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Old 08-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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Storing Gear in Storage Unit

O.K. so I'm planning on getting a 10x10 storage unit w/24 hour access and surveillance. Since it will not be climate controlled, my main question is what I CAN leave in the unit? I'm concerned about leaving my helmet in there but everything else I would guess is O.K. to leave in there. Will this shorten the already blip of a time period of 3 years helmet shelf life??

Anyone have experience with this situation?
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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I would be worried about spiders and other bugs making their home in your gear. I think the UV rays are what break down the helmets quicker, so as long as its not in the sun light seems like it would be fine.
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a couple ideas for you...

think about getting those vacuum sealed bags. theyll do a great job of keeping humidity and moisture from ruining the gear, as well as keeping dust (and spiders like tony said) off your gear. you could wrap them in normal plastic, tape it up, and then put that in boxes...but i dont think its the best option.

how long will this stuff be in storage? how much gear? how much did you pay for it all? consider if it may be more practical, beneficial, or better in the long run to sell the gear used on craigslist or here on MH, and then buy new gear later on? if its going to be a year or more, i see a big plus in having extra cash now, use it on whatever else you need...and then when you get back to riding youll get to have newer updated models of the latest stuff...and who doesnt like shopping for gear? of course i say that about most anything i would put in storage...i would rather have assets liquid, lol.
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Zip Loc makes bags big enough to bury a body in. . .order appropriate sized zip loc bags for your gear and store the gear in them (with dessicant if possible) and plae those bags in a plastic storage tote.
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Assuming by gear you're referring to leathers, boots gloves, etc. I would be worried about bacteria left from sweat growing wild in the heat and humidity.
You might come back in a month and your gear smells like . That would be bad.
I would say hang it in a closet in your house/apt where it will be cool and dry.
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
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Great advice fellas! Thanks for all the help! I'm actually not planning to store it "away." Just need a place to hold it when I'm not riding. Apartment has no garage parking and my big bike won't fit indoors. So it's real close to the apartment and whenever I feel like, I can just park my car and ride out from there.

I suppose zip lock will be much easier to manage (especially since I ride quite often). I have just a jacket, gloves, shoes. I feel that it would be a hassle to keep the riding gear in one location and the bike in another. What if i forget something?! AH!
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sealed bags would ONLY be good if you were storing the stuff for a long time! They thought you meant like "i'm going to be gone for 6 months" kinda storage.

Hang it up, the more airflow/ventilation the better. it's going to take longer to dry out the sweat on your jacket and gloves, since the relative humidity will be higher than that of your house. Try to find a way to "spread" your jacket open (party balloon comes to mind), and try hanging your gloves from a hanger designed for pants, so they can breathe.
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dark damp place seems like it'd be a breeding ground for funky bacteria/fungus. i wouldn't want to bag up a sweaty helmet, jacket or pants in the dark. maybe just leave your bike there and bring your gear home to air out.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:19 PM   #9
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yeah, maybe at the least keep my helmet with me . . . I play semi-pro football and I remember getting this "ring-worm" looking rash on my head from my helmet. Gross.


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