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When not used, what gear should I store my bike in

Is there a conventional wisdom to what gear a bike should be left in, when used infrequently?
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How to prevent spiders from making webs on my bike? [duplicate]

I really hate spiders and I'm afraid of them so this is really a problem for me. I use bike every day to get everywhere - to work, to shop etc. These nasty things can make a web in a matter of a few ...
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Will a white painted bike get rusty when stored outside?

My parents want me to store my bike outside. It's white and the tire rims are green. I really want to keep the color looking nice. I know that keeping the bike outside will cause rusting on the chains ...
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How can I store my extra wheels on the wall efficiently, without hanging them by the rim?

I have 5 pair of extra wheels, which I would like to store on the wall efficiently. I am a little skittish about storing them using the rim since some of them are carbon wheels and I don't want to ...
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Will electric heaters degrade bicycle tires?

Is it safe to store bicycle tires near electric heaters? I'm wondering if the heat will degrade the rubber somehow. More specifically, I'd like to store my bike near the electric baseboard heaters ...
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Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

When I take my bicycle indoors, and there's snow, ice, etc on it, the snow melts and the water runs onto the floor. Long-term water damage to rugs is an issue, and I don't want to leave the bicycle ...
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Where to park a bike during a year for free ? (in the Netherlands?)

We are two French in love with the Dutch people and culture. Each time we have the time we rush there. Rather than hitchhiking (as we used to), we plan to travel across the Netherlands by bike as it ...
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Best way to hang a bicycle from a ceiling pipe

I've just moved to a new place, and it's pretty small, so I'm looking to put my bike out of the way by hanging it from a (plenty sturdy) pipe that runs along my ceiling. At the moment I've got it ...
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How can I keep spiders and other bugs off my bicycle?

I am an extreme arachnophobe, to the point that I've left dishes in the sink due to a dead spider the size of an M&M. My bike at work is right in the open, and because of the soft winter, there ...
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What is the maximum safe storage temperature for a bike?

I like to keep my bike in the car on days I drive to work, in case I need it to get to a meeting in another building. However, I'm concerned that it gets too hot some days. Is there a temperature at ...
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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

So I finally want to upgrade from my 1980 Schwinn World Sport 10-speed with suicide shifters to something more modern. I will be working in Texas this summer and want to commute to work, but I ...
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Bicycle Storage: Does Kvartal method need studs (or other suggestions)?

Does anyone know how http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ikea-kvartal-easy-unobtrusive-137753 was done? Do I need to get them into studs? Here's some photos of my laundry room, I thought it would fit ...
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Can I leave a suspension fork upside down?

I currently have my mountain bike disassembled, I broke a tire and needed some space in my room. The frame is resting upside down on the saddle and handlebar. The fork itself is a Rock Shox SID Dual ...
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Is it harmful to store a bike in a repair stand when held by the seatpost?

I am currently storing my bike in a repair stand where it hangs by the seatpost. I was wondering if this might not be ideal and that the prolonged hanging might put too much stress on the bike and ...
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Storing spare tube under saddle bag

The saddle bag I own has two elastic loops on the underside. From reading this question on long-term storage of tubes I can see tubes don't like changing temperatures (not really a problem in Ireland ...
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Do helmets really lose their quality with time even if kept in package?

A friend of mine, who works as a sales manager in a good bike shop advised me to never buy a helmet that is older than couple of years, and the best thing to do is to buy the current model line, when ...
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When not in use, How should I store my tubeless tires?

I have a bike setup with tubeless mountain bike tires. I tend to ride about 20-25 PSI. How should I store my tubeless tires? Does it matter what pressure I store the tires at between rides? Should ...
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Will a bike stand that holds one wheel damage my bike?

I have a similar bike stand to this at home: I'm happy putting my wife's and my commuter in it but worried that it will damage the wheels of my XC bike if left in there for long periods. Can wheels ...
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storing bike outside - avoiding trapped moisture and rainfall (bike covers)

I just got a specialized tricross for riding in the city and going on short tours around Europe. Unfortunately I don't have enough space in the corridor of the house so I will have to put it outside ...
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Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?

Switched over to my winter bike to keep my favorite away from the salt. Can I hang my bike by the front wheel for the winter? Will be in my unheated storage-room/garage/shed. My ownly real ...
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How should I store inner tubes to maximize their shelf life?

