Student Survival Guide 2011 – Bikes !

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The Montreal Mirror puts out a great guide for students and the general public in September.  It covers everything from film and food to housing and employment. Included is an excerpt from the guide that goes over biking in the city. To see the full guide click here.

CYCLING IN THE CITY

From the Montreal Mirror – September 1,2011 – September 7, 2011 Vol.27 No.12

If you have a bike, chances are you’ll find it to be one of the handier modes of transportation in Montreal. For one, it’ll save you bus/metro fare and cut your walking time by hours. Below are some of the places to go for new or used bikes, and you’ll find a few places that do cheap tune-ups and even store your bike during the winter months. Beware that Montreal is notorious for bike thievery, so do every­thing in your power to protect your wheels. The BIXI bike-sharing program has been up and running for two years now, which is a great option for occasional riders and visitors. There is a $250 refundable deposit on your credit card, a ($5) daily, ($12) 72 hour, ($28) monthly or $78 (annual) fee, plus a charge for each half hour. The first half hour is free, and it goes up significantly after that. There are currently around 400 stations from NDG to Hochelaga, and from Villeray to the Old Port.

ABC Cycle and Sports Newly renovated upscale shop that’s been around since 1932. Pricey, but they do offer top-of-the-line equipment. 5584 du Parc (at St-Viateur), 276-1305

Bicycletterie JR Cyclery Friendly service. Offers repairs, parts rentals, storage and accessories. 201 Rachel E., 843-6989

Bikurious Montreal Casual atmosphere, knowledgeable, friendly staff and excellent service, and they offer lesbian haircuts to boot! 1757 Amherst, 313-7521, www.bikuriousmontreal.com

Brakeless Specializes in custom-made fixed gear and single speed bikes and streetwear. 5390 du Parc, 759-1251 or www.brakeless.ca

Cycle Pop The people’s bike shop. Buys and sells used bikes. Cheap repairs ($35 for minor alignment, break and gear adjustments) and for $70 you get a complete tune-up. Also offers bike storage. 1000 Rachel E. (by Parc Lafontaine), 526-2525

Cycle Technique Prices are competitive at this small shop near Atwater Market, and they teach a range of courses on bike mechanics and repair. Winter storage is available, and spring tune-ups start at $30. 788 Atwater, 937-3626

D’un sport à l’autre A Mile-End treasure chest of used sporting goods including bikes, biking gear and accessories. Regular tune-ups are $39.95. 173 Bernard W., 278-1909

Mile End Bike Garage Community-run bike garage that gives you access to tools and volunteers for a $5 monthly fee. Open Mon–Fri 6–9pm, Saturday 4:30–9pm. 135 Van Horne, 2nd floor, www.crasseux.com/bikegarage

McWhinnie Cycle Old-school cycle lovers. Great service. 6010 Sherbrooke W., 481-3113 or go to www.mcwhinnies.com

Recycle Bicycle 5501 de Maisonneuve W., (514) 486-2453

Right to Move (La Voie Libre) A working group of Concordia QPIRG, RTM offers bike repair workshops to the general public. Workshops are free, but the organization gratefully accepts donations. Volunteers are on hand to help you fix your bike on the spot. They also recycle bikes. Located at Concordia’s downtown campus, call (514) 999-4885 (open nights Mon-Fri, 6–9pm) or go to www.rtm-lvl.org

SantroVélo Bike Workshop The community organization Santropol Roulant has a volunteer-run bike co-op with parts, tools and advice where you can fix your ride for $5 a pop, or $15 for the year. It’s open Mon-Thu evenings 5–7:30pm and Sat afternoons 1:30–5pm. 111 Roy E. (side alley)

SOS Vélo 2085 Bennett, 251-8803

The Flat McGill University’s bike collective offers free access to tools and volunteers as well as cheap parts and workshops. Located at McGill’s downtown campus in the Shatner building, room B02 (open Mon-Thu, 5–7:30pm) or visit theflat.wordpress.com

Vélo Villeneuve Small neighbourhood repair shop specializing in fixed gears and single speeds. 75 Villeneuve W., 282-8356 or visit velovilleneuve.com

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