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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-02-2019, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

I came across something somewhere that said never to store slicks in freezing temps. I keep my race bike stored in the trailer all winter long and up here in MA it gets very cold. Can this ruin the slicks? Should I pull the wheels off and bring them in the house? Let me know what you guys do in the winter time or if you or anyone you know have had any issues with storing slicks in cold temps. Thanks!
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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

Interested in seeing what the responses are. I plan to keep my tires in the area of the basement near the hot water heater. It should be nice and warm down there. Hopefully they still come fully wrapped like they did from the factory.

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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

I have seen slicks crack in 30 degree weather. Brand new ones, never been on a rim.
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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

I wouldnt worry about the slicks as much as the lack of coolant that would be in a race bike.

A small electric space heater might be a solution to keep temps above freezing...depending on the size of the trailer.
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I wouldnt worry about the slicks as much as the lack of coolant that would be in a race bike.

A small electric space heater might be a solution to keep temps above freezing...depending on the size of the trailer.
I put anti-freeze back in before I put it away for the winter...
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I have seen slicks crack in 30 degree weather. Brand new ones, never been on a rim.
Very interesting... Maybe i'll go unload the trailer and pull the wheels off and bring them in the house.
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You should bring the bike in the house

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There isn't a way to get the bike in the house haha. Believe me if I could it would be in my living room. This summer I will be adding a sliding glass door and a deck. So maybe next winter if I can get it up on the deck then I can bring it in the house!
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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

If you have the bike on stands, just pull the wheels off and sit them in the house somewhere. I put mine in the storage closet in the basement next to the hot water heater. It fluctuates between 68 and 78 degress down there. That should keep 'em comfortable.


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If you have the bike on stands, just pull the wheels off and sit them in the house somewhere. I put mine in the storage closet in the basement next to the hot water heater. It fluctuates between 68 and 78 degress down there. That should keep 'em comfortable.


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That is my plan. What slicks are those?

However, if you're running a track/race bike all you really gotta do is empty the radiator, no need to put antifreeze in and then have to clean the system and eliminate traces of the antifreeze come spring time.
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