As winter approaches, many cyclists are considering how to best store their bikes. While there are many important steps to preparing your actual bike for storage, planning where to actually store it is also important. Many people store their bikes in their garages or other rooms in their homes, but some do not have this option. What other choices do you have? In this post, we will outline some of the most common and useful ways to keep your bike in good shape during the winter. We also help locate good places to keep your bike — an important decision in bike storage preparation.
Steps of Bike Storage Preparation
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of bike storage is the bike itself. Preparing, cleaning, and inspecting your bike are essential to the storage process. We outlined exactly what to do to get your bike ready for the winter in one of our earlier posts. The major points covered in that post include:
- Wipe down and inspect your bike’s frame
- Inflate the tires and clean out/remove water bottles
- Lubricate cables and the chain, and get a tune-up
Sitting for months in poor condition may damage your bike and make the transition back to regular riding more difficult. Taking these steps will ensure that your bike stays in top shape during the winter.
- Where to Store Your Bike
Leaving your bike out in a freezing Utah winter will have negative effects on your bike. Bolts and other essential parts may rust or seize up, leading to corrosion and significant damage to your bike. So it’s important to store your bike in a dry place out of reach of the winter weather. Some options are:
- Storage/Extra Room
- Storage Unit
If you do not have much storage space in your home, consider looking into a rental storage unit. Prices vary depending on how much space you need, and it might be worth the cost to keep your bike protected.
Utah’s Bicycle Lawyers
No matter what you decide to do when it comes to winter bike storage preparation, we hope it leads to more safe and enjoyable riding. We love cycling and are dedicated to supporting the sport in Utah. As part of that effort, we offer our legal expertise to cyclists who are injured in accidents.
We hope that you are always safe while cycling, but if you are ever injured in an accident, we are here to help. Please contact us or order a free copy of our book, The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook, to better understand your case.
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