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Happy Memorial Day 2017

happy memorial day 2017Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday in May, making it a much-anticipated three-day weekend to officially kick off the summer season. While you’re enjoying a day off work and some extra time to spend with friends or family at a barbecue or backyard party, it’s also important to remember that Memorial Day is really about honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. And, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re taking some time to show your respect for our fallen soldiers.

A Few Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

While of course picnics and barbecues are always going to be major components of Memorial Day weekend, here are a few other ideas for honoring and remembering the men and women who have served in the United States’ armed forces:

Attend a Memorial Day parade or remembrance event. Cities and towns across the country host parades on Memorial Day to honor our military. At Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford, from May 27-29 they host their Civil War Remembrance weekend with reenacted Civil War events, historic presentations, music, and so much more.

Visit a cemetery to show respect for fallen soldiers. Pick up some flowers and flags and head to a local cemetery to decorate the graves of soldiers. If you have family who served, this is a perfect opportunity to visit their gravesites to give your thanks for their sacrifices.

Decorate your yard with Old Glory. If you already have a flagpole, fly the American flag at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. You can also purchase smaller flags to line your driveway, walkway or gardens with the stars and stripes.

Visit a war memorial. If you live in the Detroit area, you can visit the War Memorial in Gross Pointe, which will be hosts events all week long leading up to Memorial Day, culminating in a traditional Memorial Day Service at 10 am on Monday. Or, a just a little farther away, the Orion Veterans Memorial in Lake Orion also hosts a Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. At 3pm on Memorial Day, all Americans are asked to pause for the National Moment of Remembrance in an act of unity, honoring the heroes who died while defending our country.

Thank a veteran. One of the easiest ways to celebrate Memorial Day 2017? Express your sincere thanks to a veteran. Even though Memorial Day is about remembering the fallen, it’s also a perfect opportunity to thank those still serving and protecting our country and freedoms.

Happy Memorial Day weekend from Self Storage Specialists! We hope you have a safe, fun holiday weekend!

 

 

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How to Move and Store a TV

moving a tvTelevisions are often some of people’s most prized possessions; after all, most people spend several hours a day watching their favorite shows, sports, movies, or just simply have the TV on for soothing background noise. When you’re planning a move, it’s important that you take a few extra steps to keep your TV safe and ready-to-use after your move. The following tips will help make moving a TV not only easier, but ensure your TV stays damage-free while in transit or in a storage unit.

Properly Moving a TV

First, refer to the manual that came with your TV to make sure you’re following all the proper procedures for that particular model, brand and style. Depending on the current setup of your TV (whether it’s sitting on a stand or is mounted to the wall), you’ll most likely need some tools like a screwdriver, power drill, bungee cords, etc. Then, make sure you also have the necessary packing supplies, too. Here are a few of the best practices for moving a TV:

Clean it off. Before packing your TV, wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth. This is an important step because even the smallest amount of dust or debris can scratch the screen. While you’re cleaning it off, another great tip is to take a photo of the back of the TV before you take off all the wires and cables- this way, you’ll know exactly what goes where when you set it back up in your new home.

Cover it up. If you kept the original packaging your television came in, now is the time to dig that out and utilize it for your move. However, if you didn’t keep it – and we get it, those boxes are big and bulky – you can wrap your TV with a moving blanket, protect it with bubble wrap, or envelope it in cardboard.

Guard against stumbles or slips. Even though televisions are getting thinner and lighter with each passing year, they’re still awkward to carry – especially for just one person. If you’re planning a DIY move, make sure two people are available to carry the TV to the moving truck. For further peace of mind, use moving straps or a dolly to ensure a stumble or slip doesn’t mean the death of your TV.

Set it upright on the truck. When you’re moving a TV, it’s important to keep it in an upright position both while you’re carrying it and when you set it in the moving truck. Never lay it flat, as this could easily cause damage to the screen. Try to place it on the truck in between sturdy, wide and flat items, like mattresses or the backs of dressers.

