advice from an expeirenced mover

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advice from an expeirenced mover

During my youth, my dad was relocated for his job several times over the course of ten years. It was hard growing up going through so many moves, but it has helped me learn a lot about packing and moving. Now that I have married a soldier, all of the packing and moving skills that I picked up when I was a kid have helped me pick up and move when my husband is moved to a different base. I have created this blog with the hopes of helping other families going through moves get through them more easily and with fewer problems.



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Tips For Longterm Bike Storage

A storage unit provides a simple means of keeping your bike safe in the off-season or if you aren't going to be able to ride for awhile. This is especially true if you don't have a garage or storage shed on your property. The storage unit will protect the bike from both thieves and weather, and with proper storage, it will only require a quick tune up once you're ready to hit the road again.

#1: Start With a Good Cleaning

Dirt and moisture can lead to paint damage or rust when the bike is in storage. Begin by hosing off all the built-up dust and mud from the bike's frame. You may need to use some soap and water, along with a bit of elbow grease, to get the frame sparkling. Follow this with a thorough drying. Set the bike outside in the sunlight for an hour or so to ensure all the moisture evaporates.

#2: Lube It Up

In a perfect world, you will either perform a full tune up on your bike or take it into a bike shop for a tune up before you store it. But if you can't do either, a quick lube job will be enough to protect the bike before storage. Lubricate the chain, seat and handlebar adjustment bolts, shifter and brake handles, and your derailleurs with a bicycle lubricant. This prevents them from rusting or sticking, which can save you major headaches when you retrieve your bike.

#3: Check the Tires

Your tires are the main thing that can suffer damage in a storage unit. If allowed by facility management, install a ceiling hook in the unit so you can hang the bike up and keep the weight off the tires. If that isn't possible, consider removing the tires and storing them flat on a shelf inside the unit. If you end up storing the bike on its tires, be prepared to replace both the tubes and tires when you pick up the bike. In hot weather, the tubes and tires can permanently flatten on one side from the bike's weight in just a few weeks.

#4: Protect the Seat

The seat is another part of a bike that is prone to damage, since it isn't made of durable metal. If you have a leather seat, consider removing it and storing it at home. Leather can sometimes attract pests in a storage unit, and you don't want a nibbled seat. Another option is to remove the seat and store it in a sealed plastic tub. This is a good idea even for vinyl seats, since this will help protect them from drying out and cracking during storage. To find out more, speak with a company like Centre Avenue Self-Storage.