PARK OUTSIDE, OR LUG UP AND DOWN STAIRS?
May 24, 2006
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I live on the third floor of
an apartment building (no elevator) and lugging my bike
up and down each time I want to ride can be a hassle. Because
of this, I don't ride as much as I like to.
So now I park my bike (all the time)
at a nearby outdoor bike rack. Problem solved! Not really
. . . now I worry about it getting rusted because of the
rain. If I cover it with plastic bags, will that prevent
rusting? Do they make bike covers? My bike is 10 years old
and in decent shape. No rust yet. How long or how much rain
will it take to rust it? Should I just stop being lazy and
carry it up and down the stairs all the time? Thanks for
Keep on biking!
I will indeed keep on biking, if I
can just get away from this dang computer.
I recommend keeping your bike indoors
if at all possible. Constant, overnight parking in the rain
will rust the chain, cables, and derailleurs pretty quick.
And even if you manage to protect the bike from moisture (either
by lugging it up on rainy days or covering it), regular overnight
parking outdoors makes your bike a thief magnet.
You can do a few things to ease your
Youll find this stuff illustrated
in my book, Urban Bikers
Tricks & Tips, along wih other bike-storage tips
for apartment dwellers.
- Before lifting your bike, remove baggage you might
have attached to it and sling the baggage over a shoulder
(if needed, affix a carrying strap).
- Push your seat down so it doesnt hit the ceiling.
(Having a quick-release seat post helps.)
- To lift your bike, while standing alongside it lean
over it, grab the bottom of the seat tube, then stand
up. This way, you can use just the muscles of your legs,
not your arms.