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What to do (to the bike) if you don't ride as often during winter?

Old 10-31-10, 08:05 PM
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What to do (to the bike) if you don't ride as often during winter?

During the winter the use of bike will be much less often. If you don't ride for several weeks, should you still regularly lube it, and pump the air near full?
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Keep the bike inside out of the weather (warm if you can) and turn the wheels once a month (or hang the bike off the floor) so that the tires don't take a set from sitting in one spot.
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What I do is tear it all apart and replace all the bearings, lube, clean, wax. Then go skiing or ice fishing.
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I can't tear it apart...

Do I need to lube it once in a while?
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I can't tear it apart...

Do I need to lube it once in a while?
Warning: Nobody should use me as a model for maintenance. But here's what I've done for almost 20 years, and I haven't had any problems at all:
If I don't ride, I don't lube. The bikes i don't use in winter hang from a hook or lean against a wall from about November til April, and I go over them in spring before I ride. Flatspotting the tires, as another post mentioned, is a theoretical problem but I've never had it actually happen (I do keep them inflated enough that the rims don't squish them).
I ride a couple of bikes now and then in winter, but they don't get special treatment. I lube them when they need it (the chain before almost every ride, the hubs etc. no more often than in summer--water doesn't get in there much). If they get muddy or salty (they're both steel), I hose them off, bounce them and lube lightly.
Re keeping them warm, there are two schools of thought about that. One holds that warm air from inside the house will condense inside the tubing when you go outside, then the moisture will run down and pool in the lowest parts of the frame, causing rust. If the bikes stay outside all the time, that doesn't happen as often.
I dunno if it's true, but all my bikes are in an unheated shed (annual temp range from about 105 degrees down to zub-zero), and I've never had problems even with two steel frames from the '80s.
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If you just let your bikes sit in the garage over the winter, then make sure that you talk to them once in a while.
How would you feel?
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Personally, I would take it as a challenge to ride more in the winter.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Warning: Nobody should use me as a model for maintenance. But here's what I've done for almost 20 years, and I haven't had any problems at all:
If I don't ride, I don't lube. The bikes i don't use in winter hang from a hook or lean against a wall from about November til April, and I go over them in spring before I ride. Flatspotting the tires, as another post mentioned, is a theoretical problem but I've never had it actually happen (I do keep them inflated enough that the rims don't squish them).
I ride a couple of bikes now and then in winter, but they don't get special treatment. I lube them when they need it (the chain before almost every ride, the hubs etc. no more often than in summer--water doesn't get in there much). If they get muddy or salty (they're both steel), I hose them off, bounce them and lube lightly.
Re keeping them warm, there are two schools of thought about that. One holds that warm air from inside the house will condense inside the tubing when you go outside, then the moisture will run down and pool in the lowest parts of the frame, causing rust. If the bikes stay outside all the time, that doesn't happen as often.
I dunno if it's true, but all my bikes are in an unheated shed (annual temp range from about 105 degrees down to zub-zero), and I've never had problems even with two steel frames from the '80s.



Steel is real and will not contract/expand to the point of cracking in most human tolerated temperature ranges. Not so Aluminum.........
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Old 11-02-10, 05:48 PM
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I usually go through all the maintenance and cleaning over the winter. So far this year I've replaced the headset, cassette, chain and middle chainring. A complete clean & lube and getting two new tires is all that's left to do. Learn to do your own maintenance and collect the tools you need to do it. It's what the winters are for. bk
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If its paint- clean it and polish- If it is steel then cover it in oil and if its leather or Plastic- Don't let it freeze for long spells.

Only thing I do on steel and ally bikes is spray the bike with Water displacement oil (WD40 or the like) and let it stand for a couple of hours. then wipe it off. Don't get the saddle- tyres grips or Pads covered in oil but treating like this and it will last all winter. For the occasional ride out- I would relube the chain and go. Then after the ride- respray with wd40 and clean.

Plenty of other things to think of though like Lubing the inner cables inside the outers with a Dry Chain lube. Not letting tyres lose all the air in the tyres etc. but lube it and forget it. And if possible hang it up out of the way to save it getting pee'ed on by the dog or kicked by the wife because it's in the way.
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