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    Solution for bringing snow on the wheels into the house in the winter

    I keep my bike on a frame. Is there some sort of solution to this? some sort of drip tray under the rack maybe?

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    Go to your local hardware store and have a look.

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    Cardboard and newspaper was always my solution.

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    Aha! Another use for a canvas drop cloth from Sherwin Williams. Not too expensive either.
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    Rubber backed runner or entry way mat is what I use.

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    I brushed my bike and gave it a few squirts with my water water and some wiping with paper towels at work then parked it on cardboard. there's a lot of road grime that drips off, not just water this time of year, plus road salt! ugh. maybe you can use a dark colored towel which can be thrown in a clothes dryer
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    A boot tray under each wheel? Is the rack vertical or horizontal? I might be tempted to just leave it on the floor if you were going to have something underneath it where you can't store stuff anyway.

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    Move south.

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    Several solutions:

    -plastic crates: you can leave your bike on plastic crates until the snow has melted
    something like this with a better bottom


    -cat litter


    -bicycle brushes or any kind of brushes that you eventually fix on your bike's frame and that will clean your tires while you ride


    -shoe sweapers


    -vacuum cleaner put upside down


    -creme brulée burner


    -electric BBQ (not to use for cooking food later on, hopefully)


    -rocks

    -salt

    -tire cover

    -cardboard

    -bicycle trainer (waterproof)


    -electric concrete vibrator


    -air-blow ***
    [IMG]http://www1.huskyaircompressor.us/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/husky_******_grip_blow_***.jpg[/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
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    -bicycle brushes or any kind of brushes that you eventually fix on your bike's frame and that will clean your tires while you ride

    Gee, when I rode to work in the winter, snow would get packed halfway to my hub, not to mention the ice build-up at the bottom bracket. I'd bang it off as well as I could, then roll it in and suffer the consequences. That brush... good for daintily brushing off a light powdering?

    Air ***... Hmm... I think we're getting closer! drag the hose out the back door and clean off the bike with a 200 mph air stream!

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    Pressurized air or steam seems to be the best bet

    http://www.icedamcompany.com/service...-ice-steaming/

    ice dam removal using a steamer

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    Leave it outside?
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    I used to use carpet remnants that I got for free at the local carpet shops...in their dumpsters...too gunky looking...in the trash they go easily replaced by another...I use them in my workshop as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    leave it outside?
    heathen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by imi View Post
    heathen!
    No, more like warlock.
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    You could just wipe the wheels with your hand or with a cloth. You could even remove the wheels.

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    I have a Mud Room inside the front door , and a second door to open, before I enter the house proper .

    call a contractor and get the walls relocated.

    It should be part of the way houses are built, anywhere it Snows.

    You can make it welcoming, with a place for taking off your boots
    and to hang up heavy coats , mine has a window wall on the south side,

    so warm when the sun is out..
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    Actually, leaving the bike outdoors is the best solution, if you can come up with a safe spot to do it. Leaving it in the cold reduces the effect of salt and moisture, versus continually subjecting it to the freeze/melt cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Actually, leaving the bike outdoors is the best solution, if you can come up with a safe spot to do it. Leaving it in the cold reduces the effect of salt and moisture, versus continually subjecting it to the freeze/melt cycle.
    My unheated garage serves the same purpose.

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    IDK. My unheated garage can be pretty bad at times. It'll cool way down on cold days/nights and then when it warms up outside I get condensation on everything in the garage. I kept a few bikes in the garage unused for ~3 years and the chains were rusty despite having been lubed when put up. Bikes in the house dry off quickly and stay dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    IDK. My unheated garage can be pretty bad at times. It'll cool way down on cold days/nights and then when it warms up outside I get condensation on everything in the garage. I kept a few bikes in the garage unused for ~3 years and the chains were rusty despite having been lubed when put up. Bikes in the house dry off quickly and stay dry.
    IMHO, your garage needs to be better vented. Outside or in outside ambient temp garage, shed, barn, etc is a good way to store your commuter.
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    I bounce it on the porch to knock most off... Then leave it on a tile floor. Dripping and wiping take care of the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    IMHO, your garage needs to be better vented. Outside or in outside ambient temp garage, shed, barn, etc is a good way to store your commuter.
    Venting helps, but if it's colder in the garage/shed than ambient, condensation will occur. This happens in winter when a warm front comes though after a spell of cold high pressure. Heck sometimes I'll open the garage door in the morning and the vehicles all get covered with condensation, or all the windows will fog up on the outside as I drive off.

    Temp cycling with varying humidity is less optimal for storage than constant low humidity conditions.

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    How about vinyl rain gutter? It comes in 10' standard lengths - just put end caps on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Venting helps, but if it's colder in the garage/shed than ambient, condensation will occur. This happens in winter when a warm front comes though after a spell of cold high pressure. Heck sometimes I'll open the garage door in the morning and the vehicles all get covered with condensation, or all the windows will fog up on the outside as I drive off.

    Temp cycling with varying humidity is less optimal for storage than constant low humidity conditions.
    You need less insulation, or an open window in your garage.

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