Whether you live in a cold and snowy state or enjoy sunny dry weather all year, it is important to maintain your bicycle properly to avoid any damage and keep it working smoothly.
Bicycles can be used all-winter-long, or they can be stored throughout the colder months.
If you plan on storing bicycles for the winter, keep these tips in mind:
1. Remove any accessories such as water bottles, GPS, bells, or any other electric devices to store in a warm and dry place.
2. Thoroughly wash and dry the bicycle.
3. Get the bicycle a full tune-up.
4. Check the status of air in the tires.
5. Lubricate chains and cables.
6. Ensure that the bicycle is being stored in a place that is protected from extreme temperatures, water, and animals.
If you plan on riding your bicycle throughout the winter, keep these tips in mind:
1. Make sure your bicycle is ready for more extreme weather by getting a full tune-up prior to riding.
2. Clean and lubricate chains and gears at least once a week.
3. Wipe down your entire bicycle after every snowy ride to make sure the moisture, road salt, or any ice melting chemicals won’t cause damage to the frame or components.
4. Keep an eye on your brake pads throughout the season as the sand and grit on the road will wear them down fast.
5. Whenever possible, store your bicycle in a clean, dry, and temperature-controlled environment. Especially in the case of extreme weather.