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If you’ve been storing your bike at your trusted Lafayette storage location, chances are it’s going to need a little love when you finally decide to take it out of storage. If you have an itch to pull your bike out of storage and hit the open road, we highly suggest reading our tips first so that you can make sure your bike is ready to go.

Make Sure It’s Clean

If you’re bike has been sitting in your Lafayette storage location, it may be just a little dusty. Now is the perfect time to give it a thorough cleaning. Lightly rinse from top to bottom before scrubbing down with a soft bristled brush and warm, soapy water. Relube the chain if needed and gently dry your bike with a soft towel.

Inspect the Wheels

You won’t be able to enjoy your bike ride if the wheels aren’t working properly so this should be one of the first things you look at. Look for dents and damage and spin each wheel individually to ensure that things are working smoothly. If your wheels don’t easily spin, take your bike into your local bike shop for repairs.

Test the Brakes

It’s also extremely important to make sure you brakes are working because faulty brakes are a safety hazard to you and others around you. Check out the brake pads to make sure they aren’t too worn down and check both the front and back brakes to make sure they are working. If you notice an issue, have a professional take a look at them right away.

Fill Your Tires

Now is a good time to fill your tires with air even if you’re pretty sure they don’t need it. Pumping air into your tires should be done with every bike inspection so that you have peace of mind in knowing that they are as full as can be. This will also help you locate any holes or tears that may need to be replaced.

Your Lafayette storage solution hopes these tips help you take the best possible care of your bike. Have fun riding and as always, stay safe!

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Monday, 27 July 2015 11:02

Tips on Becoming a Minimalist

 

 

Accumulating clutter and stuff we simply don’t need is far too easy and if you’ve reached the point where the minimalist lifestyle seems appealing then you’ve come to the right spot. Elite Storage in Lafayette will help you get rid of some of those possessions you don’t need and also provide you with a safe place to store them at our Lafayette storage location. Here is what you can do to start minimizing today.

 

Get Rid of Unwanted Belongings

The very first thing you should do on your journey towards minimalism is get rid of anything that you simply don’t want. This part is easy because you should be able to quickly identify the things that you don’t care about. Just grab a box and go through every room in your home collecting these unwanted items. We recommend donating the items if you can but trashing them if also an option.

 

Go Through the Rest

The next step is to look at the rest of your possessions and really evaluate if they are worth keeping or not. If they aren’t adding any value to your life, it may be time to let them go. If you have items that have sentiment behind them, you can always store them at your Lafayette storage unit for safekeeping. They’ll be there for you when you want to go through them and your home will feel less cluttered.

 

Ditch the Consumerism

Sure, you’re going to need to buy stuff once in awhile whether it’s a new t.v. or a new pair of shoes but not going overboard on the shopping is key to living minimally. Companies are smart and know how to market their product to you and convince you that you need it even if you don’t. Learn to be content with what you have but if you must buy that new item you’ve had your eye on, try to ditch something you already own to avoid belongings from piling up.

 

Travel Lightly

Traveling provides you with a great opportunity to practice the minimalist lifestyle. Having less to carry around the airport is just icing on the cake. People tend to over pack when traveling even though packing light is the better alternative. Most hotels will have a washer and dryer available if you do need to wash clothes while away. Try packing clothes for half the days you’ll be gone and you may find that it’s not as hard as you thought.

 

Use Social Media Less

When thinking about minimalism, our minds tend to navigate towards material possessions but you could be filling your mind with clutter if you’re on social media day in and day out. Try checking your social sites less frequently and it will do wonders for your well-being. You may find that you’re even happier by logging in less.

 

 

We hopes these tips help you in your quest towards the minimalist lifestyle. If you ever do need help or suggestions on how to go about storing your belongings, Elite Storage in Lafayette is here to help you.

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