUR BIKE: Winter riding conditions can be harsh. Think salt, dirt and water, which, can wear down your components and even damage your frame. It’s time to store your favorite bike, and opt for that reliable stead you have as backup.

TYRES: Choosing the right tyres is especially important in wet and snowy conditions. Most of the time, roads are clear of snow and ice, but you should be equipped for the worst possible conditions. Your best choice is a studded tyre (like the Marathon Winter). With their metal studs, these types of tyres provide the best traction on ice. When there is no ice on the streets, you simply add pressure to prevent the studs from hitting the asphalt. It is also possible to use regular tyres. Some prefer knobby tyres (mountain bike-style tyres) but the important thing is the quality of the rubber. Usually, the more expensive a tyre is, the better its grip. Wider tyres can be ridden with less pressure, which, in turn provides you with more grip.

FENDERS:   are a must! They will keep you dry and protect you from water and snow.  For maximum protection, be sure to invest in a set of fenders that cover the entire length of your wheel.

DERAILLEUR: Single speed and fixed gear bicycles are becoming increasingly popular. One of their advantages is their low level maintenance.. During the winter months, your cables may rust inside their casings and water and dirt may seize your derailleurs. If you have a derailleur on your bike, be sure to keep it clean and lubricated. Same goes for your cables. A little chain lubricant goes a long way.

BRAKES. Disc brakes are the best in terms of power and performance. If you’re riding with rim brakes, you can change your pads for ones designed for wet conditions for better braking performance. With a fixed gear bicycle, you have an additional way to brake with your legs which can control your rear wheel.

Last, but not least, DON’T FORGET TO USE LIGHTS to make yourself visible to other road users. Use a front white light and a rear red one.

Have a good winter!

-Ariel

Don’t let your bike sit outside this winter

Winter Bike Storage
Winter Bike Storage

Heated, secure site. Pro-mechanics care for your two wheeler.

Year after year we’ve seen it – the faces of hundreds burdened with guilt over having left their bicycles outside over the winter. Sheepishly they thrust their heavily rusted two wheelers towards our mechanics – looking hopeful, looking for forgiveness. Here are the facts: IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE TO LEAVE YOUR BIKE OUTSIDE OVER WINTER THAN TO STORE IT! Replacing parts in the spring can be costly, not to mention a very lengthy process (spring tune up wait times). Save your two-wheeler!

Ma Bicyclette (Old MTL) is offering $99.99 winter bicycle storage. Storage dates are open ended (June 1 @ latest), professional tune-up included in the price ($45 value) and our secure, heated boutique is centrally located.

For those of you who need to store their bicycles in an unheated garage, outbuilding or under a tarp on their balcony:

5 BARE MINIMUM STEPS TO TAKE
# 1 Wipe Down the Frame. Make sure your bike is free of grime, grease and dirt before storing it. Rag, light soap, not too much water – get off as much dirt as you can.

#2 Inflate the Tires. Fully inflate – especially if you are going to store your bike resting on its wheels. If you store your bike in an unheated garage, you can take the tires off and bring them inside to a heated area. This will protect the rubber on the tires. Avoid storing your bike in direct sunlight as it can dry up and split the sidewalls of your tires.

#3 Lubricate the Cables. Take a few minutes to lubricate the brake and shifter cables.

#4 Grease your quick release skewers: this will prevent them from rusting inside the axles.

#5 Clean & lubricate your chain. You can use a cleaner / lubricant like BIONET+(available at Ma Bicyclette)~ apply, let sit five minutes and then hold a clean rag lightly around the chain as you pedal backwards.
If steel-frame bicycles are left in an unheated garage the metal can get cold enough for condensation to build up inside the tubing. This causes big time rusting. It’s best to store these bikes in a heated area, or pre-treat the steel frame with rust-proofing oil.

Ma Bicyclette (in Old MTL) is ready to care for your bike this winter.  Storage dates are open ended, professional tune-up included in the cost and our secure, heated boutique is centrally located.  Spare yourself the spring-time tune up wait times.   You’ll be ready the second the spring is.

Riding a rental CARBON bike in Montreal is now possible

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Yes, we listened to you, our customers!    We are now renting the extreme performance Cannondale CARBON series road bikes Supersix Evo Carbon and Synapse Carbon.

EVO is designed for the serious road racer.

 

SupersixEVOcarbon105

Synapse Carbon is an endurance bike for people who live for the love of the ride. If you are fit, serious, high-performance riders but set your sights beyond the tightly defined world of the pure racer this is the bike for an all-day-epic ride.

Cannondale Synapse Carbon at MaBicyclette

Constructed with the flex to give and the snap to go, Synapse is an ideal blend of compliance, rigidity and weight and redefines “endurance”

The Tour de l’Île de Montréal, Sunday, May 31, 2015

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Rent a bike for The Tour de l’Île de Montréal, Sunday, May 31, 2015 and you will be happy that you had a ride in comfort. This event has 3 versions.

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28 or 50 km

Classic version: 50 km of car-free streets, ideal opportunity to see and experience Montréal in a different way. The same pleasure is possible over a shorter distance, via the 28 km route.

Départ : avenue du Parc, 9 h 15
Relais : km 19, 33 et 41 (km 19 sur le parcours 28 km)
Arrivée : parc Jeanne-Mance

50 km Express

Accelerated version where, first to leave, cyclists travel at 30 km/h for 1½ hours on closed-off downtown streets route of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal.

Start: Parc Avenue, 9:15 a.m.
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

65-100 km Découverte

The morning route allowing cyclists to literally bike around the island and discover the Montréal shoreline with the possibility of shortening the route to 65 km. The first 75 km take place on a marked route open to motorists and the last 25 km on the regular car-free route of the Tour de l’Île.

Start: Parc Avenue, between 7 and 10 a.m.
Lunch Area: km 65 or km 36
Rest Areas: access to Rest Area 2-Le lait (km 79 or km 49) and Rest Area 3-Desjardins (km 87 or km 57)
Finish: Jeanne-Mance Park

pour s’inscrire, allez sur le site

http://www.veloquebec.info/fr/govelo/tour-de-ile-de-montreal

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