There are many reasons regarding the bicycle outside. Ideally, we should all have a interior space in our homes to have the bike in controlled climate conditions.
But as the owner of a bike that refuses to play friendly with the stairs of my apartment, I can attest that even the beloved two-wheeled bikes are sometimes too much beasts and inconveniences to invite inside.
What happens to a bicycle outside?
Taking the bicycle outside, the chain will start to rust, especially if it lives in a humid area, it is aIt is slow and varies depending on the level of chain your bicycle has, The higher-end chains have more stainless steel parts of which do not rust as fast.
From there, all your parts will degrade, with the heat the pieces of plastic and rubber will begin to decompose.
The colors will fade and the plastic will become brittle. That is not a great concern in cold climates, but when the temperatures drop, you will have more problems with the rust and the pieces seized.
The Bolts can be tightened Because they have different metals and eventually corrode and get stuck, their orientations will also begin to grip and freeze or break.
The sun too will degrade the plastic parts of your bicycle. One in particular is the sheath at the outer end of the cable housing, which will break and crack, and you'll see that all the cables come out of the housing
How long does the bicycle break down?
There are several things that can make your components begin to degrade, this depends on several conditions, says Daniel Slusser, part of the SRAM team.
¿Cuanta vida tiene tu bicicleta? A newer bicycle, for example, something from the last five to ten years, is more likely to have better seals on buckets, headphones and other parts that prevent moisture corrosion, especially if the bike is high end.
Slusser says that leaving your bike outside for a couple of days is not a big problem, even if it is left in the rain.afirma Daniel Slusser SRAM
But after a week, you'll start to see visible damage It also depends on where you live, bicycles parked in places with lots of rain or humidity are more likely to corrode faster.
The damage timeline depends on whether your bicycle is in direct sunlight or moisture. In the worst case, it could take about a month for all that corrosion to subside.
Do some rainy days affect the bicycle outside?
Leaving your bicycle outside for one or two days will not cause greater damage. You may see signos de oxidación after a week of abandonment. After a month in poor condition, your beloved bicycle parts will begin to degrade.
The money you will spend having to replace the corroded pieces could have been spent on a easy storage solution, such as a reduced space gravity frame or a vertical suspension system.
Try preventively lubricate the cables and the bolt heads, even the bolt threads where they connect with other parts, "says Slusser. "You can put grease on them and that will keep them from sticking
How to protect the bicycle outside?
If there is no other option than to leave the bicycle outside It is possible that you can apply some strategies to save the life of the bike.
- Use the shopping bag for the seat: use a plastic bag around to keep it dry while it is parked. It could prevent the elements from destroying their seat, especially UV rays.
- Apply Frame Saver or WD-40 for steel frames: You can use this spray to try to inhibit oxidation inside your bicycle for steel bicycles. While removing the seat post to lubricate, spray a little on the seat tube.
- Keep your tires inflated: To avoid damage, keep the tires inflated. You probably only have to pump them several times during the winter. No matter what, your tires will wear out more if subjected to cold and light from the outside, but keeping the air in them will minimize the damage.
Most of the time, rust is not going to be that bad, and you can usually take care of it with a little of oilYou can do it with a wire brush, but do not leave a lot of gouges.
But use thin aluminum foil, not heavy work material.