Storing bike winter

5 Steps To Store Your Bike For Winter

If you're lucky, you live in southern Canada and you probably still ride your bike. Maybe summer is approaching and you are planning your next bikepacking trip!

For the others (those who are a little less lucky) for whom the cold and the short days have taken over their daily lives, you are probably about to store your bike.

This is the right time to do a thorough cleaning of your bicycle and accessories, but it is also the opportunity to do their health check to be ready for next season!

Here are lots of great tips to keep your bike in good condition! These will enable you to ride as soon as the slush and salt has left the streets.

Psst: ​​this article is mainly an intervention to make sure you don't leave your bike attached to a fence all winter to defy the bad weather alone.

Step 1: Degrease

First of all, degrease the cassette, the derailleur, the crankset and finally the chain using a bicycle degreaser.

Then, remove all visible dirt, because the gum that accumulates on the parts will dry out during the winter and will be much more difficult to remove in the spring.

Step 2: Lubricate

Apply some lubricant to your chain. If your bike will be in contact with humidity, choose a lubricant that prevents corrosion.

Take the opportunity to lightly lubricate other mechanical components such as the derailleur and brake levers.

Step 3: Clean

Start by cleaning the frame and its components.

Attention! Take a cloth or brush that won't scratch the paint on the bike.

Choose a mild soap or opt for a biodedradable no-rinse cleaner such as the one from MINT’N DRY a Canadian company. (No-rinse cleaners are super handy, especially if you live in a flat or if you're doing maintenance on your bike in your basement!)

Psst: make sure you dry all the components of your bike thoroughly and inspect their general condition as well as the integrity of your frame.

Step 4: Maintain and inspect your accessories

Empty your bicycle bags and panniers then, using soapy water (preferably using mild soap), clean the inside and outside. Let them soak as needed to loosen stubborn stains. For more information on your bags’ maintenance, click here.

This is also the perfect time to take inventory and replace any parts or tools that are damaged and that you might need next season.

Step 5: Store your bicycle

Choose a dry place, which will ideally remain at a constant temperature to store your bike. So avoid leaving it outside exposed to bad weather. Avoid places that are too humid and close to certain chemicals such as pool chlorine.

Then, keep a distance of at least 2 meters from a heat source and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

Are you running out of space in your 3-room apartment? There are now several inexpensive solutions for storing your bike. You could hang it horizontally by the fram on the wall, vertically by the wheel. You could also use a freestanding stand to avoid making holes in the wall.

Have a look at two awesome options that might be interesting the Hornit Clug or the Bike Nook.

What about e-bikes?

If you own an electric bike, remove the battery, store it in a dry place at room temperature (between 10 and 20 degrees).

Make sure that the battery is charged between 30% and 60%, this is ideal for long periods of storage.

So..

By applying these few measures, you will protect your bike, but you will also be among the first cyclists ready to enjoy the beautiful days of spring!

Have a great winter & see you next year!

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