WINTER BIKE STORAGE: COLD OR WARM?
February 2, 2006
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During the winter months should
I store my bike in a shed (very cold) or in my basement
If you answer is store it
in a warm place, what parts or components are damaged
by storing the bike in a cold place (out of the elements)?
Thanks. I enjoy your site.
The only problems you might have
with cold indoor storage involve moisture and corrosion.
If you put the bike away when waters
gotten inside particular parts or components, the water
might expand when it freezeslater causing a part to
work funny or fail completely. So if the bike has gone thru
snow, sleet, or slush, before it goes into deep freeze let
it dry out in a warm place for a few days.
Likewise, if your area uses salt
on snowy roads and the bike has gone thru it, salty slush
on the bike will have lots of time to corrode moving parts
(even in warm storage). To prevent winter salt assault:
After your bike has gone thru salted streets, spray down
moving parts with a moisture-removing solvent like WD-40,
let dry, then lube. For pictures showing where exactly to
apply solvent and lube, see the Maintenance Basics
chapter of my book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips.