We just wanted to share a few bike tips with our potential incoming weather.
Make sure your bikes are indoors. A bad storm is the perfect time to give your bike a few feet of space inside, even if you usually keep it outside.
If you live in a flood area, hang your bike up high. Salt water is very corrosive and can ruin an entire bike simply through exposure. Generally water can get into places it shouldn’t, causing bearings to rust and other metals to oxidize. Those can be an expensive repairs. If your bike does get a foot or less of saltwater exposure, rinse it thoroughly with clean fresh water as soon as possible and allow to dry. Also make sure there is no water left inside the frame. There are usually drain holes on the underside of the frame (which can also allow it to fill up!). Those holes can clog trapping water in the frame. Don’t forget to apply fresh lube. Usually we are not fans of WD-40 but it is great for displacing water. ANY water deeper than a foot, bring it in ASAP so it can be disassembled and cleaned. Basically, if the bottom bracket (where the pedals attach) or wheel axles get submerged, that requires more extensive care. It would always be a good idea to have one of our mechanics check out the bike with any amount of water exposure.
Take a picture of your bike TODAY. Try to get close ups so we can clearly see the brand and paint scheme as well as the labels on the derailleurs, shifters and brakes, if possible. Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with when it comes to how much your bicycle is actually worth. With your pics, it makes it easier to correctly value them and make that insurance claim. Original receipts help too! Also, write down your bikes serial number in case it disappears entirely. The serial number is usually located on the frame at the bottom bracket – where the pedals connect to the frame. Please don’t rely on the fact that you have had your bike serviced here. We see so many bikes, unfortunately we can not remember every one.