No room in your apartment? Is your bike dirty? Do you ride it a few times in the summer and then not touch again until the following summer? Have your kids outgrown their bikes but you don’t want to give them away? A good solution is to store your bike or bikes at Stop and Store. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when storing your bike.
Bike Storage Tips
Be sure to wash the bike. Avoid using a power washer as the high pressure can affect the integrity of the components; opt for some car wash soap and a simple garden hose instead.
Be sure to fully clean and degrease the chain as well, as a dirty chain is liable to stain whatever might come in contact with it in a small storage space. Think about when you were a kid and you came home from a bike ride with those black streaks on the inside of your right leg. You don’t want the same to happen to your grandma’s old beige futon.
There is a myth that you should deflate your tires if your bike is not in use or before long term storage. That is incorrect. If your bike will be resting on its wheels (as opposed to hanging from a ceiling), the weight of the bike will put pressure on the tires and rims, which can cause deterioration in the tires especially as the rubber can become distorted and the sidewall compromised over the time that it is storage. This can result in a flat tire when you go to ride your bike again in the spring. Always store your bike with the tires fully inflated.