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
#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
#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