hey all - my 1st non-intro post on this forum. ("party of one")
anyway, my apartment is small and i have to leave my bike outside year 'round (chained to a post in front of my door). this is the 1st year i've had a bike here in japan, and i notice that last season's new chain is already rusted. admittedly, i didn't do much to it in nov/dec/january, but i was surprised at how quickly it rusted since it was new and well-oiled from the previous season, and everything was pretty clean. off course, the rear sprocket has some rust spots, so maybe the chain caught it from there
so... anyone have any tips on preventing this? was it neglect? should i oil/lube more regularly even when i'm not riding due to weather? what about storing under a cover (like a tarp)? does this help or hurt? sorry if this sounds a bit naive - i've always stored bikes indoors during the off-season previously. oh - we had a lot of snow this winter, but the bike is protected by an overhang from anything but windblown stuff.