With the cold winter months upon us, many of us prepare by packing up our bicycles until it's warm enough to use them again. One misconception about winter bike storage is that you should deflate the tires before putting your bike away. This is damaging to the bike since the weight adds pressure to one spot on the rubber and rims all winter long. Over time, this deteriorates and distorts the bicycle. Come spring, when you reinflate the tires, the whole bike can be totally off. Instead, before storing your bicycle, fully inflate the tires so it rests on air, not the rubber and metal.