TV Storage – Tips for Keeping it Damage-Free

If you’ll be moving a television into a self-storage unit for any length of time, first, consider a climate controlled unit. Extreme hot or cold temperatures and humidity can easily damage electronics. The steps to storing a TV are very similar to those of moving a TV. You’ll want to make sure it’s a clean as possible, so after taking it off the moving truck, give it another good wipe down.

Then, keep the TV covered while in storage. Again, if you have the original box and packaging materials, that’s the recommended route to take.  If not, keep it wrapped in bubble wrap, blankets and secure with packing tape. Also, just like in the moving truck, store the TV in an upright position to avoid damage to both the screen and the internal components while it’s sitting in the storage unit.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units and climate controlled units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio for all your household and moving needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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Visit These Michigan Wineries this Spring

visit these Michigan wineriesMichigan boasts around 2,650 acres devoted to wine grapes, making it currently the fifth-largest state in wine grape production. Within those acres, you’ll find 100 amazing wineries throughout the region, with many of them located in Southeast Michigan and within 100 miles of downtown Detroit.

The Top Wineries in Michigan

What better way to get out and enjoy the lovely spring weather than to sample some new wines out on a patio? Or, just relax while sipping on your favorite red or white, enjoying the beautiful Michigan countryside and fresh air. It’s time to plan a road trip or two (or better yet, book a limo or party bus!) to some of these amazing Michigan wineries:

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Located in eastern Jackson County, Sandhill Crane Vineyards is family-owned and operated, and they take pride in treating their customers just like their own family. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just want to find your new favorite blend, you’ll feel right at home at Sandhill. Pay just five dollars and you can sample eight of their wines. Or, call ahead to schedule a tour of the winery.

Village Winery

Nestled in the historic village of Romeo, Village Winery offers custom-crafted wines from the finest grapes. 2017 marks this Michigan winery’s tenth year in business, and it’s highly recommended to stop by for some samples when you’re in the historic Romeo area.

Fenton Winery & Brewery

Founded in 2007, the Fenton Winery and Brewery features award-winning wines and brews in their in-brewery taproom and their sprawling, one and a quarter acre Wine and Beer Garden. They produce over 20 different wines and 13 different beers, so you’re sure to find something that pleases your whole party’s pallets. They also host a variety of events like proms, parties, graduations and weddings throughout the year in both the taproom and the Wine and Beer Garden.

Pentamere Winery

Pentamere means “five seas”, and their name celebrates the five Great Lakes. Pentamere Winery’s tasting room is located in a building that’s over 100 years old that has been lovingly updated to reveal it’s simple beauty. You’ll find everything from barrel-aged reds to light and sunny blush wines to try in the tasting room.

Chateau Aeronautique Winery

You’ll find the Airpark Tasting Room at Chateau Aeronautique Winery to be an inviting, warm place with a knowledgeable staff ready to help your find your next favorite wine. Built in an airport community, you’ll enjoy views of the grass runway, plus vintage planes in a hangar that doubles as a cellar room.

Or, sip some of the best wines of the area while enjoying the trails, lake views, the Irish Hills and Hidden Lake Gardens along the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. Not only can you sample delicious Michigan wines, but you can also enjoy shopping, dining and relaxing in a unique bed and breakfast along the way. Want to take your wine excursion a little bit further? Here’s a list of all the wineries in Michigan you can check out this spring and summer.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio for all your household needs. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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Avoid These Packing and Moving Mistakes

packing and moving mistakes to avoidPlanning a move takes a lot of time, as well as a lot of serious organization skills. Think about all the possessions you have, including all those items stuffed into the backs of closets, attics or basements, and how long it might take to pack all those things up for a move. Plus, there’s the fact that you need to hire movers or rent a moving truck, purchase packing supplies, deal with turning off and on utilities at both houses, changing your address…the list goes on and on.

Planning a Move 101 – Don’t Make These Common Moving Mistakes

To help your moving day go as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common packing and moving mistakes people tend to make, along with the solutions for how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Waiting until the last minute to start planning your move.

We guarantee that your moving day is going to arrive much faster than you think! As soon as you have a target moving date in mind, start making some arrangements. For instance, decide if you’re going to go the do-it-yourself route and rent a truck; this means you’ll also need to start hinting around to friends and family that you’ll need their assistance on moving day. Or, start getting quotes from moving companies. Create your moving checklist and packing list to help you stay on track during this hectic time. You should also start stockpiling some packing supplies, like boxes, newspaper, packing paper, packing tape, etc.

