Some places around montreal have free air for bicycles. Many people are riding around on nearly flat tires, even though they don't notice.
Putting air in your tires is job one before you ride.
Here's a few spots that offer free air for bikes.
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - The race track on Ile Notre Dame has more than a just a car-free 4 km track with perfect pavement in a beautiful setting. It also has two "Halte Cyclist" where there is an air hose and some basic bike tools. (The tools are attached with wire so they don't get stolen) The locations are 1 - East side - at the entrance to the track at the bridge across from the giant Geodesic Dome from Expo 67. 2 - west side - Between the Pont de la Concorde and the bike path off the island to the south shore at western tip of island, along the Saint Laurence There's a great view of Montreal from here too.
- Maison de la Cyclist - The home of Velo Quebec is located just north of Lafontaine park at the intersection of the Rachel bike path and the Axe-Berri bike path when it exits north of the Park.
- Bike Shop on Rachel bike path between St-Denis and St-Laurent.
I highly recommend a floor pump. It's hard to pump a tire with your compact bike pump that you carry on your bike. It is much simpler (and easier) to use a floor pump made for bicycle use. I have two: the cheapie MEC red thing, under $30 bucks, and a Zefal Husky, which is a heavy duty model that will last a lifetime that I got years ago.
To summarize, Go pump your bike tires, right now!!!