If you have spent money on a decent bike you want to do everything you can to make sure it remains in good condition. With this in mind, you need to pay attention to bike parking and storage. It’s important to make sure that your bike is always stored in a secure manner, and that it’s best protected against wear and tear.
We are going to look at how you should store your bike once you have finished riding. We are also going to give you some other tips on how to best take care of your bike.
Storing your bike after riding
It’s not a good idea to store your bike on its tyres, so you may want to think about hanging your bike. This storage solution has the added advantage of being useful if you have a limited amount of space. Alternatively, you can invest in a hoist which enables you to suspend your bike from the ceiling. Wherever you decide to store your bike, it’s important that you protect it from the elements and that you ensure it is secured. You do not want someone to just be able to drive up and throw your bike into the back of a van.
Other tips for taking care of your bike
If you want your bike to remain in good working order, it’s important that you take good care of it. Here are some useful tips on how to do this.
- No matter how much of a rush you are in, never put your bike away dirty, after a ride. It’s worth spending just a few minutes wiping off the grime and dirt, to protect its condition.
- Never ride your bike if any of the parts need replacing. As soon as you notice that frayed brake cable, get it replaced. It’s just not worth taking the risk of having an accident, or your bike breaking down when you are miles away from home.
- Never carry out maintenance on your bike if you do not have the expertise, or the tools that you need. If you attempt to do this you could be doing more harm than good.
- Always check the tyre pressures before you ride. Make sure that there is enough air in the tyre, but never over inflate. Remember that tyre pressures should be adjusted for weather conditions. The pressure should normally be a little lower for bad road conditions than for good; this enables you to have better contact with the road surface.
All of these tips can help you keep your bike in good condition.
Hopefully, we have shown you how important a good storage solution is in helping to maintain the condition of your bike. It’s one of the most important factors in an overall bike care routine. If you look after your bike, and store it wisely, you should help extend its life and maintain its performance levels.