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    Tips wanted for keeping your bike outside...

    Hello all,
    I'm a new rider. Pretty much the only time I have to ride is after work before the wife gets off work, and before we have to pick up our little girl from day care.

    Due to daylight hours, I was considering taking my bike to work, riding afterwards, then coming home.

    So my question is this, should I be concerned about my bike sitting outside for 9 hours in the sun/rain/etc? Are there any preventative things I should do that will help my parts last longer?

    Last question, should I cover my handlebars to help preserve the bar phat? (btw, i'm refering to my road bike)

    Thanks in advance for the feedback...

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    My old commuter bike sits outside every day. I cover the seat (Brooks leather) if there is rain on the forecast but that's about it.

    No need to cover the handlebars.

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    Since you're taking your bike to work, can you possibly bring it inside the building?? That would also help keep your bike yours longer.
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    Well you coup put a tarp or something over it to protet against rain, constant water exposure will cause rust which is not a great thing

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    Thanks for the tips. I work in a low crime area that is under camera coverage. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by timhines
    Thanks for the tips. I work in a low crime area that is under camera coverage. :-)
    All the more reason. Complacency is a bad thing

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    An inexpensive Bar B Que cover will keep your bike snug & dry if you have to leave it outside in the weather.
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    Here in Texas, the damage comes from the sun, not the rain. The sun eats up tire sidewalls, and rubber and plastic parts, such as brake lever covers and seat covers. So, it is worthwhile to park in the shade.

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    I'd say do what you can to bring it inside. I have a winter beater bike, and happen to live in sunny Los Angeles, but I do try to minimize the amount of time my bike sits for several reasons. First, she's my baby and the idea of anything happening to her just hurts me, and two its going to last longer with fewer problems.

    As was said, water and sun can damage a bike pretty quickly. Take pride in your ride!

    I know I do. I get yelled at by sercurity and shopkeepers all the time for bringing my bike inside.
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