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Santa’s got a brand new ride

The kiddos asked and old St. Nick delivered — a shiny new bike, that is. But depending on where you live, it’s not exactly bike riding season. So after dad gives in and lets them do a couple laps around the living room, what do you do with the new ride until the snow thaws?

Well, I’m glad you asked. There are lots of things you can do to make sure your fresh wheels are in still in new condition when the summer sun comes back.

Bicycle storageCeiling Mount Bike Lift

  1. Garage Bike Storage Systems: Whether you mount it or hoist it, there are lots of options. Most of these ceiling storage designs are great because you can keep bikes inside, safe from the winter elements, but still have access to your garage. Mom’s happy because she doesn’t have to scrap her windshield before work AND because bikes are out of little ones sight, out of mind until summer. Dual Bike Stand
  2. Bike Stands: Free standing bike stands are a great resource if you have the floor space OR if you’re hesitant about your handiness and would prefer not to hang heavy objects above your not-quite-paid-off car. You can snag one up for less than 100 bucks and easily store bikes during the off season.
  3. Wall Bike Storage: Your final option is wall-mounted holders. These are my favorite because they’re inexpensive, easy to install on your own and still clear floor space in the garage or basement without hoisting to the ceiling.

 

Cycling in the winter is still fun

Well, winter is here. Time to put away the bike and stare longingly out the window until spring arrives. Right?

Nope! Don’t let a little snow slow you down.

Here is a simple trick: If you want to keep on biking trough the winter, adding cable ties to your tires will give you traction to get through the snow and ice. Just make sure you bundle up properly — protect your feet, hands, face and wear your sunglasses — that snow is bright!

Bike trails are best in the winter. Stay away from icy roads and traffic if you can. Of course, the right bike rack will make traveling to your local bike trails a cinch. Happy cycling!

DIY Studded Snow Tires from Zip Ties

Photo courtesy greencupboards.com.