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Bicycle StorageBicycle Storage - What can you do to safe guard your bike when it is left on its own some. Did you know it can take less than 10 seconds to steal a locked bicycle? The fact is that what a thief wants, they can usually find a way of getting. Bicycle Storage.


Kayak Storage. Ultraviolet light is a killer (aluminum canoes are the exception), so store your canoes and kayaks in a weather-protected area out of the sun. An open shed or canvas awning provides enough cover. If you use a garage, be wary of windows that project a focused beam of light onto the hull. Kayak Storage.

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Canoes should be stored upside down on sawhorses, wood two-by-fours, metal bars, or nylon slings. Bars should be carpeted, especially if the canoe has wood rails. Some paddlers suspend their canoes from thick dowels that are tethered to the ceiling joists of their garages when considering kayak storage. These "trapezes" loft the canoes above vehicles and save space.

If you must store your canoe outside, (not recomended for Kayak Storage) try to find a shady place that's not in the path of high winds. Fiberglass/Kevlar, Royalex, and polyethylene canoes can be safely stored outside if you've applied an ultraviolet protectant. Wood-canvas canoes and all other canoes that have wood trim should be protected from the weather. Some paddlers use car covers made from Dupont Tyvek(r) material.

A 50-mile-per-hour wind will turn an unsecured canoe into a kite, so tie down any canoe that's stored outside. If you keep your canoe on sawhorses in your backyard, stake both the horses and the canoe to the ground.

Do brush off snow as it accumulates before thinking about kayak storage. A heavy snow load can bend or break the back of most any canoe so before considering kayak storage beware.

What's been said about canoes applies equally to kayaks, with these exceptions:

  • Small critters like to make nests in kayaks, so be sure you clean all the debris out of the ends before storage. And don't keep birdseed or dog food in your garage: mice may gather it and overwinter in your kayak!

  • Storage hatches should be left open to let air circulate. Treat rubber seals with 303 Protectant(r) or a rubber-care product. Tighten, but don't overtighten, cleats and hardware.

  • Because of their integral decks, kayaks are much more rigid than canoes. The extra rigidity allows you to safely store fiberglass/Kevlar kayaks in a number of ways.

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Welcome to L.L.Bean - Over the years, we've been pleased to note the great number of L.L.Bean customers who share our love of the outdoors and take action to protect it. L.L.Bean's commitment to safeguarding the outdoor experience and protecting the environment is stronger today than ever before. We actively support nonprofit organizations that strive to preserve wilderness recreation areas, foster outdoor recreation, protect wildlife habitats and further conservation education. Kayak Storage. www.llbean.com

NRS - Along with our selection of boating gear, we also offer services to keep you thinking about boating during your time off the water. We have a bi-monthly e-mail newsletter with special discounts, seasonal advise, and expert tips. We also host a gear swap section for selling used gear. Our river links will get you in touch with boating publications and organizations, and our dealer locater can help you find your nearest local source of NRS gear. Kayak Storage. www.nrsweb.com

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1. Make slings from nylon webbing and suspend the slings from the ceiling of your garage. Store your kayak upside down (hatch open) on the slings.

2. Fiberglass/Kevlar kayaks can be stored right side up (hatches open) on the floor of your garage. Place carpeting under the hull to prevent scratching. There is no need to prop the ends.

3. If your cartop carrier has curved kayak cradles (it should), set the cradles on the floor of your garage and store your kayak in them.

4. Hang your fiberglass/Kevlar kayak from its grab loops (be sure they're solid before you do!).

Don't hang polyethylene kayaks from grab loops or store them on the floor of your garage. The following section tells why.