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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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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

Forget the tarp. Ultimately, the greatest danger to your bike is not the weather, it's thieves. As long as you invest in a good lock, practice good locking technique, and don't live in an area full of ...
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Any detriment to hanging a bike by its front wheel?

You'd have to calulate the actual forces to be 100% sure but it's not going to be a problem: forces on front wheel/fork/headset while e.g. just sitting on the bike, braking or landing jumps will be (...
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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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When not used, what gear should I store my bike in

It doesn't matter for any perspective aside from convenience -- usually the most convenient gear to store it in is the gear you're going to use first when you start riding again.
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How can I store my extra wheels on the wall efficiently, without hanging them by the rim?

While I agree that there are no real risks to string your wheels by the rim, there are a number of DIY and commercial wall mounted racks for hanging wheels at the axle. Wheelzrack makes one good ...
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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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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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How do people store bicycles in London?

To add to Michael's comment if it's your property you can't be forbid to bring a bicycle into your apartment, unless it's somehow unlawful to be in possession of said bicycle. Would you be forbid to ...
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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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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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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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How can I keep spiders and other bugs off my bicycle?

Don't use poison. It will likely not work. Would you be able to remove a dead spider from your bike anyway? How would you know it was dead? Poison is bad for other insects and animals in general. It's ...
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Where to park a bike during a year for free ? (in the Netherlands?)

Probably your best bet if you want to park them is to meet someone with a large shed who'll put the bikes up for you. If you make the finance/convenience tradeoff I think selling the bikes after your ...
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Any detriment to hanging a bike by its front wheel?

No, there are no problems with doing this. Bike shops frequently hang bikes in a similar way. And when I lived in small house in the inner city, I hung all of the family bikes in a similar way for ...
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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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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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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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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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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

Ask the boss/janitor if there is some storage space available. Maybe there's a storage closet, the bottom of a stairwell, unused rooms in the basement or some such. In my current job, we have a corner ...
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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

This depends on your wallet and level of risk aversion. Most people with nice bikes tend to baby them by having a beater bike for commuting that is ugly, won't get stolen, and they won't worry about ...
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Indoor bicycle tray to preclude the rug from getting wet

Try a Garden Centre, they usually sell a range of trays and they should have something suitable. An example would be this "Giant Plus Garden Tray" which at 120cm x 55cm should be big enough to place ...
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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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