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Old 04-03-13, 05:43 PM
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When storing your bike...

Say your storing your bike for the winter and you won't be able to ride for a few months. If you don't want your tubes to stretch because of the high pressures, should you let all the air out or will it be fine? Also, should you put the gears into small (front) and small (rear) to relieve cable tension and prevent cable stretch? Should you just loosen the front and rear derailleur cable nuts? Or just leave it in which ever gear you have it in?

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Old 04-03-13, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jowilson View Post
Say your storing your bike for the winter and you won't be able to ride for a few months. If you don't want your tubes to stretch because of the high pressures, should you let all the air out or will it be fine? Also, should you put the gears into small (front) and small (rear) to relieve cable tension and prevent cable stretch? Should you just loosen the front and rear derailleur cable nuts? Or just leave it in which ever gear you have it in?

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Yes.


The only thing I would do is "unweight" the tires if there was no air in them.
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Old 04-04-13, 06:57 AM
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Why would you expect your tubes to stretch because of the pressure? It is the tyre that restricts their expansion, when encased in a tyre they are nowhere near their potential "stretch". In any event, if you leave the bike alone for a while they will lose some pressure naturally. And cables aren't going to stretch to any material extent just because they're under constant moderate tension.

In general, you're overthinking this to a massive extent. Clean it, lube it, hang it up.
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For winter storage, I do like to get my tires off of a cold, damp concrete floor by hanging the bike up. I don't know if tires would deform or dry rot just sitting, but it gets the bikes up and out of the way and it couldn't hurt as far as the tires are concerned. As mentioned, lube the drivetrain and cables before putting your bike away. I have heard of shifting into the small/small combination or removing the chain, not because of cable stretch but to take the tension off the rear derailleur spring. Don't know if this really matters or not, but it's easy enough to do.
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I just put winter air in the tires
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Old 04-04-13, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I just put winter air in the tires
Winter air? What is that? Just cold air?

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Old 04-04-13, 08:45 PM
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The tubes are not going to stretch. That does not happen. None of the cables or springs are going to care if they are under any tension or compression. On a bike, these forces simply are not that great.

If anything, do a quick cleaning and lubrication. If the tires are going to go flat and stay flat for a while, it might be worthwhile to hang the bike.

Or you could just keep on riding through those balmy Arizona "winters."
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Old 04-04-13, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I just put winter air in the tires
This requires a special pump, correct? My uncle had one of these in the late-70's.
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Old 04-05-13, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
This requires a special pump, correct? My uncle had one of these in the late-70's.
No. True winter air is only found in the far north. You can order a box of it to be delivered but this is expensive as shipping is calculated on the size of the box rather than the weight. If you have a friend that lives in a noorthern area invite him to visit you, and when he is sleeping, sneak out with a connector hose and transfer all his natural winter air into your tires, then pump his up with your regular summer air. Then you can laugh quietly to yourself when he leaves to go back home because only you will know what a great disadvantage he will be at!
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Old 04-05-13, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
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Me, too. But if I weren't so lazy, I'd probably do the things you suggested. They're all good ideas.
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Old 04-06-13, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jowilson View Post
Winter air? What is that? Just cold air?

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You've got to go to a bicycle shop and buy it ... ask for a CO2 cartridge called "Winter Air".
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I'm pretty sure tubes are crosslinked thermosets, meaning their shapes won't change. You can pump them up to twice their diameter, wait for years, let the air out, and it would retain its shape.

And cold air would only make it harder, less elastic. That's about it.

as for cables, just keep them away from moisture...
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I keep my bikes in a shed which is well sealed off from the outside weather (even though it only gets as cold as 50ºF where I live), but I'm sure it will help in a lot colder temperatures. My shed is also dry (air), because (i was told by a friend) humid air can rust bikes/components, which is why he keeps his bike in his house and not his garage.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
You've got to go to a bicycle shop and buy it ... ask for a CO2 cartridge called "Winter Air".
Environmentally responsible shops will also have a refillable bulk tank
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I use summer air,specifically July/August air in my mountain bike in the winter to help keep the tires warmer to melt snow and aid traction.
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Pay no attention to the previous "humorous" "advice". Just hang the bike from a hook in the ceiling but be sure to hang it by the front wheel. If you hang it from the rear wheel, all the blood will run to the head tube and will cause your bike to suffer from a head tube ache.
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words of caution: be sure to use your summer air before they expire. They usually have a shelf life of 2 months, 3 months if you get them while they're fresh, and the weather permits.
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Some quick google searches led me to believe that winter air is fake... .
Anyway, another reason I thought of putting the gears in to the small-small combo is to relieve the spring tension on the derailleurs. Do derailleur springs fatigue over long periods of time?

Or here's a good argument: Taking the seat post out. Those things are a pain to get out if they cold weld...

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Release tension on the shifter cables by shifting, it can't hurt. A well greases seat post should have no problem over winter stored in climate control.

A good cleaning and hanging it up should do the trick.

Besides that, I always like to sharpen my chain rings so they are fresh and ready for next season
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