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    question from the Windy City

    hello! i am new to this forum - i am not a serious rider, just got a bike when i lived in santa monica, ca b/c i loved riding around in my neighborhood and at the beach (on the paths not the sand). i have a trek navigator 100 and moved it out with me to chicago last year. anyway, i haven't used my bike since i moved to here (sadly) and had it sitting outside on a porch - the porch did have a roof, but my bike was still effected by the elements. i know - NOT smart on my part. i finally dealt with it today b/c it was 37 degrees out instead of below 0, and cleaned it as best as i could - the handlebars were slightly rusty but i wiped them off with a sponge and coke and the rust came off (got that tip from this forum!). i also wiped down the rest of the bike but wasn't able to really get in and clean the chains or anything like that. i guess my questions are:
    *how damaged do you think my bike is from being exposed to the elements for a year?
    *also, i was putting it inside and when i squeezed one of the brakes, it snapped in half!! it doesn't look rusty - could this be b/c it was frozen too many times? is that expensive to repair?
    *also, should i just keep my bike inside my tiny apt, OR get a cover that zips up all the way and put it back on the porch? i saw one at brookstone.com that looked decent
    clearly i'm not at a pro on this subject so i'd greatly appreciate any help! thanks so much! k

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    Hi Rookie!

    Let me see if I can go through your points...

    Your bike should be quite salvageable even after sitting for a year outside. Most of the problems will be surface rust (although if you did a lot of riding at the beach there could be sand and grit in the bottom bracket and elsewhere).

    I don't think that the cold affected the brake, but that's a new one on me! If you have a photo of the brake, we could probably tell you more about the replacement cost.

    You probably want to keep your bike inside if possible. A cover like that will keep the moist air inside, and make your components rust again!

    Welcome to BF!

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    thanks for your quick response east hill! i just realized i was only supposed to post an introduction here and not a question. oops! well, i attached two photos of my brake on my handlebar - it was a bit tricky to get a close up without blowing out the photo with the flash - i also tried to draw an arrow to the point that it snapped. let me know your thoughts. thanks!

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    Sorry, Rookie, I wandered off for a few hours of sleep. This looks like something that the Bicycle Mechanics forum might be able to advise you on. I don't think it looks like a major expense to repair, though.

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