How do I winterize my bike in a rainy city?
September 17, 2010 9:10 AM Subscribe
Help me winterize my bike
We live in a townhouse complex and usually store our bikes in front of our front door. In past winters I have kept my bicycle in the bicycle lockup in the underground parking, but I've started riding my bike more and more over the past 6 months or so, and trooping down to retrieve it is a pain in the ass and is a barrier towards me riding my bike more.
However, there is little shelter at our front door for a bike. It rains a lot in the winter here (not as bad as Seattle but close), and so my bike will stay wet 24 hours a day. I've started wiping my bike off after rides and I now put a tarp over it, but is this enough?
How else can I protect my bike against constant wet?
The weather here in the winter averages about 10C during the day or about 45F. It rains continuously from late October to late December. There is no salt put on the roads.
Is there a special lube I should put on the bike? Should I wax it?
As well, if you live in a wet weather city, what do you use for bicycle wear during the winter? It's a little too cold for shorts, and I'm not sure if I can afford Gore-Tex pants. No breathable waterproofs are not really preferred either.