an anti-winter-cycling question (storage)
I don't mean that as in "I don't like winter cycling", and I think there's relevance on this forum :o Though, if need be, I can see this being a better General Cycling or Mechanics question. Just thought I'd try here first without cross-posting.
I've got a few bikes, one of which I'll probably retire for the MN winter in favor of another bike currently in my basement, to be used as my winter commuter (see, winter cycling YAY! :) ), but I'm concerned about a couple of things.
Any reason to think that leaving extra bikes out on the non-insulated, but enclosed porch is bad? For example, longer periods of really cold temperatures WITHOUT using a bike = not so good for the tires?? Do tires ideally need to be ridden regularly in bitter cold to prevent brittleness? Or am I just being over-protective of my rides :D ?
Also, I'm getting mixed messages from a couple of LBS people regarding the storage of things like tires. Currently, I have a few piled up in the basement and need to store some more (like when I swap them out for my new Nokians (winter cycling, hurrah! :) ), but I've heard that this is bad, due to ozone produced by furnaces (mine's a new high-efficiency well-vented natural gas forced air furnace). Another guy said that the dark is key to preserving the life span, but that the basement should be fine, just not on the floor (!??)
Even if the obvious answer is that I'm over thinking this too much, my question still stands. Anybody wanna take a crack at theorizing the best practices for season-related tire storage, so as to get the longest life out of each pair?