Tips on How to Store Your Bikes in the Garage
August 02, 2022
Cyclists, how do you store your bicycle units after a day's run? Do you just leave it unattended by the garden fence or on the front porch? If you do, chances are your bike will be susceptible to damage due to climate, natural and seasonal elements, and other factors such as theft because it is out in the open for everyone to see. And who would ever want that? None, of course! A responsible cyclist takes not only good care of the bike's surface, such as constant cleaning and checking of brakes and tires but also ensures that he uses proper storage and upkeep. After all, you are not cycling 24/7. If you own a folding bike, securing a place in your house wouldn't be much of a problem as it occupies little space. It could fit your bedroom or living room. But, we could not say it is hygienic to store them in those spaces as it is exposed to a plethora of viruses outside. However, if you own a garage, you can say that the need for storage space is a problem solved. The garage offers more protection and helps in maintaining the pristine condition of your bikes. It is especially true when you keep your garage space organized and clean. When storing your bicycle in the garage, you must note the temperature. Hot or cold temperatures per se are not the sole reason for the potential damage to your bike. It is the constant change from hot to cold or cold to hot that causes moisture build-up, which could lead to rust, components loosening, or, worst case, cracking. So when the weather is generally hot outside and you need to use the bike, make sure that the storage space is also warm. The same goes for colder seasons, have your garage set to low temperature. Another to avoid is having the bike's tires rest flat on a bare concrete floor for an extended period. The moisture that the concrete floor will draw out from the rubber of the tires would cause the bike's tires to dry, rot and age prematurely. An excellent way to solve this issue is to put wood, carpet, rug, or rubber mat if standing upright on the garage floor is the only manner you can store your bike. However, truth be told, bikes stacked horizontally on the floor are not a suitable way to store them. That is if you have more than one bike in your arsenal, as they will occupy a large amount of floor space. Most likely, they will lean on another bike as most hoops only support the front tire, which can scratch your bike in this position. It is a bigger problem if you have more than four bikes stacked together because you will experience difficulty getting and pulling out a particular bike when you need to use it. We would suggest, though, make use of the wall or ceiling by mounting your bikes. It is the most space-saving alternative. And generally, the cheaper way and more straightforward method to stack your bikes. If you are leasing your place, approach your landlord better and ask permission first, as you will be drilling the walls.