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    Hi am living away from home for a few months and there is no where to store my high end mtb inside.
    Is it alright to store it outside, it has a bit of a roof and will have a tarp over it.
    Am mostly worried about forks and shock getting damaged

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    Quote Originally Posted by fphmtb View Post
    Hi am living away from home for a few months and there is no where to store my high end mtb inside.
    Is it alright to store it outside, it has a bit of a roof and will have a tarp over it.
    Am mostly worried about forks and shock getting damaged

    Thanks
    No hope I'd leave a high end bike outside, undercover or not.

    You'd be better off preparing it with some sort of (dare I say it) water displacement spray and storing it in a box.

    Surely you can find somewhere to store a box securely?

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    I'm with JT, no way I'd be leaving a bike outside for an extended period. Not so much for fear of damage, but fear of it being stolen.

    Can you strip off the wheels, bars, seatpost/saddle and maybe the fork if you need to, pack it all up in a box or bubble wrap, and put it in the back of a wardrobe?

    Is a local storage facility an option?
    I wish my body was as old as my brain thinks it is.

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    Reduce the size, pull apart and stick it in the roof.

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    I'm reading the post differently to you guys. I think he is living away and taking his bike to ride but the temporary place has no where inside to store the bike.

    Boxing it up or in the roof is not really conducive to riding it.

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    Doh! Think you're right creaky...

    Move bed outside, put bike inside?
    I wish my body was as old as my brain thinks it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nambra View Post
    Doh! Think you're right creaky...

    Move bed outside, put bike inside?
    I did that, sacrificed my bedroom to store my bikes, tools, etc.

    Now i sleep on the lounge....Living the dream.

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    I had my bikes outside for about two years (level 4 balcony, they couldn't be seen from the street so theft was no a concern). I tarped them up more so because of the sun beating down on them every day as the balcony was covered but it faced west.
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    I can't see any real problem with storing a bike outside as long as it's not in direct contact with the elements - especially rain!

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    Theft would be my worry. I reckon it'd get knocked off before it had a chance to rust. Only needs one scum bag to see you ride it home...

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