Hello there, I'm Zach from the south side of Chicago. I've been trying to get into road cycling for a few years but it never really worked out financially until now. Feeling a little guilty for buying a $300 Vilano instead of supporting my LBS but my current financial situation wouldn't allow for much more. After a few rides and a new seat I finally got the drivetrain running right and wheels trued out. Starting to build a fitness base right now and looking to get into criteriums next year when I come back from school (I go to Western Illinois). Anyways, I've been lurking here a while and decided it was time to make an introduction!
1 quick question: At Western it is strictly enforced that you cannot have your bike in your room. Now I'll probably bring it up before the first freeze and keep it stored at home until the weather picks back up, but for the time it is at school it's going to be outside 24/7. Aside from doing extra cleaning and keeping everything lubed is there any other small precautions I can take to protect it from the elements? (Also, I'm assuming water getting into the hoods could severely damage the shifters and so those need to be covered?)