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bike + cold = bad???

Old 12-02-10, 05:19 PM
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bike + cold = bad???

I have heard different answers regarding this topic and am a bit unsure. Is it alright to store my bike in my garage even as the temp drops into the teens? Or do I need to store it inside the house somewhere?
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Old 12-02-10, 05:27 PM
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I leave mine in the garage and it is fine
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it's a bike, not a dog or cat. (or child)
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It is also a fact that riding the bike damages the bike.
I would suggest placing the bike in a glass case on a pedestal, and maybe put some scented candles around it.
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Old 12-02-10, 05:35 PM
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it's a bike, not a dog or cat. (or child)
My bike and cat stay in the garage. My kids come inside.
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Old 12-02-10, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Razor From KC View Post
That keep my hands warmer.
Yeah, for about 5 seconds.
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Well, there can be issues. For steel bikes, keeping it in the garage can allow condensation to form on the inside of the tubes over and over as you have freeze/warm cycles and that can lead to internal rust. In general the winter has dryer air, but on those days you see the snow sublimating is when it really occurs.

Overall the same thing can allow dew on all the metal surfaces which can lead to rust inside bolt heads or the even the chain if its not used for long enough over a winter.

I only keep the recreation and kids bikes in the garage, and yes there are many times when they are coated with a water film from the weather.
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Originally Posted by zrossiter View Post
I have heard different answers regarding this topic and am a bit unsure. Is it alright to store my bike in my garage even as the temp drops into the teens? Or do I need to store it inside the house somewhere?
You are over thinking this issue. Look at what is on the bike that would be damaged by the cold...then decide where you want to store it. You can rationalize that easily enough
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
it's a bike, not a dog or cat. (or child)
Dang, you're right. Now that I think about it, the kid goes in the garage and the bikes get her bedroom.
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Old 12-02-10, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Well, there can be issues. For steel bikes, keeping it in the garage can allow condensation to form on the inside of the tubes over and over as you have freeze/warm cycles and that can lead to internal rust. In general the winter has dryer air, but on those days you see the snow sublimating is when it really occurs.

Overall the same thing can allow dew on all the metal surfaces which can lead to rust inside bolt heads or the even the chain if its not used for long enough over a winter.

I only keep the recreation and kids bikes in the garage, and yes there are many times when they are coated with a water film from the weather.
So, what do you think happens when you bring that cold bike into your warm and humidified house?
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it's a bike, not a dog or cat. (or child)
I wouldn't love mine as much if it were a child.
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I bring mine inside but I don't live in a humidified house like the one teterider is believed to occupy.

I never find dew on my bike in the morning...
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Old 12-02-10, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by zrossiter View Post
I have heard different answers regarding this topic and am a bit unsure. Is it alright to store my bike in my garage even as the temp drops into the teens? Or do I need to store it inside the house somewhere?
is your bike carbon or aluminum?... cause if it's carbon; you're safe. But if it's Alu, then you have nothing to worry about!
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Old 12-02-10, 06:06 PM
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Let's see, I ride my bike into the teens, I think it'll be ok in the garage. What are all you guys doing without insulated garages anyway? Use the tax credit! I've never seen mine drop below 40F.
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Old 12-02-10, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rouleour View Post
is your bike carbon or aluminum?... cause if it's carbon; you're safe. But if it's Alu, then you have nothing to worry about!
lol well i have 2 bikes, which was my concern. Im taking one back to school, and it will be inside on a trainer probably. The other will sit in the garage at home, unmoved for probably like 4 months.
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lol well i have 2 bikes, which was my concern. Im taking one back to school, and it will be inside on a trainer probably. The other will sit in the garage at home, unmoved for probably like 4 months.
Blasphemy!
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Cold saddle.
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Let's see, I ride my bike into the teens, I think it'll be ok in the garage. What are all you guys doing without insulated garages anyway? Use the tax credit! I've never seen mine drop below 40F.
Wow - I haven't made it out in the teens yet! Mid 20's is the lowest I've gone so far. You're hard-core!
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Originally Posted by zrossiter View Post
I have heard different answers regarding this topic and am a bit unsure. Is it alright to store my bike in my garage even as the temp drops into the teens? Or do I need to store it inside the house somewhere?
Think about what your bike, car, and all the other crap in your garage is made of. Then decide whether it all needs to be brought in the house...
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Think about what your bike, car, and all the other crap in your garage is made of. Then decide whether it all needs to be brought in the house...
^^^^^This

I spent the week after the El Tour de Tucson vacationing in Sedona, AZ last week. My bike sat on a balcony where the temp hi/low was 41/20. It never complained once
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Well, there can be issues. For steel bikes, keeping it in the garage can allow condensation to form on the inside of the tubes over and over as you have freeze/warm cycles and that can lead to internal rust. In general the winter has dryer air, but on those days you see the snow sublimating is when it really occurs.

Overall the same thing can allow dew on all the metal surfaces which can lead to rust inside bolt heads or the even the chain if its not used for long enough over a winter.

I only keep the recreation and kids bikes in the garage, and yes there are many times when they are coated with a water film from the weather.
Can you actually see snow sublimation?
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I cant believe this thread exists. Then again.....
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When my bike costs over $2000 I will gladly bring it inside the house, as it's the nicest living conditions for the bike possible. No reason to keep it in the garage with the dust, maybe getting bumped into to, maybe getting knocked over, when I can put it comfortably in a nice air conditioned room for no extra hassle. But for now, my bikesdirect bike will happily reside in the garage.
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Originally Posted by Razor From KC View Post
I keep mine in my room, It seems To be happier.

And my bars are warm when i leave on a ride, That keep my hands warmer.
Not surprising....
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