How do you store a bicycle?
Unfortunately, storing a bike isn’t always as simple as leaning it against a wall or parking it in a rack – particularly if you aren’t going to be riding it frequently. If you aren’t planning to ride your bike at least a few times a week, how and where you store it will need some consideration. By cleaning your bike and storing it properly, you can prevent damage to the tyres and moving parts, as well as keeping rust at bay.
If you are going to be storing your bike on the floor, make sure that the tyres are fully-inflated, otherwise the constant weight of the bike may weaken the rubber sidewalls over time. If you are storing your bike for an extended period of time, consider mounting it on a wall rack or keeping it on ceiling hooks to prevent damage to the tyres.
If you’re not going to be using your bike frequently, it is also a good idea to clean it thoroughly before storing it to remove dirt build-up. Use a damp rag to wipe down the bike, but avoid wetting it excessively. Once it’s clean, make sure that the bike is completely dry before you store it to prevent the formation of rust. You can also prevent rust by lubricating the moving parts of the bike before storing it. Pay particular attention to the braking and shifting cables, as well as the chain.