Today we will talk some grownups stuff as we are adults (maybe you, not sure about our colleagues), so we will go into some advice to the best storage of your bike through the winter.
Garages, basements and even large closets all offer popular and practical options, but it’s important not to rest a bike’s tires on bare concrete for long periods of time. Otherwise, concrete will draw moisture from the rubber tires, drying them out, according to Ohio-based Century Cycles.
Does the bike need special preparations before being stored?
Yes! Definitely! You need to check all the points here and it will be great for your bike next spring. This is why we told that this are grownups things, we all enjoy the rides and less the work.
So, let’s start!
1. Lubricate the cables or chain
If you store your bike in an unheated garage, or outbuilding, then it’s a good idea to lubricate the cables and chain. To avoid problems with rusting or poor performance in the cables that may pop up in the spring, take a few minutes to lubricate also the cables that control your brakes and shifting. But if your bike will be placed in a heated room, this won’t be necessary.
2. Inflate the tires
Be sure to fully inflate your tires, especially if you are going to store your bike resting on its wheels and not suspended from a ceiling. 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. If your tires are flat, the weight of the bike sits there pressing down through the rims on one spot on the rubber all winter long. Over time, that can cause deterioration of your tire as the rubber can end up distorted and/or the tire can develop a weak spot in the side wall.
3. Don’t store the bike in the sunlight
Either you decide to hang it from ceiling or place it on its own wheels, the bike should be protected by direct sunlight, unless your windows are new and UV protected. The reason is that the sunlight can dry and split the side walls of the tires.
Other useful things you can do to store the best your bike are to wipe down tires, saddle and handgrips, inspect tires, wheels and brake pads and clean your chain.
But….If you want to skip all this work, you can simply take your bike to a bike repairs place and they do all this for you.
That’s should be it with the grownups stuff for today!
Either you would do it yourself or choose to go to the mechanic instead, don’t forget to take care of the winter preparations, that’s the most important.