Ken Zirkel writes:
> I'm a bit worried about condensation and rust. Does the
> typical shed offer enough protection from the elements that I
> can safely keep all my stuff there? Most of my bikes are
> cro-moly steel, not aluminum or anything fancy.
Unheated covered storage, whether in a garage or a shed, is in fact best
for bikes. The reason is similar to John Mertus' recent post on moving a
bike between climatic conditions quickly. If you keep your bike
*indoors*, you have condensation problems when you ride on a cold dry
day, then bring the bike into warm/humidified conditions in the house.
Instant bike 'sweat', including inside frame tubes, etc. Then, when you
take it outside again in cold rain, the warmed air inside the hub shells
contracts rapidly, pulling in moisture with it where it doesn't belong.
If the bike sleeps in the same temperature/humidity as the outdoors,
then there are zero such issues. It's always acclimatized already. The
only remaining issue in that regard, then, is that if you put a bike
away wet into a small shed, there is little air movement to let it dry
off. So, best to give it a cursory towel-down before storage in rainy
The only other issue I could see is if the shed is sealed without much
venting; in summer it may get superheated and dry the tire rubber out,
or it may retain humidity which your ferrous metal bits wouldn't like.
So I'd make sure there's reasonable airflow. Otherwise, it's a great way
Note to those of you who may store bikes in your basement or garage:
tires and other rubber bits *really* don't like hanging out near
furnaces or motors such as those in fridges/freezers/air compressors.
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