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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

Not answering your actual question, but this might be useful to you. To get a bike through narrow or awkward spaces, hold the handlebars and pull it up onto its rear wheel so it is pointing straight ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

This depends a lot on the city; different cities allow you to lock up to different things, and have different crime rates. For example, I've been to major European cities where a lot of the bikes ...
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How to Carry My Large Step Through Bike Down Stairs?

Your bike has a tiny top-tube which is level and would make a great handle. One method is to stand by the left-side of teh bike (so you're away from the potentially oily chain) and bend at the knees. ...
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Rubber on wall mounted bike hooks is wearing away. What can I use to cover them so my wheels don't get scratched?

@rclocher3's electrical tape is the easier way to go, but I often use strips of old tube to wrap things of this nature. To keep the wrap in place I dab some vulcanizing fluid hither and thither along ...
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Feasibility of keeping an Electrical Bike in poor (wet) storage conditions

It would depend on the bike itself. The electronics on a high end e-mountain bike are pretty much waterproof, and the bike itself is susceptible to the same issues as any bike from rain etc. ...
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Are there any negative long-term effects to keeping a bike in storage?

3-5 weeks? And you assume there'll be "negative long-term effects"? Hell no! I have a bike I built in 2013. I rode it for about a year and half actively after building it, and then about a ...
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What do I need to do to bring this bike back to life?

I would start by just trying to pump up the tires and see if they hold air. Then put some basic lubricating oil on the chain and gears. That should be enough to make it basically rideable so you can ...
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What's the best way to stow (winter storage) an all-carbon bike?

I don't see a problem hanging a bike from a carbon fiber composite rim. The amplitude of the load would be much, much lower than when riding over even moderate bumps. OK, the load is radially outward ...
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Practical way to park many bicycles in one garage for everyday use?

You don't say what other uses you have for the garage, but lets presume the floor space is a premium, otherwise a row of bikes racks is the obvious, cheap and best solution. 7 bikes will fit into 5 ...
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Bike rests on brake cable while racked

Could this cause me to have brake problems Yes: The weight of your bike will pinch the cable and slowly cause the cable to lose its structural integrity and become damaged: They are designed to take ...
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Minimalist setup for a "travelling bike mechanic"?

I'd be very tempted to make a tool roll. You'll need access to a sewing machine that can handle 2-3 layers of canvas, but even most home machines will do that if you're careful (and buy a canvas ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

I successfully keep a cheap old bike in a theft-prone area. I'm on my second in 4 years because the first deteriorated, not because it was stolen. I use a good D-lock (it cost about as much as the ...
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Is an overhanging roof shelter enough to safely leave bike outside?

A roof is better than no roof, but not as good as an enclosed space because wind can blow through bring dust and dirt and moisture. Sunlight is also a source of slow continuous damage. For years I ...
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Bleed or flush old oil before brake removal and storage?

The existing mineral oil will be fine. It’s stable over a human timeline. There might be microscopic amounts of water in the line but it’s sealed. I would be more worried about the aluminium and ...
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Can storing bicycles upside-down damage hydraulic brakes?

From Shimano Service Instructions: When turning the bicycle upside down or on its side the brake system may have some air bubbles inside the reservoir tank which are still there when the ...
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Carbon fiber frames and household heating/radiators: how close is too close?

Carbon fiber (technically carbon fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP) is a composite material consisting of reinforcements (i.e. carbon fibres) held together in a matrix, which most often is some form ...
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Enclosed external bicycle storage for house with up to 10 bicycles

If it needs to be fully enclosed you wind up with a small building of some kind. Here are some ideas. Bike lockers Each flat could have it's own two bike locker or clustered in a group. I don't know ...
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Can storing bicycles upside-down damage hydraulic brakes?

I store my bicycles this way for the summer (winter fat tyre bikes) and winter (non-commuter mountain and road bikes). I haven't ever had any issues with this and the shop I worked at previously ...
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Preparing for long term storage (2 years)

Your plan sounds pretty sane to me. Depending on how tolerant your parents are, I would prefer to leave the bike intact and open to the air, so it can dry if it gets damp, but that may not be ...
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Preparing for long term storage (2 years)

This seems a bit too complicated; You only need to remove the wheels (or possibly just the front wheel), handlebar and pedals to box most bikes (and possibly seatpost), and put spacers in for things ...
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What's the best way to stow (winter storage) an all-carbon bike?

Vast majority iof carbon rims will be fine taking the weight of a bike. If yours have very fragile fairings and its not suitible, a couple of options that are common come to mind. Hang from bars and ...
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Safe to Ride Tires Packaged for Two Years?

I would have no qualms about using those tires. I agree with Paul H in the comments that I would not use any new equipment for the first time in a big event—it always needs a shakedown. Tires can ...
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Enclosed external bicycle storage for house with up to 10 bicycles

I'm going to assume you've only got to deal with ordinary single-rider diamond frames (despite owning a tandem myself and heavily supporting the use of cargo bikes). I'll assume the bikes are all ...
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Rubber on wall mounted bike hooks is wearing away. What can I use to cover them so my wheels don't get scratched?

I've used some heat shrink in the past for things like this, it's used in situations to replace electrical tape. Usually, I use a soldering iron to heat it up after getting it in place, but a hair ...
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How to store tires in dry California summer

UV rays and ozone are the main factors behind rubber "drying out" -- look at how the Air Force stores its airplanes in the desert: all of the rubber bits are carefully protected from the sunlight. ...
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No space inside the house, where do you store / secure bike?

You can get wooden storage sheds for bicycles for around £150 - £200. You'll also need something to secure the bike to. You could install a ground anchor, either the screw in type: Or the type that ...
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Bicycle Storage

The biggest issues you will have when you store a bike for a long time in a warm and dry environment (you haven't stated where the bike will be stored) will be: The tyres going flat Dust For the ...
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What's the best way to stow (winter storage) an all-carbon bike?

Some carbon wheels, like the Hed Jet and the Bontrager Aeolus Comp, have an alloy rim, and a non-structural carbon aerodynamic fairing bonded to that rim. "Non-structural" means I can bend ...
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Carbon fiber frames and household heating/radiators: how close is too close?

Probably should have bought a metal bike. You will never truly enjoy the benefits of carbon if you go as far as living in a cold apartment no knowing how robust Carbon Fibre really is (hint - Carbon ...
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How to Carry My Large Step Through Bike Down Stairs?

I agree with Hursey that the best option is to manoeuvre the bike completely on the back wheel. This can actually work well even with very heavy bikes, as long as they don't have a long rear fender. ...
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