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Old 02-01-16, 05:03 PM
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Where in the house do you keep your bike?

I've just gotten back into regular cycling with the first new bike I've ever bought with non-paper-route money -- a Trek 7.2 FX.

Where's the best place at home to park it overnight? I've been storing my ancient ten speed in the garage, but the Trek is a bike I actually like and ride.

Should I worry about cold, humidity, varmints? Is it overkill to bring it inside?

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Old 02-01-16, 05:16 PM
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Cold, no. Humidity, possibly. Varmints, probably not.
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Garage (!) for both our tandem and single bikes.
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Main ride goes in the front hall by the front door.

The rest are hanging from the ceiling in the garage.
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Old 02-01-16, 05:40 PM
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In my apartment living room, by the window. Nowhere else to keep it without risking theft. Not a problem, although occasionally I need to wash the wheels after a messy ride before taking it inside. I keep a mop bucket, scrub brush and Dawn dish detergent handy for that.
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Old 02-01-16, 06:13 PM
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Cold or varmits are not a problem. Humidity is not a problem unless the garage is in some sort of extreme (it's very unlikely).

The reason to keep the bike inside the house rather than the garage for most people is just a question of theft. It really varies by area though. I've known people to get their bike stolen out of their garage because they left their garage door open "just for a second", I've heard of people driving off and leaving it open by accident, and sometimes thieves will break into a garage overnight.

I couldn't say whether it's worth the extra hassle to bring it inside without knowing where your garage is, your area, etc etc. As long as I have my own garage (it's not a shared garage or something) I leave most of my bikes in the garage, only bringing my super expensive bike ($3,500) inside the house.
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I guess I'm really lucky in some aspects. Kids are gone so I converted one bedroom into a bike shop where I work on, build and refurbish bikes. Several are in there now and my Marin commuter lives in the living room by the front door.
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I keep mine in the dining room. Of course, it's right near my record collection, so I might have a different kind of dining room than you have. But basically, it's right off of the entry hall so that I can get it out easily. So wherever you keep it, I would advise to keep it someplace near a door so that it's easy to get outside.
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Cold or varmits are not a problem. Humidity is not a problem unless the garage is in some sort of extreme (it's very unlikely).
I don't know if they have changed grease, but high heat like in an Austin garage used to cause the grease in STI shifters to separate and get gritty. That made shifting not work right.

Below freezing may well gum up your grease also.
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Old 02-01-16, 06:36 PM
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Hanging from plastic coated bike hooks from ceiling and several parked near the hanging ones in my garage.
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When I lived in Atlanta and we had no garage my bikes stayed in the house, just inside the back door.



Now we live in Florida and they stay in the garage. I have two of these — one for each bike. No problems with heat, cold or humidity.
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If you Ever open the garage door for any length of time, have the Bikes locked Up in it, so they wont get Stolen.
Worry about Those varmints..

... I have a Mud room/entry, inside the front door.. the bikes I use most are in there.
then there's another door to the rest of the House.


road bike hangs upside down from the wheels, in the back room ..



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Old 02-01-16, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
I don't know if they have changed grease, but high heat like in an Austin garage used to cause the grease in STI shifters to separate and get gritty. That made shifting not work right.

Below freezing may well gum up your grease also.
I think we're getting into a lot of speculation there. My assumption on the first one is that it's fringe case where a design flaw in the grease they were using caused the problem. For the second one, grease comes back to normal once it warms up again.
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Old 02-01-16, 07:09 PM
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Nothing wrong with the garage. I'm storing a Trek Emonda SLR, Trek Madone 6.7, Trek 8.5DS, Scott CR1, Cervelo P2, Gary Fisher Excal and a Gary Fisher Presidio in mine.. along with my hobby car. Bikes are mine and my sons.
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Current daily use bikes live in the garage. That's usually two. Rest normally reside in basement workshop.

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Four single bikes and one tandem live in our garage. Always above freezing.
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My bents share a garage bay with my tractor.
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My expensive bike lives in the guest room and irritates my wife every day. The rest are in the garage. I am concerned about theft.
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We keep them in the spare bedroom/office. No garage and we worry about humidity on the porch.
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I keep the special ones in the sunroom all year long. The Trek 820 MTB is on the porch.
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Garage. The only unpleasant thing is working on the bikes during the winter.

The living room is for musical instruments. Priorities.
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I live in an upstairs apartment with no outdoor area to lock up my bike, so mine lives in my living room It's as much a part of my life as anything ever will be, so I have no issue with it being front and center.
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Right now there are 11 bikes back home in Indiana in my basement, one in the garage and one here with me in Florida.
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Garage. What was advertised as a 3-car garage is, in fact, a 1-car and 9-bike garage....
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Usually, my CAAD sits in the living room, against the bookcase behind our couch. No issues from my wife about this, I clean the tires with a quick wipe down before I roll through the front door after my rides.The garage is not a problem though, as far as extreme temps, never a problem with anything from this issue. My work stand, spares, and tools are there. If I need to work in my bike this is where it is. Besides, the garage already has a full house generator, my Yamaha YZ 425F, our assorted yard tools/yard tractor, and the paints and other home improvement items taking up space. I am not even sure we have parked a car in that place in the 18 years we have lived here. I really need better lighting in there, working on this one.

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