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    Winter prep and storage for heavily chromed bicycle

    It's getting close to that time of year to put my Pinarello Montello into winter storage. In the past few years all I've done is wipe down everything with a WD-40 soaked rag and hung it in a relatively dry basement. My concern is the mild humidity normally found in a basement along with ozone exposure from the typical appliances in a utilitity/laundry room. Would the bike be better off hanging in the attached unheated garage? BTW, I am located in northern Indiana. Would Pledge furniture Polish be better protection than the WD-40? So far I have not had any issues with the chrome during winter storage but the Vittoria Rally's are getting that dark yellow aged look. They are 6 years old so I guess that's probably normal. What do the rest if our C&Vers do with their fair weather only bikes through the winter months?

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    Keep it in the house.

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    Does chrome "go bad?"

    Seems to me, chrome only gets hozzled up when it's scratched or when it's REALLY let go.

    Am I wrong in that observation?
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    Basement? Pshaw! That's what living rooms are for!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    Does chrome "go bad?"

    Seems to me, chrome only gets hozzled up when it's scratched or when it's REALLY let go.

    Am I wrong in that observation?
    It can start pitting under the right atmospheric conditions. It also depends on the quality of the chrome. Some of the current stuff coming on low end bikes come from the factory already rusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    It can start pitting under the right atmospheric conditions. It also depends on the quality of the chrome. Some of the current stuff coming on low end bikes come from the factory already rusted.

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    I just think of the lower end 70s bikes with chrome fork tips that still look new, but the rest of the paint that nicked, rusty and ****ty.

    With that beautiful Pinarello pictured above- assuming that's good chrome (), is the idea to keep condensation from forming on it- so not a lot of heat up cool down in a moisture rich environment?

    The reason I ask, I've been formulating my secret plans for my "dream bike." It's gonna be so chromey it's going to sizzle the eyeballs of anyone that dare gaze in its direction. These 'proper chrome care' threads have been of interest to me- especially as I thought a quality chromed bike is going to be a more durable finish than paint.
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    I think I'll keep storing it in the basement and use the lemony Pledge for protection instead if the stinky WD-40.

    Any tips on tubular tire preservation over the winter months while storing in the basement?

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    Wax is good. Pledge contains no wax.

    Bikes should be stored in a heated space. I keep my good ones in the house.

    Last edited by Grand Bois; 10-05-13 at 10:40 AM.

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    [QUOTE=Grand Bois;16134789]Wax is good. Pledge contains no wax.

    Well that sucks! I just googled "does Pledge contain wax?" And you are correct! When did it change? Does it still protect the paint and chrome? Time to research the other furniture polishes to find on that does contain wax in the same price range.

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    Pledge won't protect it. Keep using WD-40.
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    I would think the humidity would be a lot worse down in the basement. The extreme cold of your winter garage isn't going to be good for your tires, but the air is drier out there, most likely. Probably less likely to get stolen form your basement, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    I would think the humidity would be a lot worse down in the basement. The extreme cold of your winter garage isn't going to be good for your tires, but the air is drier out there, most likely. Probably less likely to get stolen form your basement, however.
    I'll keep doing what I was doing. WD-40 has not failed me. Our basement is pretty dry due to being 3/4 finished along with dehumidifier. Our neighborhood is pretty darn safe and not too many people around here even care about an old fashioned steel bike .

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    I use Johnson's paste wax on my table saw top. High humidity will
    rust that if there was never any paste wax on it. Not sure if it would
    harm the chrome or not. You can use it on wood furniture also!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Yeller View Post
    I'll keep doing what I was doing. WD-40 has not failed me. Our basement is pretty dry due to being 3/4 finished along with dehumidifier. Our neighborhood is pretty darn safe and not too many people around here even care about an old fashioned steel bike .
    Changing temperatures in the garage will cause condensation on the metal. Hopefully the basement stays about the same temp. Basements can be very dry, or very damp. Usually the furnace running in the winter will keep that room relatively dry. But can't really know from here. One indication of a dry cellar would be that you don't need to use the dehumidifier in the winter.

    I have a "Rolling Rock Beer" Cruiser by Schwinn. I covered it with wd-40 one winter. 1) It has stickers on it (not water transfer decals) about the beer etc. The wd-40 melted the glue on the stickers. The first time I wiped something off I damaged some of the stickers. The others seem OK now. NO wd-40 on it for the last few years.
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    Our basement stays pretty dry. The dehumidifier is there just in case. In the summer the central AC will sweat quite a bit and will cause dampness. The WD-40 is only wiped on the chrome so no worries of it affecting paint or decals. I just wish there was something to put on the latex sidewalls of the tubular tires. They look as old as the bike after only a few seasons. They are cheap Rally's so I may just spring for new next year even though they seem to have a lot of life in them. They are also very smooth vs. the lumpy reports I have read. Don't want to replace good "old" looking tires with lumpys.

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    I don't see the big concern you keep it inside not riding for most of 8 months the rest of the year no real concerns, so why would 4 months hung up inside be a big deal.

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    My '71 Frejus is fully chromed, so I'm kinda interested in this topic too. I agree with WD-40 if that's handy, & I also really like Liquid Wrench chain lube, for a rejuvenator & sealant. You definitely need to clean it up, if there was ever paint on the chrome, but once it's fully cleaned, the chain lube can really spiff it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Yeller View Post
    Our basement stays pretty dry. The dehumidifier is there just in case. In the summer the central AC will sweat quite a bit and will cause dampness. The WD-40 is only wiped on the chrome so no worries of it affecting paint or decals. I just wish there was something to put on the latex sidewalls of the tubular tires. They look as old as the bike after only a few seasons. They are cheap Rally's so I may just spring for new next year even though they seem to have a lot of life in them. They are also very smooth vs. the lumpy reports I have read. Don't want to replace good "old" looking tires with lumpys.
    Hanging the bike and taking the weight off of the tires will help keep them from getting cracked and worn at the bottom where they touch the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
    Hanging the bike and taking the weight off of the tires will help keep them from getting cracked and worn at the bottom where they touch the ground.
    +1 hanging the bike up on nice hooks by the top of the frame takes the stress weight off of parts and wheels and tires reducing the chance of wear fatigue from being in on position for a long time. I have seen brought a couple of bikes that wear nicely hung in a heated house that where fine to ride after 10+ with almost no work.

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    My Pinarello does hang from the top tube so no worries there. It seems I'm doing everything right so hopefully other readers will gain from my inquiries.

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    What's wrong with using car wax on the chrome?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
    What's wrong with using car wax on the chrome?
    Nothing other than it dulles appearance a lot leaving a coat of wax between the chrome and viewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
    Nothing other than it dulles appearance a lot leaving a coat of wax between the chrome and viewer.
    That's two really bizarre posts in a row for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
    Nothing other than it dulles appearance a lot leaving a coat of wax between the chrome and viewer.
    After the wax hazes over you remove the excess just like when waxing your car; leaves them shiny and protected. I've used car wax on chrome auto bumpers that were parked outside in Western Washington for years with no rusting of the chrome.
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