So it’s been some time since you’ve gotten your two-wheeled friend out of bicycle storage. Now that spring is fast-arriving, it’s time to get your bike out of self-storage and fix it up before getting back out there. Whether it’s rusty or wobbly, there are some easy fixes! We’ve compiled three easy steps to get your bike back in shape before you take off, here’s how it’s done:
Check Your Tires
If you’ve kept your bicycle in your garage or in our storage in Buckley, WA, there’s an easy checklist to follow to get your bike usable again. First and foremost, make sure your tires are good to go. Check for leaks, cracks, and pressure spots before filling them up and possibly adding slime, depending on the condition. If a bike has been in self-storage for a very long time, chances are you’re going to have to replace the tires.
Attention to Brakes
Since your brakes have taken a break, they may need to be adjusted or replaced. A good rule of thumb is that if your brake pads have less than ¼ of an inch left, it’s time to switch them out. You can also test your brakes by pressing down on the levers; if they reach the handlebars, your brakes need to be adjusted or replaced. If you’re unsure about whether or not your brakes need attention, take your bicycle to your local bike shop and ask for help.
If you didn’t keep your bike in your garage or our self-storage in Buckley, WA, chances are it was exposed to the elements and needs a little bit of TLC before it’s ready to be ridden again. Your cranks, chain, and cassettes could all have been compromised by water, so watch this video for drive-train maintenance. Then, check for rust. Most smaller rust spots can be gotten rid of with baking soda, as weird as that sounds. For all the spinning, moving parts on the bicycle, make sure they are thoroughly lubed up.
Now you know how to get your bike into good condition for spring, check out our RV storage in Buckley, WA and get peace of mind knowing that your bike is safe for the off-season in self-storage. Investing in self-storage is a great option if you don’t have a garage or just need a bit of extra space in the Buckley area.