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Old 12-19-05, 06:00 PM   #1
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proper way to store a bike for the winter?

I keep my bike in my basement, the wheels are on the cement, is this a good idea? The tires are losing a bit of air, is this due to the way the bike is stored? Can leaving tires on the cement damage the rim or tires?
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Old 12-19-05, 06:48 PM   #2
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If your basement is damp, that may have an effect on bare metal. I have stored bikes for years on cement garage floors with no problem. Just do not let the tires go flat as that would be hard on the tire sidewalls and tube.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:00 PM   #3
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Mine only see's the garage & basement for cleaning, maintenance, & trainer rides.
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My bikes have their own kitchen, 1/2 bath and living quarters.

You might want to just rotate the wheels every so often -- so that the same section of tire isn't in contact with the bare concrete over the winter season (or, better yet, just throw down a little plastic sheet under the wheels). Other than that, just cover them up if there's any dust in the air, etc. You'd be surprised at the difference between a bike that's covered and one that isn't over time.
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I keep my bike in my basement, the wheels are on the cement, is this a good idea? The tires are losing a bit of air, is this due to the way the bike is stored? Can leaving tires on the cement damage the rim or tires?
Concrete absorbs moisture, i.e. it is a moisture magnet, and that means it will dry out your tires by sucking moisture from the rubber used in making the tires. I learnt this the hard way. After about a year or so of storage on concrete, my tires were all cracked-up. Now I hang my bikes off hooks attached to ceiling studs, and no problems at all.
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mine is out in the garage hanging on hooks.
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mine is either on the street while I ride it or in the garage. Sometimes in the kitchen for maintenance when it is too cold out. My wife loves that one.
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Old 12-20-05, 12:08 PM   #8
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Concrete absorbs moisture, i.e. it is a moisture magnet, and that means it will dry out your tires by sucking moisture from the rubber used in making the tires. I learnt this the hard way. After about a year or so of storage on concrete, my tires were all cracked-up. Now I hang my bikes off hooks attached to ceiling studs, and no problems at all.
I don't know how much water is in tire rubber, but I suspect it's not much. Besides, tires are successfully used in desert climates and they seem to work fine. Considering that the humidity inside the typical heated dwelling in winter is drier than most deserts, I think concrete is the least problem to worry about. Besides, a basement floor is, if anything, fairly damp as the cooler temperatures and surrounding moist soil tends to supply moisture.

Bike tires lose air because the tubes are not impermeable to air. This is normal. You might top them off every week or so if you like, or not. It doesn't make any difference one way or the other.

Your bike may safely sit on concrete if you like. Where do you keep it during riding season? My bikes sit in the garage year round on concrete except when I'm riding them on concrete and asphalt streets or dirt trails. But 90%+ of the time they're on concrete.
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Old 12-20-05, 05:39 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies everyone. supcom, during riding season I keep it in the basement on the concrete as I do now.
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I keep mine inside my apartment year-round. That way I don't have to wake up at 3 AM wondering if some meth-head is jacking it for his next high. It also keeps it new and shiny looking, which is why I used to keep it inside in the suburbs.
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mine is either on the street while I ride it or in the garage. Sometimes in the kitchen for maintenance when it is too cold out. My wife loves that one.
Me too. Except I use the living room for maintenance year round. Heated and air conditioned. My wife is not really thrilled but oh well. She's spoiled in her own ways too.

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First you must coat the entire bike in WD40 (dipping is preferred if you have a large tank) otherwise use a turkey baster and a large brush. Also ensure you derailers are adjusted to relax return springs, but not fully relaxed as you don't want the shifting getting lazy over the winter.
Then you must hang the bike by its front wheel. Put the hook opposite the valve stem, unless the moon is 3/4-full in which case hang at the valve stem. Then every 8hrs you must rotate the wheel 1/3 of a turn and re-hang. After 24 rotations, switch to the rear wheel adhering to the moon phase rule. Remeber to exercise your derailers between rotations (we don't want lazy shifting!) and keep tires between 65-95% max pressure, but only top off during a wheel rotation. Maintain 55-70F 30-45% RH.
If you follow precisely your bike will be as ready as you are in the spring.

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Old 12-21-05, 01:09 PM   #13
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mine is out in the garage hanging on hooks.
I vote for the hooks too. 6 bucks at your local ardware store. Bikes are happy while hanging.
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Until they fall off.
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mostly due operator error .... try bigger screws on the wall. Mine are not falling ... trust me on that one ....
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I must be lazy ...

- wipe off dry worms in the fall, toss in basement corner.
- wipe off dry spiders in the spring, pump up tires, lube chain, then ride.



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I don't store mine long term, since weather is rideable--I use the term liberally, year round in central Oklahoma. However, when not riding, I keep it stored outside under my porch overhang. I live on 5 acres out in the country--theft is not much of a concern for me. When I'm on the road (a lot), I keep it in the garage stored on hooks--it keeps it out of the way.
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under your ass you wuss! why aren't you riding? ohhh... it's too cold... waaahhh... do you know what i would give to be able to ride my bike right now?
Dude, he's in Winnipeg, Canada. That's beyond cold--that's just plain frigid compared to Nacadoches. By the way, I've go a soon to be coworker living in Nacadoches who's moving up here to the OKC area at the beginning of the year.
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Merton.. One of the heros of Boston sport is from your home town. You know Dempsey by any chance?

We don't get too many bitter days on Cape Cod. Usually in the 20 or 30's which really doesn't take long to adjust. Wind will really put a crimp in riding. Riding year round is not that big a deal. If one is a regular commuter, (not extreme), you may miss 40 days or so a year because of the weather.

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I keep mine inside my apartment year-round. That way I don't have to wake up at 3 AM wondering if some meth-head is jacking it for his next high. It also keeps it new and shiny looking, which is why I used to keep it inside in the suburbs.
What makes it worse is the meth head will sell it for much less than its worth. To me, that just adds insult to injury.

Me? I keep mine in the garage. It is hanging on my repair stand.
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