How to store your bike away for winter

|

If you prepare your bike for winter storage, it stays in top shape until spring! Simplon tells you how to get your bike ready for its winter slumber. 

Time to hibernate – tips on how to store your bike away for winter

Winter has finally arrived in Austria. Due to sub-zero temperatures and icy roads, even the most ambitious of bike fanatics don’t like leaving the comfort of their home. For their bikes, this means: time to enjoy their well-deserved winter break!

Simplon has a few tips for you on how your bike can make it through the frosty season in tip-top shape … 

The perfect storage location for winter

Treat your bike to a nice location for its winter break – garage, basement, separate storage unit or hallway. All that matters is that it’s dry there! Because the natural enemies of every bike are water, frost and moisture – they tend to creep into the technical components. 

If you park your favourite bike in the living room, you’re not just right on trend – it’s also beneficial for the two-wheeler! Perfectly protected from wind and weather, it hangs above the couch. Under the motto: “from basement dweller to the ultimate lifestyle roommate”. 

Clean and lubricate it!

On the last ride before storing your bike away for winter, dirt and road salt coated the frame, rims and the chain? And that’s how your bike is supposed to veg out in the basement? Hopefully not! Because now it’s time to clean and groom it a little. Once rust takes hold, the start of the new season will only be half as enjoyable … 

As a first step, clean the dirt and road salt off your bike. Make sure you don’t just give the frame tubes a good cleaning but also the components and small parts on the bike. Don’t forget: Moving parts like the chain and shifting system should be lubricated with oil. That keeps them young! Dust tends to stick to too much oil and grease – wipe the excess off! Ideally, you might want to cover up your bike over the winter. 

Simplon tip: Try not to use any chain cleaner! It sucks every last bit of oil out of the chain links. Normal bike cleaner is more than enough. 
 

Pump it up!

Over the course of winter, tyres tend to lose a bit of air. To make sure that not all of the air escapes and the bike eventually stands on flat tyres, you should inflate them properly before the winter break. Pumping them up once or twice throughout winter is a good idea as well. Because: A flat tyre can deteriorate the material. 

By the way: If your bike has a longer period of latency ahead, shift to the smallest gear wheel – both in the front and in the rear. This prevents unnecessary tension. 

Waking it from its winter slumber

Let’s be honest, it would be a pity to store away your beloved Simplon bike somewhere out of sight and out of mind for the whole winter season. Regularly check on your two-wheel baby! 

Pull the brake levers once in a while – that keeps the brake pistons from getting stuck. Compress the shock absorbers and fork from time to time to lubricate the seals. Simplon tip: If you have the option to do so, you should hang your bike by its front wheel. That allows for the fork oil to always reach the seals and thus prevent them from running dry. 

What to do with an e-bike

When you store away your e-bike for winter, you should take down the battery if possible. Store it at room temperature and protected from light! During the winter break, the battery shouldn’t be fully charged but also not fully empty – otherwise, it’s lifespan might decrease. Ideally, it should have a charge of about 60 percent. 

Recommendations

How to plan the perfect E-MTB tour

In our three-part series, bike expert Christoph Malin shares his tips on how to plan the perfect E-MTB tour. Part 1: The four phases of tour planning. 

The particularities of an E-MTB tour

Find out everything you need to know about a longer E-MTB tour – in the third part of our series about tour planning. Christoph Malin shares his insights! 
© Erwin Haiden

A journey through the Experience Centre

Succumb to the fascination “bike” at the Simplon Experience Centre! Read more on the blog about the steps to get your own customised bike! 
© John Gibson Photo and TransRockies Classic

TransRockies Classic – experience report of an MTB rider

Mark Almond rode the wildest trails of North America on his Cirex 120 during the TransRockies Classic. He shares the ups and downs of his exciting trip with us. More!