Storing my bike: Hang upside down by the wheels - good or bad?

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  1. aic

    aic Golden Member

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    I would get some hangers and hang the bike on the garage beams. The hook would hook the wheels. Is this a bad idea?
     
  2. Fausto

    Fausto Elite Member

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    It's perfectly safe....won't warp wheels or anything.

    If you think about it, you're putting your full body weight on the wheels when riding the bike, so subjecting the same wheels to only the weight of the bike itself isn't going to do a thing to them.
     
  3. BillGates

    BillGates Diamond Member

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    I think that's the best way to store them - plus the bike is out of the way like that.
     
  4. Fausto

    Fausto Elite Member

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    FWIW- my road bike was something like $2500 new and that's how I've always stored it. No problems with the wheels whatsoever (and these are very lightweight rims to boot).
     
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    mithrandir2001 Diamond Member

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    Might not be good if you have a front suspension fork...the oil will run down to the top of the fork, leaving the components at the bottom dry.
     
  6. Fausto

    Fausto Elite Member

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    Still shouldn't hurt anything unless the fork seals have crapped out. Very few forks have that kind of design these days anyway....pretty much went out with the old Mag 21's.

     
  7. yakko

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    That is how I store mine whenever I live in a place that I can do it in.
     
  8. Don Vito Corleone

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    If anything I think it might be good for a newer, open-bath design like my Marzocchi Bomber, in that it would keep the seals wet. If they were already compromised, though, it would probably lead to leakage.
     
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    0roo0roo No Lifer

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    oval wheels are known to have some benificial aerodynamc properties, so don't dispair.
     
  10. kherman

    kherman Golden Member

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    if it's a mountain bike, this will also aid in jumping over downed trees.