I guess things are winding down here, too. We've been sad and lonely ever since that rainy week in October and there's no end in sight. Usually snow stays around until the end of term and people are too much in the habit of driving or bussing (or whatever they do instead of cycling) to change modes.
But that's okay! As is the rule of nature, there's always something to fill a niche. December will be planning time for next term, where we will unveil the calendar of events and fundraisers, a workshop series, and hopefully some new volunteer positions that people will be interested in. We'll also make some headway in changing the shop around and adding a workbench.
Firstly, one of the worst things you can do is decide to take your bike out of storage once or twice during the winter. Why? Because you'll get all kinds of salt and water on it... and then you'll put it back in storage. And there it will rust out. At least if you bike on a regular basis, you have a mind to properly maintenance and clean the bike. But if you just put it back in storage then it gets neglected. So, you should make sure your bike is clean and dry before putting it away. Somewhere inside would be best. You can always store it in the Bike Shelter over the winter, if you have no where else. There's nothing wrong with that! Storing your bike outside means your bike will experience some kind of freeze/thaw cycle, either at the beginning of winter, or the end, which means water, which means rust.
Secondly, you should take this as an opportunity to oil and grease everything. It's the many months of this season that provide ample time for corrosion. If you haven't done this ever... what better time than now? What better place than here! Community Spokes!
bbbye hugs and kisses.