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Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby Dodgerdog » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:00 am

I am going to be off my bike pretty much from next week unitl next Oct. What is the view of the hive on the things that shold be done to ensure it is maitained in the best possible condition for when I am back and able to ride it?

I am thinking:
- Suspend bike from ceiling hooks
- Deflate tyres
- wax/wet lube chain
- disconnect front and rear mech cables
- put chain on 39/12

Is there anything else I should be considering? Are any of the above meaningless in terms of minimising stress/stretch
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby Mr Dog » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:18 am

I'd loosen the seat bolt clamp and wipe off all the grease/carbon paste off your post. All the stories of swelling and seizing have made me paranoid. :lol:
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby thecycleclinic » Thu Nov 08, 2012 22:24 pm

Why do anything. I have left bikes for that length of time. When I want to use it again I pump the tyres up and lube the chain and off I go. You do not need to disconnect anything put the chain in a poraticular gear or anything special. Just store it somewhere dry.
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby pinarellokid » Thu Nov 08, 2012 23:16 pm

like my summer bike,, in the dining room
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby andyrr » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:15 am

Ideally store it after it's been dry - I'd be wary of storing it after a recent wet ride and various bits going rusty/seizing.

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby DesWeller » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:01 pm

I'd oil the chain but not do anything else on that list. Certainly wouldn't deflate the tyres or disconnect the cables, that's not going to do anything.

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby Dodgerdog » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:45 pm

Cheers
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby k-dog » Fri Nov 09, 2012 21:16 pm

I would agree with shifting into small/small - releases the tension on the cables. Undoing them is going a bit far though.

A hose down and thorough dry then lubricate would be on my list too. Removing the seatpost would seem prudent too.
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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby DesWeller » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:40 pm

k-dog wrote:I would agree with shifting into small/small - releases the tension on the cables. Undoing them is going a bit far though.

A hose down and thorough dry then lubricate would be on my list too. Removing the seatpost would seem prudent too.



Why is everyone so worried about the tension on the cables? They're steel cables, so bloody strong and they're not going to wear if they're sat in a shed for 9 months.

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby Dales1 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 16:04 pm

It gives the mech springs a rest.
Don't want them to lose their strength!

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby DesWeller » Sat Nov 10, 2012 16:25 pm

Your derailleur springs are not going to lose spring rate by being sat in a shed.

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby gezebo » Sat Nov 10, 2012 20:41 pm

I think it very much depends on where you plan on storing it...

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby ktuludays » Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:22 pm

DesWeller wrote:Your derailleur springs are not going to lose spring rate by being sat in a shed.


derailleur spring rate is much like a woman's legs. it is well documented that if either are left in a relatively closed position for any length of time that it is extremely difficult to get to get them open again irrespective of the amount of lube you chuck at it!

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby DesWeller » Sun Nov 11, 2012 19:52 pm

ktuludays wrote:
DesWeller wrote:Your derailleur springs are not going to lose spring rate by being sat in a shed.


derailleur spring rate is much like a woman's legs. it is well documented that if either are left in a relatively closed position for any length of time that it is extremely difficult to get to get them open again irrespective of the amount of lube you chuck at it!


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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby andy_wrx » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:46 pm

When I put my Summer bike away over-Winter, I clean it, lube the chain, mech & brake pivots and cables, put it in small-small and hang it on a 2-arm rack.

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Re: Jobs for laying a bike up for 9+ months

Postby keef66 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 15:22 pm

For that kind of lay-off you should consider selling it and buying a new one in 9 months time. The 2013 sale bikes should be appearing then.


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