At the time of this writing, Summer is slowly winding down, and Fall is quickly showing up! This is generally when we start to think about how we are going to be storing all of our things we use throughout the summer, including our bikes!
We personally have a shed that we keep most of our outdoor equipment in for the winter, like our kayaks, lawn mower and of course the bikes.
So this got me to thinking, will my bike rust in the shed?
In the end, a bike generally will not rust in the shed, as long as you take care of it, and store it correctly! Things like covering it up, and maintaining your bike play big parts in how well your bike will hold up in the shed.
Depends on the humidity
One big concern is going to be the humidity in your area! If you live in high humidity areas like the south-east USA you likely will have a lot of condensation on your bike if it is left in the shed.
Condensation sits on your bike, and in turn will cause it to rust.
We’ll talk a little later in the article how to make sure that even though you may have to keep your bike in the shed, there are ways to keep it from rusting.
Keep your bike clean
Much like a car, or really anything you own, keeping it clean will make it last considerably longer than if it isn’t clean.
Before storing your bike in a shed long term, make sure you are keeping the bike clean after riding.
How to keep it from rusting
So how are you going to keep your bike in good condition throughout storing your bike in the shed? Here are some ideas, you can use some or all of them to make sure your bike is taken care of.
Cover it up
This is the easiest way to keep your bike from rusting! A cover like a tarp, or something more specific to a bike like this bike cover here will keep condensation from settling on your bike.
Make sure to allow for a bit of air flow, so that if any condensation does make its way onto the covered bike, it has a way to dissipate.
Make sure there is air flow
Air flow is extremely important when it comes to rust on, really anything. Make sure your shed has that air flow by checking for a vent on the opposite side of the shed door.
This will allow for air to enter through the door, and then leave again out that opening.
Spray it with a rust inhibitor spray
What happens if you want to further keep condensation from causing rust? Spray it with something like Boeshield T-9 (that you can buy here). This is a spray that was produced by Boeing to keep rust from forming air crafts.
I assume it should do just fine for a bike as well!
Don’t want to go out and buy something specific? WD-40 can also work as well. However I have read that it can cause a gunk to form, and is a bit of a pain to clean off.
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Perform all maintenance
You should always be keeping your bike nice and clean! Do your roads have salt or live in a salty air area, make sure to wash your bike down regularly to keep rust from forming while it is in storage.
Make sure its dry before storing
Finally, whenever you store your bike in the shed, just make sure it is dry before you put it into there.
The worst thing you can do is put it in there wet, because it isn’t going to dry like it would outside, so any water that is on there, likely will sit there for an extended period of time, causing rust.
Many, many people keep their bike in the shed without an issue! I personally keep my bikes in the shed, and haven’t had an issue.
One of my bikes even sat in there for years, but recently took it out without evident rust.
Make sure to take care of your bike by using the methods in this article, and you should be fine!
Keeping your bike inside in a shed, is going to be considerably better than leaving it outside.