The LBS's in my area tend to have major sales around the same time once or twice a year. During this time, I can get replacement tubes at about half their normal price. I can buy several tubes, enough ...
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Storing bike outdoors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay? I'd like to store my bike on the balcony. I use it daily and don't mind lugging it up the stairs but I'm tired ...
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Storing an inner tube

I got a spare inner tube with my bike, which is good. I checked how it was packed and found it was sticking somewhat when I pulled it out of the box, which I can only imagine is bad. Would it be ...
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I've had a bike in storage for over 10 years. What maintenance does it need?

I've had a bike in indoor storage (my garage) for over 10 years. I'd like to get it back into good condition to use for my commute to/from work each day. What things should I check/replace before I ...
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Taking a bike on a sailing boat

Marinas are often located a bit outside from town centers and shopping locations. So a bike might be a good thing to have aboard a sailing boat. Given the limited space on such a vessel I'm thinking ...
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Is storing bikes in an enclosed trailer a good idea?

I too am running out of space in my house to store my bikes. I have three bikes inside my house and my 5 kids bikes are outside in a shed (which is also over crowded). My idea is to buy a 6X12 ...
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How often should I have maintenance for my bike?

I am a non-expert bike rider. I keep my bike in a closed storage during the winter and ride during the summer. Do I need to do some kind of maintenance at the beginning of each summer? Is it safe to ...
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Storing bicycle helmets…will temperature affect the performance of the helmet?

I got into a discussion at home about where to best store our bicycle helmets. We store our bikes in the garage (a standalone, not attached to our apartment). So, logically and aesthetically my wife ...
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How long is it safe to store new tires before they degrade in quality?

I bought some road tires that were made for flat resistance, but within two months, the sidewalls on both got damaged to the point where I was getting repeated blowouts. I wrote to the manufacturer, ...
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How to store bicycles outside during winter

Okay. I have a bike which I would like to store for around six moths. Winter temperatures can be as low as -30 C. The problem is that I do not have an indoor storage space, so it is going to reside on ...
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Bicycle Storage Indoors

I need to find a way to store my bike vertically parallel to the wall. However my ceilings are quite high so it would be difficult to lift it onto a ceiling mounted hook everyday. Is there anyway to ...
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What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?

At work we have hooks attached to the wall so that we can hang our bikes from the front wheel. They're effectively the same as these: I see heaps of people struggling to lift their bikes onto the ...
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Is it really OK to hang a bicycle by the rear wheel from a hook?

Does it not distort the wheel to have the weight of the bike hanging from just that one spot? Is it OK for any kind of wheel? I have nicer race-type wheels on mine.
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How can I make a weather-proof bike?

Suppose want to park my bike outdoors all the time. Conventional wisdom is that you should park a bike under cover, but suppose that's not an option. What should you do? Maybe sealed cartridge ...
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What is the proper way to store tires to prevent cracking?

I have several extra tires, two on a spare wheelset, and others in a bundle. I am not riding as much as I was a year ago, so I will not be wearing out tires as fast as I was. What is the best way ...
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Suggestions for outdoor commercial (security/parking) stands

I'm looking for suggestions for space efficient stands for parking multiple bikes. A sports club (not cycling) for which I sit on the committee is looking to solve a bit of a problem. At the moment ...
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Winter maintenance before putting bike in winter storage?

What kind of maintenance should I do before putting my bike into storage for the winter? Are there any special considerations for storing it? Does temperature matter? If it's hanging on the wall ...
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How to store bikes inside a house or unit with limited internal space?

Between my girlfriend and myself, we have 5 bikes of which 3 would ideally be stored inside (the two road bikes and my duallie). However, my house is a relatively small terrace house which doesn't ...
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DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans

I'm planning to build a bike rack to store several bikes on the floor of my garage. Does anyone have plans for such a rack? We have a circular saw and a drill and the usual hand tools, but no router, ...
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What to look for in bicycle travel cases

My wife and I are taking a trip to Japan in several months and that got me thinking, what should someone look for in a bike case when travelling? I won't be taking one on this trip (not in the shape I ...
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How to store a bike outside and still avoid rapid decay?

I've got insufficient space to store my bike inside. I fear however that it will rust away within a few years. My question is twofold: A) Will this be a problem? B) What can I do to prevent this ...
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How to store a bicycle for an extended period of time?

What's the best way to store a bicycle for an extended period of time, say 2 months?