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Storing Bike in Car(8 posts)

Storing Bike in Carmbologna
May 27, 2003 7:17 PM
Okay, this may be a crazy question, but.....Will storing a bike in your car during the day cause any problems with the tire pressure, or anything else? I live in Texas and would like to ride after work, but obviously, it gets pretty hot here. I'm concerned what effect the heat may have if I leave a bike in the car during the day.

re: Storing Bike in Carastrobiker
May 27, 2003 7:23 PM
I live in Texas too. First summer had a problem with flats when pulling the bike out of the car. Turned out the rim tape was plastic and would soften up in the heat and let the tube extrude down into the spoke holes, then get pierced by the spoke. Put in cloth rim tape and no more problems, but I still leave the windows cracked a little when the bike is in the car.

While you're worrying about that, also check the temp rating on your helmet - internal car temps can exceed that too!
re: Storing Bike in Carshutterbiker
May 27, 2003 7:57 PM
i live in texas too. i usually take my bike into my workplace when it's really hot. i always take my riding gear inside. i read something about helmets being ruined from the high temps inside cars.
I've had tubes blow when pumped hard! nmDUOHEAD
May 27, 2003 9:42 PM
re: Storing Bike in CarDave Hickey
May 28, 2003 3:50 AM
Another Texan here. As all of the above said, it works but take some precautions. Make sure you cover the shifters/bars with a towel. The aluminum gets too hot to touch.
re: Storing Bike in Carmja
May 28, 2003 4:43 AM
I use one of these heat shields. You have to be able to park on a heading into the sun's rays to have this work best.
Never hurt the bike, but I've trashed helmetscory
May 28, 2003 8:32 AM
Used to keep my bike in a closed pickup shell most of the summer, and even in 100+, it didn't cause problems. But I did melt the thin shells off two early foam helmets several years ago. Not sure if the newer ones are more heat-resistant, but you can probably find a place indoors to stash a helmet.
don't remember who it was, but recentlyJS Haiku Shop
May 28, 2003 8:39 AM
somebody was having problems with slow leakers. turns out they were transporting bike in car and allowing car to sit in heat. questionable tube was patched, patches and/or glue were loosening up or something in the heat, pressure dropped gradually, when it was ride time, tube was flat. FWIW.