Bikes are functional machines: that apart from being tons of fun, also keep you healthy. Almost every homeowner in London, especially those with children, would have one lying around in their home. But with everything, a bike, no matter how robust it may seem needs maintenance and care. Apart from regular cleaning, it will also need to be stored properly. Especially during the winters.
In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about how to store your bike properly; whether it is in an apartment, outside, or a storage unit.
Some people don’t have a lot of space to store their bikes inside their home or a garage so leaving them outside is the only option. Having said that, the outside can be quite cruel because of exposure to elements like moisture, extreme temperature, and even theft. So to protect it, try the following:
Invest in a bike cover or a tent to protect it from not only the weather but also from prying eyes. Such cover and tents are cheap and will do the job. Bike sheds are also a good idea if you want to invest in something bigger that is also more durable.
Storing your bike inside your apartment is a great way to protect it from theft or the weather. That being said an apartment is still a small place to keep one so you will have to mount it. Mount it with wall hooks on the walls inside your home. It will save you tons of space. With these in place, you don’t have to lift the whole bike. You will only have to lift a tire and hang it to the hook. A pole rack is also a good idea if you do not want to drill the walls.
A garage is a great option for storing not just the bike but many other things. Simply lean your bike against the wall and you are sorted. Just add a cover on the bike and it will be kept reasonably well. In case you don’t have much space consider wall mounting racks.
During winter because of the fall in temperature, many people do not use their bikes. Keeping it inside the garage or the outside is a waste because the temperature can affect it. The best way to store a bike in the winter is to hire a storage unit.
Before storing your bike, give it a good clean. This keeps the mechanical parts in good shape.
Next, repair the parts that need it. Inflate the tires so that the weight of the bike does not damage the rubber in storage.
Many companies hire climate-controlled storage unit options in London that will keep your bike in good shape. When you take it out again in the summer, it will be in the same condition as when you left it. Many companies give great short, or long-term storage solutions that keep your home decluttered and organized.
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