Is your bicycle ready for cold weather? Bicycle rust protection is essential for the winter months. Many cyclists in colder climates know how thrilling a winter ride can be. But have you ever considered how snow, ice, freezing temperatures, and frigid winds could affect your bicycle?
Bicycles are always susceptible to rust, corrosion, moisture, and dust, but this is especially true in winter weather. Climate changes are coming; snow, ice, loose gravel, and salt can do severe damage to your bicycle's paint job, bodywork, and braking system. Minor scratches and nicks on a bike's frame can quickly turn to rust. So, when a bike is stored in cold weather without covering protection, then it needs extra care. It is best not to leave your bicycle outside.
Also, check out these tips for preparing your bike for winter:
Clean your bicycle after every use. After a long summer of riding, simple things like washing and drying your bike can make a big difference. While cleaning the entire bicycle is important, pay special attention to the painted parts to prevent corrosion. After your bicycle is completely dry, add polish.
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 the 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.
Store your bike away from the elements. One of the best places to store your bicycle is in a dry, relatively warm garage away from salt, water, and dirt. But while garages can do a decent job of protecting your bike from the elements, more is required. Hang your bicycle upside down to keep the tires inflated. Many cyclists drill large rubber hooks into the ceilings to protect the bike tires from dust and dirt on the ground. Invest in a bicycle cover. Often inexpensive, bicycle covers preserve your prized possession from wind, water, corrosion, and rust—your bike's greatest enemies. Simply putting your bike in the corner of the garage will not ensure its safety. A bike cover adds an extra layer of protection. If you are looking for durable, all-weather protection that reduces rust and corrosion formation on your bike, I recommend looking for a bicycle rust protection cover.
There are bicycle covers that are woven with a special corrosion-inhibiting formula that puts a VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) shield on the surface of your bicycle. That means bicycle covers guard your bike not just from water and damaging UV rays but also from rust and corrosion—the ultimate solution for seasonal bicycle storage and bicycle rust protection. It is nice to breathe new life into old things; repairing an older bike is not always the more affordable option. That does not mean it should not be done?. I have worked with numerous customers who spent many hundreds of dollars on their beloved old bikes--Some bikes expose to salt and water (traveling or living near the beach) + (abused or accidents) can be more challenging. Just be aware that a complete restoration can easily exceed the cost in some cases.
My tune-up prices range from $60 to $180. The specific tune-up we recommend is not based on personal preference (ours or yours) but rather dictated by the bike's condition when brought to us for service. Our Basic Tune-Up may not adequately address the needs of a bike that has been ridden extensively. If you have left your bike in the outdoors or negleted for several seasons, and offering anything less than the top-level service will not result in a safe operating manner or your satisfaction.
What can I expect after the tune-up is completed?
You should expect it to function like new or better. You should also expect to need some additional adjustments after a comprehensive tune-up, especially if any new bike parts were installed. Any full-service tune-up includes a follow-up period to adjust any related service performed within 90 days free of charge.
Can the repair be tailored to my specific needs?
A tune-up can be a terrific opportunity to upgrade your bicycle components or modify their fit or functionality to your current needs. A tune-up service does not include the labor on the removal service and Installation of bike components.
Free Safety Inspection with all Service Tune Packages – Includes inspection of tires, wheels, and rim surfaces, brakes and pads or shoes, cables & housing, brake lines, inspect frame and fork for cracks, check all bolts and fasteners, check drive train for wear and inflate tires.
Cleaning Your Bicycle – All service levels above from 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 the compatibility, suitability, authenticity, specification, limitation, or potential safety issues of any bike parts before agreeing to install, mount or service any of these parts. Our goal is to provide you with the best bicycle service possible to make sure that your bike operates correctly and safely.
We do not offer Rush Charges – We always try to get your bike back to you as soon as possible. We will communicate with you and try to accommodate your schedule to the best of our ability considering everything, including our existing schedule. If it is something quick and simple, we will make it fast and straightforward; we will not put you at the end of a line with no completion date just because you were next. We are very particular about the quality of the work that we do for you; we have standards that we have developed over the years. That is why we hope you brought your bike in, and we are always happy to see everyone!
We work on older bicycles too.!
If you have a restoration project in the garage for many years, I can help; an inspection will tell me if it is repairable; we would like to repair it for you. So, when is the best time to bring your bike? I would recommend getting the bike in the Fall and Winter season and probably not the first weeks of Spring and Summer. Finding bike parts could delay completing the project that requires components research due to limited stock. We would love to get your bike restored if it has been in your garage or basement for years, and it will require attention and work. Please do not be disappointed if we cannot fit that project into our regular busy Spring schedule for immediate turnaround. You can email or call so we can plan and schedule and make it happen!
We are good at what we do, and I can fix most bicycles that are repairable.
We reserve the right to refuse any bike to be un-repairable, including replacement components past end-of-service life and support. Some bikes condition may not be economical to repair, and if it has damage beyond repair.