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Do you keep your road bike in the garage or indoors?

Old 10-07-12, 03:11 PM
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Do you keep your road bike in the garage or indoors?

Anyone have hard evidence of whether or not leaving higher-end carbon bikes (i.e. mostly carbon/aluminum/ti parts with maybe just a few steel cables and bolts) in the garage causes issues as compared with storing them indoors? Most of my friends keep them indoors; at my new home, I am considering putting them in the garage for space and esthetic reasons.

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Old 10-07-12, 03:25 PM
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Depends on your garage I suppose. Nothing rusts in my garage so I leave the bikes there.
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I'm confused, what harm could result from keeping a bike in a garage?
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The bike is made to suffer the elements. They are not made of lace. The garage.
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I leave mine in the house mainly due to thefts. My neighbor had his bike jacked at 0900 on a Saturday morning. He had just opened his garage door and went in the house for a second before running an errand.
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I've had my son's carbon bikes hanging in the garage for over 5 years now. None have rusted or exploded.
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Garage.

Insulated and drywalled. Sometimes heated. Relatively safe neighborhood.
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
I've had my son's carbon bikes hanging in the garage for over 5 years now. None have rusted or asploded.
Fixed for carbon.

Answer is garage. Only reason why I could fathom NOT storing a bike in a garage is if you lived next to the ocean and had an open garage, which would allow some sea spray/salt to get on the bike....or maybe theft if you live in a crime-ridden neighborhood.

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Forgot to mention.

One each carbon and steel bikes, two aluminum.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Fixed for carbon.

Answer is garage. Only reason why I could fathom NOT storing a bike in a garage is if you lived next to the ocean and had an open garage, which would allow some sea spray/salt to get on the bike....or maybe theft if you live in a crime-ridden neighborhood.

Garage.

my steel bike stays in my guest bedroom, i live next to the ocean... i dont see why the non metal parts of a high end carbon bike would be affected... although the bb and other metal parts would see benefit from being inside after being washed down well if you live by the ocean
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Originally Posted by kmill065
my steel bike stays in my guest bedroom, i live next to the ocean... i dont see why the non metal parts of a high end carbon bike would be affected... although the bb and other metal parts would see benefit from being inside after being washed down well if you live by the ocean
I've got a steel bike that's been near salt water for 15 years (stays in a shed 150 feet from the water) and a high end carbon bike in the same shed for the last couple years. I don't wash them now and do nothing special. The only adverse effect is one brake cable connector on the steel bike had some corrosion a few years ago and replaced. All this stuff about salt water, rust and damage just isn't true unless you leave the bike covered with salt.
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My garage IS indoors...
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Garage storage is the way to go. If the weather is nice, it is easier to go for a ride. The garage remains closed, of course. If it didn't, I'd store the bike in the basement and would haul it upstairs to ride.
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My bikes stay inside, but I have room even though I have a garage. Where I live, 20 miles from the south texas gulf coast anything left remotely ouside or in the garage WILL rust. Humidity is almost always high and it stays hot most of the year. Was 98 yesterday for example.

One of my bikes is carbon but it still has parts that will corrode and the other is aluminum/carbon; plus my bikes cost a lot of money
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf
My garage IS indoors...
Mine is also.

if my garage was outdoors, I would probably call it a car port.
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Garage. And if a little nut or bolt rusts, I'll replace it.
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Indoors. The garage is for working on das autos. The bikes get in the way of that. Also I live on the very east coast of Florida and as I'm typing this my keyboard is rusting away. All kidding aside, it takes next to no time for steel parts to rust here between the outrageous humidity and salty air. Plus it's easier to work on the bike inside. Plus it's already ready to drop into a trainer. Plus it's harder to steal. Plus it's part of the family and it shouldn't have to sleep outside. Plus seeing it full time motivates me to ride more often.
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Originally Posted by Porkponey
Indoors. The garage is for working on das autos. The bikes get in the way of that.
8 bikes, 3 extra sets of wheels, 1 lawn mower, spare engine, spare transmission, golf clubs, spare set of car tires and 1 car.



They all fit and this past Spring I R&R the drivetrain in that garage.

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I always forget how skinny you guys are. I wouldn't be able to fit my fat butt beside that car.
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Indoors for the winter.

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I live in a part of the East S.F. Bay that is still known (deservedly) as "Dodge City" locally. So, both bikes stay in the house.
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I always forget how skinny you guys are. I wouldn't be able to fit my fat butt beside that car.
5'10" and 195lbs.
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Is the OP assuming a non-attached garage here?
This room is off the garage, which is attached to the house. Might as well be inside the actual house. I think some here are assuming a garage is not attached to the house and subject to the elements.

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