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Bike Storage in cold climates(5 posts)

Bike Storage in cold climatesJoeBuckeye
Oct 3, 2003 6:24 AM
I live in Cincinnati OH where winters go from being extremely cold to mild in short periods of time. I have always kept my Trek 5200 in the basement in between rides and the wife and kids bikes out in the garage (cheaper steel bikes). The basement is inconvienent but warm and dry. Am I doing the right thing or doesn't it matter?
Let me know what you think.
I don't think it matters (nm)TJeanloz
Oct 3, 2003 6:32 AM
agreed- just keep it dry and don't worrykiwisimon
Oct 3, 2003 6:38 AM
Cold here too...Asiago
Oct 3, 2003 6:55 AM
If possible, don't subject it to wild swings in temperature. If you ride outside one day, and know you will ride outside the next, don't bring it inside to the basement, leave it in the garage. If the bike is very cold (but dry), and you bring it into a moist basement, the air will condense on it.

Although with carbon fiber, is this really an issue?

re: Bike Storage in cold climateshudsonite
Oct 3, 2003 4:58 PM
You are doing the right thing. Keep the good bike in a warmer climate. I doubt that cold would hurt the bike, but why take a chance if you do not have to!

Cold causes contraction and effects some things that are glued, like tape. I store all of our bikes in a heated garage for the winter. The garage is not warm, but it does not freeze either. I have seen cold effect tires, do not understand why, but I have seen tires fall apart after a cold winter (-30) in the spring.