Mistake #2: Waiting until the last minute to start packing.

Again, this mistake comes down to thinking you’ll have more than enough time to prepare for your moving day. In reality, it makes good sense to start going through items as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Start purging broken items or things you no longer need, and pack up seasonal belongings, knick-knacks, some of your artwork and clothing. This is also a helpful step if you’re trying to sell your house, as it helps stage your home by clearing out some of your personal items early on.

Mistake #3: Not thoroughly researching moving companies.

It can be tempting to book the first moving company that gives you a reasonable quote and has availability for your moving date, but it’s important to do some background checks first. It’s recommended to contact at least five moving companies and not only get estimates, but also ask if they provide insurance to cover your belongings. Also, read some online reviews to find out if there have been any major complaints about their services.

Mistake #4: Using incorrect packing supplies and/or techniques.

This moving mistake tends to arise due, once again, to poor planning. When you have a just few days left before your moving date, you may start frantically tossing items into whatever boxes or bags you have and throw all thoughts of organization to the wind. But keep in mind, cardboard boxes that have seen better days can easily break when filled with heavy contents or can spill when not properly sealed with packing tape.

Mistake #5: Forgetting to label your boxes.

Label everything. We mean it. The last thing you want to be doing as you’re moving into your new home is searching for the box that has your daily toiletries in it. Plus, unlabeled boxes means the movers or your helpers will just drop them wherever there’s an open space, so as you’re unpacking you’ll find the box that goes in the bedroom in the living room, boxes for the kitchen in the hallway, and so on.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio to help your moving day go as smoothly as possible. Contact us today to learn more.

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Happy 180th Birthday, Michigan!

Michigan facts and historyOn January 26th, 2017, the state of Michigan celebrated its 180th anniversary of joining the Union. Celebrations for Michigan’s official birthday were held back in January, with a ceremony held by elected state officials in the Capitol building in Lansing. The event was dubbed “The Turnaround”, because 180 represents the number needed to turn something around. And, the state of Michigan has certainly turned itself around, reinventing itself in many different ways over the last several years while facing a variety of challenges.

Located in the center of the Great Lakes, Michigan is divided into two masses known as the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The History of Michigan

From 1787 to 1800, Michigan was part of the Northwest Territory. Then, in 1800, the Indiana Territory was created, and most of Michigan lay within it, besides the easternmost parts of the state that remained in the Northwest Territory. It wasn’t until 1805 that the Territory of Michigan was established, and in 1835 the first constitution was enacted.

Actual statehood was delayed until January of 1837 because of the territory’s involvement in a boundary dispute with Ohio, known as the Toledo War. Michigan finally gave up its claim to the mouth of the Maumee River located in Toledo. On January 26th, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed a bill making Michigan the nation’s 26th state.

A Few Interesting Michigan Facts

In honor of Michigan’s 180th birthday, here are a few fun facts about the state that you may not have known:

  • Michigan has several nicknames – the Wolverine State, the Great Lakes State, the Mitten State and Water (Winter) Wonderland. Sidenote: although known as the Wolverine State, there actually aren’t any more wolverines in Michigan.
  • Sault Ste. Marie was founded in 1668 by Father Jacques Marquette, and it is the third oldest remaining settlement in the country.
  • Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan University – it’s the biggest institute of higher learning in the state and one of the largest in the entire United States.
  • The most populated city in the state is Detroit, and although Lansing is now the state capital, Detroit was actually the original capital! The least populated city is Lake Angelus, located in Oakland County.
  • The M-1, or Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is known as the first concrete-paved road in the country.
  • After Alaska, Michigan has the second-longest coastline in the U.S. and is home to more than 11,000 lakes. When you’re in the state, you’re never more than 85 miles away from one of the Great Lakes.

Do you have any fun Michigan facts to share? What’s your favorite thing about our state?

