open topic, for anything cycling related.
Firstly, happy new year and all the best for 2013!
I was wondering where you guys keep your bicycles?
The reason I ask is because I used to keep my bicycle in the cellar, but it became a little of a hassle taking it out every morning and putting it in every evening.
I have started parking my bicycle in the carport, so its sheltered from rain and sun.
Silly question, but would this make any difference to the care of your bicycle?
When I used to live in Cape Town and very close to the beach, I was always told that the sea air increases the chances of rusting so it would be better to keep your cars parked in the garage opposed to out in the open.. im not sure how true this was though.
Living close to salt water means more salt in the air, which in turn will rust things quicker. Perfect (extreme) example: Friends have a townhouse in Bermagui (southern NSW) which is literally 100m or so from the beach. A BBQ wouldnt last 6 months on their deck, even the stainless steel ones rusted to buggery.
Where do I keep my bikes? In the garage on one of these
In the Garage. Old house they were under the house. I'm not leaving my bikes outside for security reasons and also for exposure reasons. Rain doesn't just fall down so even if it's under cover unless there are walls around its going to get wet (and spiders). If we didn't have a garage I'd have to work out where to keep them in the house.
Bike is kept under cover at work, locked in view of a camera inside a reasonably secure depot.
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The only time i ever brought my bicycle into the house was when i brought it in through our bedroom and accidentally got chain grease on our white curtains when the curtains brushed against the chain... lets just say my wife wasnt impressed with me
So do you think that leaving my bicycle in the sheltered carport will increase the likelihood of rusting? We are about 7kms from the beach
One in the lounge room. One in the hall and the pub bike in our (shared) laundry. My partner doesn't mind too much and I haven't had any chain disasters thankfully.
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Short answer? Yes.
Long answer? Yes, but how much it increases the likelihood is debatable. Number of factors will come into play, including whether you are regularly downwind from the beach. best way to tell is have a look at anything else you may have outside that will show signs of exposure e.g. outdoor settings etc. At the end of the day giving it a regular decent clean will negate a reasonable percentage of the increased exposure to salt.
edit: inb4 someone pipes up with buy a carbon bike....
I have a plastic painter's drop sheet on my bed. My bicycles take turns to sleep on the bed with me. The rest lean up in the hall outside my bedroom. My girlfriend keeps hinting that we should get a tandem but it would be too long to fit on the bed.
True to form of being a contrarian on this forum, I did differ from many of you guys.
I keep my bike locked securely up out the front of the house. Exposed to all the elements, the rain and the sun. This bike is my baby, my road bike, not my commuter. But it joins my commuter out the front. The simple fact is that it is convenient and the elements really do little/no harm to the bike. Most of the equipment is high quality so rust is not an issue. UV fading is unavoidable but is of little consequence unless you plan on keeping the same bike/tyres for 10 years.
Simply put my baby is tough and can survive the elements. The convenience is worth it for me.
A bike of decent quality really shouldn't be rusting. Even a bike of mediocre quality shouldn't present issues with a bit of rust.
It's the little bits that rust - hex-key bolts, chain, limit screws - and they'll do it rapidly if you expose the bike to the sea air. I live well away from the sea and have several bikes living out under the back verandah. They still get some rust issues and need regular checking and maintenance to minimise the effects.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
both are in the garage
the F75 sits on top of my "coffin" toolbox and the mtn bike against the wall
next hard rubbish collection when I can clear out some crap from the garage I am hoping to hang both from the wall
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We keep our bicycles in our garage (and my Mum's , need to sell some.)
Might be relevant to you, or not, but if we only had a carport, these look like a Good Thing(tm):
I have nothing to do with them, never used one and never actually seen one. Just seem like a good mini-shed solution.
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