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Old 11-25-11, 09:22 AM
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Mountain Bike Stored Outside

Got a Trek aluminum frame mountain bike I store outside. How much will the weather affect the bike over the long term? Do I have to worry about the repetitive heating and chilling of the frame causing metal fatigue or stress fractures?
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Old 11-25-11, 09:26 AM
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The frame is OK, everything else though........
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Old 11-25-11, 09:35 AM
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it sorta depends on where you live. if you live in wet cold humidity, it's not cool to leave it outside. if you live in warm, dry aridity, it isn't horrible. keep it inside if you can.
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Old 11-25-11, 10:23 AM
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I would never leave my Trek outdoors. Cept when I'm riding it.

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Old 11-25-11, 10:25 AM
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Pretty much what lubes said...

Frame will cope with temp changes OK. Many other parts on the bike will not deal well with temperature fluctuation, UV exposure, condensation and frost unless a rather rigorous maintenance campaign is enacted.

On the whole pretty much any Trek MTB frame made since, oh, 1995 is tough as nails.
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Old 11-25-11, 11:07 AM
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Alright. I guess we'll just see what happens.
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Old 11-25-11, 12:17 PM
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make sure to maintain your cables well, and your chain, and all your levers/knobs. seems like those are the things that will be effected most by the elements.
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Old 11-25-11, 05:16 PM
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All of your nuts and bolts and other small metal(non-aluminum) parts will rust. Make sure you hit them regularly with WD-40 or something.
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Ditto on the WD40, it's a life saver. When I used to winterize my motorbike in an unheated, detached garage (NJ) there wouldn't be a spot of rust on the machine come Spring. My gardening stuff would eventually rust out.

I'd also keep the bike covered to reduce condensation. Do they sell bicycle covers?
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Old 11-25-11, 10:31 PM
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How about a tarp to keep the rain and snow off? In anycase, keep the drivetrain and cables lubed. Expect rust on the steal bolt heads, but thats no big deal. If you are able to do any disassembly, it would be a good idea to go through and put grease on all the bolt threads, seat tube, headset, and bottom bracket threads.
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Old 11-26-11, 08:46 AM
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I would rather use Boeshield T-9 instead of WD-40 if I had to leave a bike outdoors for a lengthy period. The reason being is that WD-40 thickens and gums up after the propellant dissolves over time. Can be a b!tch to clean up. T-9 does the same thing but leaves bike components cleaner when it dries.
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Old 11-26-11, 09:13 AM
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How about 3 in 1 oil?
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Any petroleum based or hydrophobic type oil/lube should be fine. If we were talking about a high end race bike or a bike in need of tight drive-train tolerances, there are probably specific lubes that would keep things working better than others. Boeshield T-9, Proline Prolink, Phil Wood Tenacious Oil, Tri-Flow, and Dumontech are examples of lubes that would work great for keeping the drivetrain working and inhibiting rust. That being said 3-in-1 oil, WD-40, or even motor oil would work as a rust inhibitor and also do a reasonable job at lubricating. The only products I would stay away from are the wax based bicycle lubes like White Lightning, as they dont provide much rust protection. Again, we're not talking about a high end bicycle here. For the bike described, "Aluminum Frame Trek Mtn Bike" being kept outside, I think any of the above would be better than nothing.
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Not to be ignorant and such, but why don't you keep it inside? It sure saves the grief of having rusted components and having them malfunction and potently break when you're riding.

But if you are leaving it outside, tarp and something over it to shield it from rain and elements.
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Old 12-27-11, 06:15 AM
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My bike sits in the front yard all year due to a lack of space inside. It is at least under cover, and has a bike cover over it most of the time (especially when rain and snow are about). This has been 2 and a half years now and no issues. It is kept well lubed and polished.

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Old 12-27-11, 07:20 AM
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I highly recommend a tarp to limit the UV exposure on the seat and plastics, and to keep the elements off the bike. It will also help keep the frame from filling up with water when it rains. It also would serve as an nice dust cover. That is what I would do.
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