Central Oregon has four distinct seasons. During each of those seasons, there’s a multitude of outdoor activities to partake in. That’s one of the reasons we love living here so much.
Along with all those wonderful outdoor activities, comes the need for a lot of gear. If you’re like most people, finding room to store bikes, kayaks, golf clubs, skis, and everything else is a challenge at best. That’s where storage units come in. In fact, we’re willing to bet that the majority of our occupied units have some sort of outdoor recreation gear stored inside.
But what about when it’s time to get those golf clubs out in the spring after a winter full of skiing and snowboarding? It can be a real pain to rummage through everything when your equipment hasn’t seen daylight for months. And what about maintaining that equipment before you put it away? In short, how can you make this entire process easier? We’ve got some ideas.
Skis and Snowboards
Freshly fallen snow is a beautiful sight. It’s clean and inviting. There’s no better invitation to get out and play.
With that being said, skis and snowboards inevitably pick up a lot of grime over the course of a long season. Before you put your gear away for the warm months, there are some easy steps you should take to keep them looking and working like new.
Start by giving them a thorough cleaning. Salt, grease, and grime can cause fiberglass to quickly deteriorate. As such, wipe surfaces thoroughly with a clean rag, soap, and water.
Next, inspect your equipment for nicks and dings that could have been sustained over the season. If you find anything, check with your local ski shop as this is a great time of year to find discounts on repairs.
Lastly, all your blades should receive a healthy coat of fresh wax. This is especially important around the bases and edges to keep rust from taking over.
Just like skis and snowboards, bikes can take a beating after continued use. For that reason, it’s important to give them a little TLC before they’re put away.
Get a tune-up. We get it, this can be an annoying expense to incur when you’re not going to use your bike again for months. However, it helps ensure your bike is in tiptop shape when the season fires up again. And, you won’t have to spend the money later!
The next step is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. As the weather turns cold, tires lose pressure. That’s why it’s important to make sure they’re fully inflated before you put your bike away.
Your chain needs some attention too. There’s no time better than the end of the season to lubricate your bike’s chain. This not only ensures it’s ready to go next season, it helps prevent corrosion and rust.
Kayaks and Paddleboards
There’s a lot that can happen to kayaks and paddleboards when they sit idle in storage all winter. If you can, avoid storing these items directly on the floor. Doing this can cause scrapes, scratches, and even leaks. If you have no other choice, make sure you place a soft blanket or cloth down beforehand.
Should you have the room, store your kayaks and paddleboards off the ground with the use of cords or straps. This keeps anything from twisting or pulling on the frame.
When we talk about soft goods, we mean all those extras that assist in your outdoor adventures. Backpacks, gloves, ski poles, jackets, camping equipment, and many other items all need to be cared for and stored properly.
For anything that’s made of cloth, store it in a sealable plastic bag. This keeps moisture out and vermin from chewing away at the material.
For larger equipment like camping gear, boots, and water bottles, bins are a great storage method. Not only do bins allow you to keep everything organized, they provide added protection from outside elements.
It’s also a good idea to take batteries out of items like lanterns and flashlights and store them separately. If batteries are left inside, these objects are prone to corrosion.
There’s nothing better than pursuing the outdoor activities you love most when the right season comes around. In order to get the most out of your experience, you need to make sure your equipment is in proper working order.
Part of that process is making sure you care for and store everything responsibly. Doing so helps everything last longer, and it makes the process and getting things out of storage easier when the time comes.
We’re experts at storing outdoor equipment at Lucky Horseshoe Storage in Bend and Redmond, Oregon. In fact, we store plenty of it ourselves. If you’re interested in learning more about tips to store your outdoor adventure gear, or about how our storage options can best suit your needs, give us a call. We’re here to help however we can.