Packing bike away for winter.

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nickellis
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Packing bike away for winter.

Postby nickellis » Sun Nov 18, 2012 19:35 pm

Far to much mud and salt on the lanes today for my liking. So I've decided to pack my carbon bike away for winter in case it melts :roll:.

In case I crash it actually...

I gave it a through clean after today's ride, let it dry off. Took the wheels off, let most of the air out of the tyres. WD40'd the brake pivots and mechs. Greased the cable entry points. Put it in the cellar with a dust sheet over it (upside down). The only thing I didn't do was wash the chain, as it was my first ride on a new chain. Just gave it a rub off to make sure it was dry.

Is there anything else I should have done? I've never had the luxury be able to park a bike for winter before.
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pinarellokid
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby pinarellokid » Sun Nov 18, 2012 20:51 pm

why upside down??
i would leave air in the tyres myself
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nickellis
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby nickellis » Sun Nov 18, 2012 20:56 pm

I left the wheels off because I took the air out, so stood it upside down. Would you leave all the air in?
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Arthur Scrimshaw
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby Arthur Scrimshaw » Sun Nov 18, 2012 21:19 pm

nickellis wrote:I left the wheels off because I took the air out, so stood it upside down. Would you leave all the air in?


I let the pressure out of mine because I've had a couple of failures where the material started to split around the carcass (schwalbe ulteremo Zx) these were both replaced under warranty without any problems but given the nature of the failure I'm trying this to see if it improves matters? This is only on my best bike, the commuter has to take what's coming to it!

DesWeller
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby DesWeller » Sun Nov 18, 2012 21:41 pm

There's no reason to deflate the tyres unless you know you're not going to check the bike for a long time and you might have a leak. They won't see any greater stress in the shed than they would in use.

nickellis
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby nickellis » Sun Nov 18, 2012 22:04 pm

Thanks for the update, I'll, know for next time. I'll stick some air in the next time I'm in the cellar. Anything else I should have done? I had a good think, but couldn't think of anything obvious.

+1 On the commuter bike. It's got mudguard for a reason, that bad boy gets used all year round.
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keef66
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby keef66 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:29 am

All I'd do is give the chain a generous coating of oil to prevent it from rusting. Everything else should pretty much take care of itself.

If you were riding your bike through the winter you'd keep the tyres inflated; why let them down to store the thing??

paul64
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Re: Packing bike away for winter.

Postby paul64 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 21:57 pm

Maybe take the seatpost out and apply whatever you use there so that doesn't seize up


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