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The Craft Beer Scene in Michigan

Michigan craft beer Across the country, the craft beer scene has been growing for the past several years. According to Fortune.com, back in 2008 there were approximately 1,500 breweries in the nation, and by 2015 that number had grown to around 3,500. People love their craft beer for a variety of reasons: the taste, the variety of options, the better quality, or the fact that they like the idea of buying local and contributing to their communities.

In Michigan, craft beer is all the rage these days. In fact, the number of breweries in Michigan has more than doubled since 2010, with at least 25 more in the planning stages. Grand Rapids even has been dubbed “Beer City U.S.A.” and shows up on several of those “best of” lists as one of the top cities in the country for beer lovers. And, experts agree that Michigan is one of the best craft beer states in the entire county.

The Best Breweries in Michigan to Visit this Spring and Summer

The Michigan Brewers Guild estimates that in 2014 alone, Michigan’s beer industry employed 7,137 people and had an economic impact of over $608 million. And there’s still room for growth! Here are just a few of the amazing Michigan breweries all craft beer aficionados should add to their spring or summer road trips this year:

Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo: Bell’s Brewery is the 7th largest craft brewery in the country, with several of their brews landing on those top beer lists. For example, their Two-Hearted Ale ranked second on Zymurgy’s best craft beers list. They’re also known as one of Michigan’s first craft beer makers. For example,.

Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids: Located in “Beer City,” Founders Brewing Company has spend 20 years perfecting their craft beer flavors and are now one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. They’ve won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals, and three Great American Beer Festival medals, so it’s pretty clear they know what they’re doing in the Michigan craft beer scene and beyond!

Batch Brewing Company, Detroit: Batch Brewing Company, located in Corktown on Porter Street, opened in 2015 and is known as a must-stop establishment for local beer lovers and tourists to the city. Their menu features small batch, handcrafted beer and delicious food, using local ingredients whenever possible.

Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire: Locals love it, and tourists are never disappointed by Short’s Brewing Company! They have 20 beers on tap made right on site or in their production facility located in Elk Rapids. They are also known for their outstanding food menu, so make sure you head there with an appetite!

Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor: Located right in downtown Ann Arbor, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is known for its sour beers. Their main brewing operations are just outside Ann Arbor in Dexter, and they also have a location in Detroit.

Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall: You’ll find balanced IPAs, delicious fruit beers and more at Dark Horse Brewing Company. Plus, their sprawling compound includes not only the brewery, but a general store, cycle shop, coffeeshop, candy store, bakery and creamery and more. You can really make an entire day out of visiting this amazing brewing company!

These are just a handful of the places of try some great Michigan craft beer! What’s your favorite – did we include it in this list? If you’re looking for more options, Michigan.org compiled this great list of Michigan breweries!

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Easy Tips for Packing a Dorm Room

moving tips for your dorm roomAt the end of the school year, you’ve undoubtedly got a lot on your mind. Cramming for exams, writing papers, and saying goodbye to all the friends you’ve made makes it a stressful, bittersweet time in your life. Plus, you’re probably excited about the warmer weather and have a mild case of spring fever!

With everything going on these last few weeks of school, there’s another task to tackle: Packing up your dorm room. And, while you might be ready to simply stuff all your belongings into giant garbage bags and throw them into your car, if you spend some time preparing and getting organized little by little, your move out day with go as smoothly as possible.

Pack Up Your Dorm Room with these Moving Tips

Getting started packing is often the hardest part of the process. This is why you should consider starting early, and coming up with a plan so you aren’t scrambling on move out day. Here’s a moving out checklist to follow and some tips to keep you on track during this crazy time of year:

Start purging stuff. Over the school year, you acquire a lot of stuff. It’s time to start paring down some of those items that you won’t need over the summer or in your dorm room next year. Get rid of broken or damaged items, finally take your overflowing bag of cans to get recycled, and set things aside that can be taken to a donation center.

Pick up supplies. Start accumulating things like boxes, garbage bags, packing tape, filler material, etc. little by little. Having the right packing supplies early makes it easy for you to start packing items early!

