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    Storing bikes

    Hello all, just wondering how people store their bikes on a daily basis? And also for winter storage?
    I was thinking of screwing some j hooks in my ceiling of garage. Is hanging bikes from tire rims safe? Could it damage the rim at all during long winter storage?
    Any tips or devices for storing daily and for winter storage would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beep119 View Post
    Hello all, just wondering how people store their bikes on a daily basis? And also for winter storage?
    I was thinking of screwing some j hooks in my ceiling of garage. Is hanging bikes from tire rims safe? Could it damage the rim at all during long winter storage?
    Any tips or devices for storing daily and for winter storage would be greatly appreciated.
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    Mine are on j hooks on the wall (sorry no pics). If you walk into a bike shop you'll sometimes notice them hanging down from the ceiling. If rims couldn't take the bike weight handing down from a ceiling then I wouldn't trust that bike out on a trail...


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    I've got bikes hanging by their wheels no problem. I suggest locking your bikes up in some way, even if they're in your garage. The most common place to have nice bikes stolen is from your house.

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    I store my bikes with hooks from the ceiling and its never been a problem.

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    Storing bikes

    Since this thread exists...

    Any concerns about storing the bikes upside down from hooks in the garage, in terms of the brakes or suspension? Iím not concerned about the rims one bit, but worry about effing up the hydraulics of the brakes or seals on the forks, etc. Not sure if this is an urban legend, or if thereís any truth to it...

    Iím in AZ, and the garage gets >120 degrees in the summer, so thereís that, also...


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    I use floor stands. The Willworx Superstand is my favorite so far.

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    I think it is better if you can hang them right side up, from the handlebars and seat (unless you have a dropper post).

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Since this thread exists...

    Any concerns about storing the bikes upside down from hooks in the garage, in terms of the brakes or suspension? Iím not concerned about the rims one bit, but worry about effing up the hydraulics of the brakes or seals on the forks, etc. Not sure if this is an urban legend, or if thereís any truth to it...

    Iím in AZ, and the garage gets >120 degrees in the summer, so thereís that, also...


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    For suspension, it's actually good (at least forks....rear shocks is likely indifferent) because it allows the lube to get to the upper bushings and also wet the foam rings under the wipers.

    I've never had a problem with brakes either...although I've heard it can be an issue with some, not sure which ones however, perhaps it was just older brakes? I am just always careful not squeeze the levers when it is inverted. Whether this is a legitimate concern or not, I do not know.

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    I have 3 different FS bikes...always stored them on the wheels in unheated garage (New England...CT) with no issues. I ride year round but the older bikes I only use as backup so they don't get much use.

    About a year ago I put large 'J' Hooks on wall and mount bike vertical with front wheel in the hook which leaves wheels against the wall to save garage space. I chose large sturdy hooks (Lowe's for $3.50/each) that can hold my big-assed XL framed FS bikes. It's easy to stand bike on back wheel and hook the front wheel on the wall with this setup. The hooks also have a tough rubber coating to prevent scratching rim when mounting bike to wall. No issues so far. Fork seals should benefit from this storage position long term because lube is in contact with seals to prevent them from drying out. I don't think hydraulic brakes are a concern in any storage position assuming your system is tight.
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    I'm all high Tech,,,i lean mine against the wall

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    If your brakes behave weirdly after being stored vertically it's because there isn't enough fluid in the MC. I think it's every half-serious mtb'ers responsibility to own a bleed kit, so bleeding the lever is a 2 minute fix and a total non-issue (you're a half-serious rider; you're already using shimano brakes), but a spongy lever can also be an indicator your pads are worn out.

    If being stored vertically is causing problems for your fork/shock... they need servicing. How nice to discover that before you go for a ride.


    I have a stand made out of 2x4s and j-hooks. 72" wide, holds 5 bikes, cost ~100$.
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    Mine is off to the side of the 'great room'. Which is now an open concept space.

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    As I don't have garage, I store my bike on my balcony, inside a "growing tent", hanged vertically by the front wheel.

    Cost me 70Ä and it protects the bike from dirt and moisture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by White7 View Post
    I'm all high Tech,,,i lean mine against the wall
    Yes and my other two bikes lean against the first one. In my bedroom.
    Only my trekking bike is stored in the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    If your brakes behave weirdly after being stored vertically it's because there isn't enough fluid in the MC.
    This.

    So theoretically if there is any air in the brakes it can migrate to the caliper if you store the bike upside down or in any way with the brake levers below the calipers. If you have a good bleed, there is probably little to no air in the brakes and therefore no problem. However, sometimes things aren't perfect... so if you're not mechanically inclined and don't feel like futzing with brakes, keep your bike right side up, and especially don't squeeze the brake lever unless the bike is right side up.

    That said, I've stored bikes vertically with the brake handles facing down for months at a time without any issues.

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    I built a PVC rack for our garage -- the big disadvantage to hanging bikes that I don't hear talked about often enough is that is adds more resistance to pulling out a bike for a quick ride.

    With a floor-based stand, I can just roll a bike out and go for a quick ride around the block without much thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White7 View Post
    I'm all high Tech,,,i lean mine against the wall
    Luxury. I have to keep mine in a cardboard box in the middle of the road.
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    Easy indoor storage, and use it for basic cleaning maintenance.

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    This is an interesting solution

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    Hooks from ceiling, up, down, up, down.

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