- Drying bikes for shed storage
My bike spends a lot of time in a shed or in the back of my van. The climate is such that it doesn’t dry particulary well. Last time I pinched OrangeSpyderMissus’ hairdryer to get the transmission and various other areas much drier before putting it away and it seemed a really good idea.
Do any more respectable forum members use a similar technique (or alternative?) for drying their bikes after washing. Any advice (either technical or for divorce lawyers 🙁 I think long term I’d have to get my own hairdryer if this is going to happen more often as she really wasn’t happy…)Posted 3 months agohodgyndMember
As above ..Posted 3 months ago
At the end of each ride I always spend a couple of mins to wipe down the chain and remove excess crap from the frame with an old towel prior to putting it inside my car ..where it can often stay until the next day ..wherever possible it gets a “dry ” clean and lube the next day …dont like using too much water even with an ordinary hose ..jameswilliams54Member
Air compressor. Less than £100 from Lidl.
Can also be used for tubeless etc…
Be careful with this approach as most off the shelf compressors will not have a class rating for oil and eater vapour carryover so you could be spraying fine mists of both onto brake pads / rotors etcPosted 3 months agoDavesportSubscriber
Be careful with this approach as most off the shelf compressors will not have a class rating for oil and eater vapour carryover so you could be spraying fine mists of both onto brake pads / rotors etc
Point taken, but never experienced brake pad contamination using this method.Posted 3 months agoBig-BudMember
Clever Trevor’s method would simply not work in calderdale this time of year if you want to venture off from bikes going to get caked .
My drying tip is to cover the brakes entirely with plastic carrier bags .apply bike spray much off water displacer to all moving parts and the frame via a rag .wipe off excess using a large lint free cloth (cheap from wilko) leave in laundry room with a dehumidifier on for a couple of hrs .Lube chain and donePosted 3 months agoBig-BudMember
Oil contamination from compressors indicates a fault or you would not be able to spray with onePosted 3 months ago
Although there are oil free versions available
Look at scheppach compressors on screwfix
The cheap Aldi workzone ones are made by scheppach rebranded and aldi are sold out but due 10000 units in AprilgravesendgruntMember
What are you worried about corroding?Chains are easily wiped dry and lubed before storage,cables can be protected well by full length outers.Posted 3 months ago
If sealed cartridge bearings have had water driven into them no amount of blow drying will save them over time in storage – I would of thought ( although I think regular use/movement helps to prevent them brinneling).HoratioHufnagelMembersuperstuSubscriber
Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy?!
Condensation will mean moisture gets in. You won’t dry all the recesses. Anything that may be susceptible to corrosion can be kept corrosion free with far less hassle.
Someone saying that they don’t use a hose and therefore their bike isn’t wet…very good but presumably you don’t ride in the UK where it rains all the time!Posted 3 months agomattsccmMember
Quid shop WD copy on mechs and exposed cable bits. EP90 on the chain if needed. Balls to the rest. Paints will dry in shed in less time that a decent ride. The fiddly bits won’t be dried by any of the above methods anyway. It’s a bike FFS not a 1st Edition of the Bible.Posted 3 months agoandylMember
when i was at Uni my friends used to store their bikes in my outbuilding which was damp so it did lead to lots of minor surface rust.
As commented above, even if you dry the bike it will get damp due to condensation but some form of cover could help that. Maybe you could get a decent motorbike cover that’s breathable and/or has some form of felt liner.
Towel bike down after washing. Just take care around brakes to not spread fork/chain oil onto them – maybe have a small face cloth for brakes.
If really worried you could always put a little dehumidifier in the bag with the bike.
As for the shed – make sure it’s external waterproofing treatment is in good shape and there is no damp coming in through the roof, walls and floor and make sure it has some ventilation.Posted 3 months agoandylMember
oh and for the compressor you get inline water/oil separators. Cheap ones will be so so but paint spraying will be FAR more sensitive to any tiny amount of oil than your brakes that will be getting covered in all kinds of crap off the roads when riding to and from the trails or from being near your kitchen when cooking.Posted 3 months ago
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