Rent your self storage unit. If your home for the summer is a good distance away from your school, renting a self storage unit is a great option for college students. You won’t have to lug those bulky, larger belongings all the way home to be stored in a basement only to have to bring them back next year. Plus, you can rent the right size unit that fits your specific needs, and most storage facilities offer flexible, month-to-month leases.

Pack up clothing. Clothes can easily be the first thing to get packed, especially seasonal clothing like winter coats, hats and boots. Only leave out the essentials needed for the last few weeks of school: comfortable clothes to study in, a hoodie or sweater for chilly nights, some jeans and t-shirts, and maybe just one or two nice outfits to enjoy a final night on the town with friends.

Sell your books. One of the best moving tips is to sell your books. Why? Well, textbooks are notoriously large and heavy, and depending on the topic, many of them tend to go obsolete within just a year or two. Instead of packing up and moving your books, sell them back to the campus bookstore or on a website like Craigslist or Amazon.

Go through all the nooks and crannies. On the final days leading up to your move, make sure to go through all your dresser and desk drawers, shelving units, cupboards, and the back of your closet so nothing gets left behind.

Self Storage Specialists have secure self storage units near University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Notre Dame, University of Dayton and Wright State University. Contact us today to learn how we can help college students plan a stress-free move.

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How to Start a Home Decluttering Project

how to declutter your homeWe all know that famous saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” However, it’s not uncommon for some of those so-called “treasures” to turn into piles of items that are simply taking up far too much space in your home. And, did you know that all that stuff actually takes a toll on your mental health? People who live in messy, disorganized homes often admit that they feel not only stressed out and anxious, but also tired and unsettled all the time.

Decluttering Tips for Ultimate Home Organization

Spring has sprung, so it’s the perfect time of year to start figuring out the best ways to declutter your home and make it a safe, clean and organized space you enjoy living in. Don’t get overwhelmed; decluttering is a skill we all have! Here are a few decluttering tips to get you started on the process:

Envision the results. No matter what area of the home you’re decluttering, take a moment to picture how the space will look when you’re finished. Even if it’s just the hallway closet or the junk drawer, close your eyes and imagine how organized it will be, how easy you’ll find the items you’re looking for, and so on. You can even go as far as finding an image in a magazine or on a website that gives you the inspiration you need to get started.

Put time on the calendar to declutter your home. Your life is hectic, and unless you set aside some time for decluttering, chances are you’ll find a variety of reasons to continue to put it off. Decide on a day, and then how much time you can designate to your home organization goals, even if it’s only an hour at a time.

Do some prep work. Depending on how much clutter you plan to clear, you may need to do some preparing for your project. This means purchasing some storage containers, garbage bags, or even renting a self storage unit for the items you want to keep, but need to clear out of your home.

Ask yourself the right questions. As you sort through belongings, think about the reasons why you’re holding on to particular items. Are they bringing you joy? Have you attached fond memories to them? Are you only keeping it because you think you may need it someday? Remember, you should have a plan for every piece you decide to keep. And if those concert t-shirts from the 90s are packed away in a box somewhere, are they really bringing you joy or conjuring up any happy memories?

Start small. You don’t have to attempt to clear out the entire basement or garage in a single day. Instead, focus on the areas that are bringing you the most stress. Maybe that means tidying up the workbench or cleaning out the shelves in the laundry room. As you make small changes, you’ll become more motivated to continue with the bigger issues.

Stop shopping – at least for now. It can be tempting to want to bring new items into the home as you start clearing out some space, but try to hold off until you’ve finished every decluttering project you’ve set out to accomplish. You want to stay focused on the task at hand, and incorporating new things into a space you’re still trying to clear out just gives you that much more to deal with.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio to get your home organization projects jumpstarted this spring! Contact us today to learn more.

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Tax Season Document Storage Tips

document storageThis year, the deadline to file taxes is April 18, and in case you haven’t noticed – or perhaps you’re just procrastinating – that date is right around the corner! If you haven’t filed yet this year, there’s no time like the present to buckle down and get things in order. Or, if you’re ahead of the game and have already filed, you can save yourself a little time next year by making sure all your documents are as organized as possible.

