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    Storing Wheel Sets ?

    Does it matter if you hang them up, put them in a box, leave the tires or cassettes on them, stand them up, lay them down?

    Any thoughts or suggestions ?

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    Good question as I now have an actual extra set myself.

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    I hang mine; no cassette/freewheel/tires installed because I don't know what I'll put on them when I use them
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    I have one pair stuffed next to my washing machine, and two others in a utility closet hanging on hooks. A couple spare pairs of rims hang in a hallway closet on coathooks.

    One pair of wheels has a cassette on it (I'm in process of cutting it apart to build a singlespeed wheel) and the other two are freewheel-free because they're spares for my singlespeed bikes.
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    It doesn't matter what position their stored in or whether you leave the tires on or not, tires will rot eventually regardless if on or off the rim. I have set of tubular rims that went from leaning against a wall for about 15 years to hanging for another 14 or so years, so their 30 years old about and the hubs are fine and the wheel is still true., there is some minor oxidation around the spoke holes, maybe if I had stored them in thick plastic bags the oxidation may not have occurred?

    Tires? Well I bought 2 bikes that were over 20 years old and both had their original tires, one set sidewalls had completely cracked and was unsafe to ride but like an idiot I did anyway and one blew right out; the other bike tires sidewalls were fine, like new! I heard if storing tires to keep them away from electric motors.

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    I have mine (about 8 rims) hanging on a bungee cord through them . The cord is hooked up to eye hooks in the rafters of my basement. I do take the tires off while they hang but just so they are interchangeable.

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    I hang mine (with cassettes and tires mounted) from hooks screwed into the joists. Never had a problem.
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    I store some rims and tires hung in a dark garage. I think the dark probably helps the rubber from rotting.. but I dont have any hard science to back that up. I also clean them and pack them in new grease before storage.
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    Thank you all for the responses.

    I think I'll leave the rubber on them and end up hanging from some sort of hook.

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    I have two bike hooks set apart for a broom handle to hang on them horizontally. Slide the wheels over the broom handle and hang the handle from the hooks.

    Some have tires, some have cassettes, some don't.

    My wife's favorite wheels are the ones leaning against the wall in the game room.

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