Top Tips for Keeping Your Bicycle in Self Storage

With winter quickly approaching, it’s nearly time to store the bike away once again. If you want to free up some valuable space in your house or garage and are planning to keep your bicycle in a self storage unit during the colder months, here are some great tips to ensure that come spring, your bike is still in tip top condition.

Hang your bike or store it upside down

It might sound like a pointless exercise, but one of the kindest things you can do to your bike while it’s in self storage is to ensure that the tyres are inflated. Believe it or not, if you leave your bike upright with flat tyres, it’s equally as damaging as physically riding your bicycle with a flat tyre and you’re likely to be left with distorted rims and ruined tyres.

As well as ensuring your tyres are pumped up, you can remove the pressure from them by hanging your bike up while it is being stored. If this isn’t possible then storing it upside down will also do the trick.

Keep rust away

Keeping rust away is hard work and sometimes we even unknowingly do more harm than good. If you decide to give your bike a good wash before putting it into self storage for example, make sure you dry it thoroughly because any excess water will cause rusting if you’re storing it away for a long period of time.

It’s also important to think about the temperature you will be storing your bike in – especially during the winter months. A dramatic change in temperature will result in condensation building up along the tubing which in time, will result in rusting. If you have a steel-frame bike in particular, don’t store it in an unheated space because you could come back to a lot of damage.

Fix any damages

Before putting your bicycle away for the winter months, inspect it for any damages and address them appropriately. It can be tempting to brush off any issues as you won’t be using it for a couple months, but neglecting these things can pose unnecessary hassles and problems which you will just have to deal with when you take your bike out of storage.

Protect it from dust

Anything that is stored for a long period of time without being touched is going to gather dust. To prevent it from settling on your beloved bike however, a simple dust sheet will do the job and it also has the added bonus of proving an extra layer of warmth.