Is your bicycle winter-ready? For winter, I recommend covering the bikes to avoid corrosion. Winter rides may be thrilling, as many bikers in colder locations are aware. But have you ever thought about how weather conditions like snow, ice, chilly temperatures, and brisk winds affect your bike? Rust, corrosion, dampness, and dust constantly threaten bicycles, especially in winter. Weather changes are coming: Your bike's paint, body, and brake system can suffer significant damage from snow, ice, loose gravel, and salt. A bike frame may corrode quickly from even minor scratches. It's wise to keep your bike indoors if you can. If possible, avoid storing your bike outside for more extended periods in inclement weather.
Also, take a look at these tips for preparing your bike for winter:
Clean your bicycle after every use. After a long summer of riding, simple things like wiping down, drying off your bike, and lubing the chain can make a big difference. While cleaning the entire bicycle, paying particular attention to the painted parts is critical to prevent corrosion. Another tip is to add polish to shine the bicycle frame after your bike is completely dry.
Restore damaged parts. Once your bike is clean and dry, repair any moving parts that may have become damaged during the summer. Tighten the handlebars and seat. Replace any moving components that have stopped working. Keeping the chain clean and other moving parts can extend its life and oil it with bicycle oil lubricants. A simple tune-up in the late summer or early fall can save you from a headache in the spring.
One of the best places to store your bike is in a warm, dry garage free of salt, water, and debris. While garages can protect your bike from the weather, more is needed. Hang your bicycle upside down to keep its tires inflated. Many cyclists install rubber hooks into their ceilings to protect their bike tires from dirt and dust. Invest in a bike cover. You can save your bicycle from the elements with bicycle covers, which are usually inexpensive. A bike cover can provide an extra layer of protection.
It is pleasant to breathe new life into vintage bicycles; however, repairing an older bike is sometimes more expensive. There are numerous customers who have invested hundreds of dollars in their beloved old bikes--Some bikes that have been exposed to salt and water (traveling or living near the beach) + (abused or afflicted) commonly have more problems. Just be aware that a complete restoration can sometimes easily exceed the cost. If you have left your bike outdoors or neglected it for several seasons, offering anything less than top-level service will not result in a safe operating manner or satisfaction. Investing in a vintage bicycle is often motivated by sentimental reasons. Emotions tend to run high when faced with these decisions.
You should expect your bicycle to function like new or better. After a tune-up, you should also need additional adjustments, especially for new bike parts such as gear and brake cables. Any full-service tune-up includes a follow-up period to adjust any related service performed within 90 days free of charge.
Free Safety Inspection with all Service Tune Packages – Includes inspection of tires, wheels, rim surfaces, brakes and pads or shoes, cables & housing, brake lines, frame and fork for cracks, check all bolts and fasteners, and check drive train for wear and inflate tires.
Cleaning Your Bicycle – All service levels above a basic tune-up include some degree of bike wipe-down or cleaning; the more extensive the tune – the more intensive the cleaning. Ask us for additional details! Removal and Installation of new bike parts will be an additional charge.
If you bring bike parts, John Bicycles reserves the right to determine any bike parts' compatibility, suitability, authenticity, specification, limitation, or potential safety issues before agreeing to install, mount, or service any of these parts.
Our goal is to provide you with the best bicycle service possible to ensure that your bike operates correctly and safely.
I do not offer Rush Charges – I aim to always return your bike to you as soon as possible. Considering everything, including my existing schedule, I will communicate with you and accommodate you to the best of my ability. Furthermore, I will make it fast and straightforward if it is quick and precise; I will not put you at the end of a line with no completion date just because you were next. I am very particular about the quality of our work for you; I have standards that we have developed over the years. That is why I hope you brought your bike in, and I am always happy to see everyone!
I work on older bicycles too!
When is the best time to take your bike to our repair shop? Winter is a perfect time. You'll probably use your bike less; delivery time is quicker this season. Please be patient if I cannot accept your project during the spring and summer. If you have had a bike in your garage for many years and have been waiting for restoration, I would love to work on your project, and it will require some attention and work. I can help you; an inspection will tell me if it's repairable. Servicing your bike in the winter will ensure it's ready to ride when sunny spring weather arrives. Finding bicycle parts could delay the completion of the project that requires component research due to the global shortage of parts. You can email or call me, so I can plan and schedule an appointment!
I am good at what I do, and I can fix most bicycles that are repairable.
I reserve the right to refuse any irreparable bike, including replacement parts that have passed the end of their life and support. Some bikes' conditions may not be economical to repair, and if it has damage beyond repair.