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How to Store Your Bicycle Long-Term

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When it comes to owning a bicycle, chances are you’ll have to put it away at some point. Aside from the obvious reasons like injury or the fact that it’s the wrong season to ride your bike, improper bicycle storage puts it at risk of unnecessary damage that could be expensive to repair. Weather and theft are possible when storing your bicycle outside in a shed, garage, or other storage facility. Fix and replace your bicycle as little as possible to save money in the future.

The benefits of storing your bicycle in a storage unit
By putting your bike away, you’re freeing up valuable real estate in your garage, backyard, or other storage area.
Store your bike in an area where you already have room for other things, like seasonal decorations or sporting equipment.
In a storage facility, your bike will be more secure and less likely to be stolen.
A bike rack will help keep your bicycle safe and secure while you’re traveling by car with it.

Prepare yourself for any issues that may arise when retrieving your bicycle from long-term storage. Any of the above-mentioned parts may need to be replaced if stored in the wrong manner.

Infographic on Bike Storage

Keep your tires off the ground with a bike rack or hook, but it’s not strictly necessary. If you hang the bicycle by the rim with a hook, gravity may eventually warp the rim. Instead of holding it by the handle, use the frame.

If you store your bicycle on the ground, make sure the tires are adequately inflated to avoid flat spots. Tires develop flat spots over time as the air pressure decreases. Rims and tire rubber are vulnerable to distortion due to bike weight.

Before putting your bicycle away, make sure the tires are inflated. Because air slowly leaks out over time, make sure you check your tires regularly.

Store your bicycle upside down so that the weight is distributed evenly between the handlebars and the seat, rather than on the tires and rims.

tire infographic for winter bikes

Check the frame for rust, cracks, and breaks before putting it away to make sure it won’t weaken while it’s in storage.

Wipe everything down – wiping down the frame gives you the perfect opportunity to check it and make sure nothing is wrong with it, as well as removing any excess dust, dirt, grease, grime, or moisture that may have built up.

Wipe down the seat, handlebars, and tires while you’re at it to keep your bike looking sharp.

the infographic frame for a winter bike

Breaking and applying brakes with chains
Rust can ruin your bike and cost you money in the long run. Keep your bicycle out of the elements by storing it in climate-controlled storage. Rusting can occur as a result of humidity and temperature changes.

Over time, chains amass a lot of gunk. Clean it off and reapply lubricant now is the perfect time.

Brake pads that have not been used for some time will harden and eventually need to be replaced. This is a simple fix, but it’s one you should know about and put to the test before you ride.

Check and lubricate all of the cables and chains to ensure proper operation.

Author avatar - Bradley Knight

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