With winter coming, most road bicycles are set to be stored away for the season. While some will switch to fatter tires to gain traction in the snow, that's not for everyone. This is an important time of the year for maintenance. Even doing a basic wash can add to the life of your bike as corrosion is avoided while the bike idles. If you plan to store a bicycle, inside is better than outside. Wherever the bike ends up to ride out the winter, Door County Silent Sports President Dave Ferguson says getting it off the ground matters.
Inflating tires to the correct levels and suspending the bicycle prevents bulges or flat spots from developing in the tires. If the problems are severe enough, they can lead to spoke and rim damage. Another tip is to get a tune-up at a bike shop in the fall to avoid fighting the crowds come spring.