Organizing Paperwork in 5 Steps

Depending on how many tax documents you have, organizing paperwork can be a fairly simple process or a highly complicated one. It’s important to choose a system that will meet your needs. Maybe you only need a small file drawer and a few folders, or, if you have a lot of itemized expanses and deductions, you may need to utilize an entire file cabinet and some other document storage solutions to ensure you’re keeping things for the proper amount of time.

Regardless of the amount of paperwork you have, here five steps keeping it all as organized as possible:

Designate a space to get organized. First, make sure you have ample space to spread out with all your paperwork. This can be a dining room table, your office, or even a bedroom floor.

Figure out your filing system. Are you going to use folders? Paperclips? Clear, plastic sleeves? Sticky flags? However you choose to get organized, pick one system and stick with it.

Arrange documents by year. Sort through your documents and place them into piles by year, starting with your earliest return to the most recent one.

Prepare for next year. As you’re sorting through paperwork, do some extra preparation for next year by keeping an additional space ready for any documents you’ll gather throughout the year, like medical bills, pay stubs, donation forms, and more.

Invest in some document storage solutions. We’re not just talking about boxes and containers here, although those are important to obtain, too! If you don’t have enough storage space in your home to store tax documents for the appropriate length of time, a great solution is to rent a self storage unit. Remember, you should keep documents like receipts for tax-deductible expenses, canceled checked, W-2 forms, 1099 forms and year-end credit card statements for seven years.

Secure Document Storage Solutions

Important tax documents should be kept in a secure location, and only those you trust should have access to them. Self storage units are available in a variety of sizes, with the smallest being 25 square feet, or the size of a closet, making it a perfect choice for document storage. Your paperwork will be safe and easy to access, with the additional bonus of freeing up storage space in your home for items you need on a much more regular basis.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio for any of your household storage needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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Get Ready to Take Your Bike Out of Storage

how to take a bike out of storageSpring is in the air! As the weather warms up, bike enthusiasts everywhere are getting ready to hit the trails for the spring and summer riding season. Although Detroit might by synonymous with the automobile industry, our city has no shortage of amazing bicycle paths to enjoy some scenic views and fresh air. So, if you took some time to properly prepare your bike for storage last fall, you should be ready to hit the open road after performing a few routine maintenance tasks.

How to Get a Bike out of Storage in 5 Steps

It’s time to visit your storage unit and prepare your bike for some spring riding adventures. Follow these five steps and you’ll be on your way to enjoying some exercise and the great weather awaiting you:

Give the bicycle a good cleaning. No matter where you’ve been storing a bike for the past several months, it’s bound to get at least a little dusty and grimy. Make it shiny and new by rinsing it with a garden hose, then using a bucket of warm, soapy water and some rags or a soft brush to wash it off. Rinse, then dry with a clean cloth.

Check for rust. While you’re drying off the bike, start looking for any rusty spots. Usually, rust can start forming around the nuts and bolts. If you notice any rusty parts, first make sure they’re still sturdy and aren’t about to break. Then, use some WD-40 and an abrasive sponge to clean off the rust as well as possible, making note to replace those pieces sooner than later.

Inspect the tires. Check the rims and tires for any damage, and spin the wheels to make sure they are moving smoothly. Look at the spokes – do they seem loose or bent? If anything needs to be replaced, make sure to do that before hitting the road. Also, pump some air into the tires and make sure they’re properly inflated. It’s recommended to do this a few days before your first ride to ensure there are no holes in the tires.

Test out the brakes. Look at the brake pads first to see if they appear worn out. Then, press the brake levers to make sure the pads are properly making contact with the rims.

Lubricate all the moving parts. It’s quite possible that while in storage, your bike “dried out” a bit. Use a waterproof grease to lubricate the chain, checking for rust and snugness, too. The pedals, seat, and handlebars may also need to be rubbed down, too.

Why Should You Consider Storing a Bike?

Self storage is a perfect bicycle storage solution because it helps keep the bike in the best working condition possible. It will be safe from the elements in a clean, dry location and ready to use when the warmer weather finally arrives.

Self Storage Specialists have a variety of sizes of storage units available at our locations in Michigan and Ohio for any of your household storage needs. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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