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FREEZING GARAGE(9 posts)

FREEZING GARAGEbear
Dec 21, 2001 6:24 AM
hey guys,,,my garage can freeze in the winter,,I wonder what I most bring in the warm cellar? I figute tires, seats.
can I leave the bikes out in the garage? or should I bring them in? thanks
Maybe your computer...PT
Dec 21, 2001 6:36 AM
My garage is frozen for approximately 4 months a year -- seriously. The only things I ever brought in because of low temps are the bike computer and bike light, worrying about the LCD and battery. Whereas batteries do get cold, experience suggests that even -25 F doesn't ruin computers...

Why bring in tires and the seat?
rubber......bear
Dec 21, 2001 6:50 AM
I think rubber and leather might break down some if it freezes? I will replace the cork tape any way so I leave that alone..the comp? good idea, thanks
Think automobile parts...PT
Dec 21, 2001 9:59 AM
Lots of similar materials are present in autos, but they do okay. I have 16 year-old road tires that are still servicable and are ridden a couple of hundred miles every summer -- they've spent about 25% of their life at sub-freezing temps. I don't think cold will affect any of that stuff.
Not a serious worrycory
Dec 21, 2001 8:17 AM
I've kept my bikes in an unheated shed for 20+ years, temps down to -15 or so (15-20 above is more common). No problems I'm aware of.
The idea of keeping the batteries warm is solid, but I replace 'em in spring anyway so I don't bother (only a buck or two in my computers). Cold certainly won't hurt anything made of metal, and since you say your garage "can freeze," not that it "gets down to 40 below," I can't see it getting cold enough for plastic to shatter if you bump it or anything.
If you ride in winter, in fact, there are some risks in keeping stuff where it gets warm. When you take the bike outside, moisture in the warm air inside the frame etc. can condense in the cold, then you've got water. No prob if your frame is treated (Frame Saver, Boeshield), but at least a theoretical worry with steel if it's not.
Interesting point.... a question...Geof
Dec 21, 2001 9:29 PM
I keep my road bike in my basement mostly because I do my roller training in the AM and don't want to bring my frozen bike in the house. I also ride outside tho. How much condensation can this really create. I don't seem to notice it on the outside of the frame. Just curious.
an answer...guido
Dec 23, 2001 7:32 PM
I rode two steel bikes through five winters in DC and brought them into my superheated apartment after every ride. There's evidence of condensation in the seat tube, where water dripped. But running my finger inside the tube picks up only a dusting of rust. There's no pitting. My guess is that the water evaporates too quickly to oxidize the metal.

There may be an engineer who can quantify milliliters of condensation according to temperature differences, dew points, and so on, but I'd say after 18 years total frame life, it's minimal.
Mine gets dark, very dark.grzy
Dec 21, 2001 9:59 AM
Freezing garage is not a problem - ever. Growing up in New England we kept everything in a barn, then in Upstate NY I kept everything in a shed. Got years of riding in the snow delivering the Boston Globe and going to class.

There isn't a thing on your bike that will be adversely affected unless you try and ride naked in January. And that's a personal problem. Batteries are often stored in cool temps to preserve life. The one problem you will have is that the batteries will be slugish as long as they're cold. So while your battery may not work to well when it's cold it should be better once it warms up. If not you can fix the problem for about $3 when you get around to it.

Heat is much worse - natural rubber can start to break down - had some gooey experiences in SE Asia
Mine gets dark, very dark.bear
Dec 23, 2001 6:04 PM
thanks lots fellows