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How to Store a Bicycle During the Winter or Off-Season
Riding a bike is not only a great form of exercise, it is also a great way to see the beautiful early fall foliage all throughout Georgia. The gorgeous leaves, corn fields and weather that fall brings is entirely unique from any other season. Unfortunately, fall is also the time to think about storing your bicycle during the winter months.
Follow these bicycle storage tips to keep your bicycle in the best shape for your next season of summer rides:
1. Clean Your Bike
2. Inspect Your Bike Frame
3. Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains
4. Inflate Your Tires
5. Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location
Bicycle Storage Solutions and Tips Even the Pros Can Use
- Clean Your Bike: Before storing your bike, it is important to ensure it is clean. Use a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt and dust from the frame. Next, take a cloth and run it over the frame of your bike removing any spots the brush may have missed.
- Inspect Your Bike Frame: If left untreated, a bike frame that is already damaged before going into storage, may have further damage after being removed from storage. Take the time to look for any rust, cracks or damage to the metal. If you notice signs of damage, take care of it before placing your bike into storage.
- Lubricate and Clean Cables and Chains: Lubricate the cables on your bicycle to prevent any rust from forming during the winter months. Clean and lubricate your chain to remove any dirt or dust that may have accumulated during your long bike rides.
- Inflate Your Tires: If you are storing your bicycle standing on its wheels, be sure to properly inflate the tires before storage. Over time, the weight of the bike can cause dead spots to form on your tires, making them unusable. The best way to fight this is to ensure your tires are properly inflated.
- Store Your Bicycle in a Secure Location: When storing your bicycle, take into account the items that are located around the bicycle. If you store your bicycle in your garage, is it possible that a shelf or heavy power tool may fall on it? Take care to store your bicycle away from potentially hazardous items. If you’re concerned about the hazardous items you have on the floor of your garage, consider hanging your bicycle from the ceiling using bike hooks. Another issue bicycle owners may come across is thieves. Bicycles can also be worth a great deal of money, and can be seen as an appealing snatch for a thief. When storing your bicycle, store it in a secure location and out of the eyes of thieves.
Are you Looking for Somewhere to Store Your Bike During the Off-Season?
If you’re in need of a place to store your bicycle during the off-season, consider renting a storage unit! Storage World has storage units ranging in sizes from 5X5 to 10X30, perfect for storing anywhere from one bike to a whole fleet of bikes. Our storage units are monitored using a 24/7 camera monitoring system, so you can rest easy knowing your bicycle is under surveillance. Find a Storage World location near you or contact us today!