Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I don't think there is anything holding the bottom part, but you won't ruin wheels by hanging a bike by the wheel. Actually, there is less stress on the wheels than what you do when you ride, even if you weigh only 90 lb.
The only problems I see with that kind of rack are:
– In the long run, you could scratch some paint off the rims. Not an issue, unless it's a show bike.
– If you don't have strong arms, you may find hard to lift the bike up to the hook.
– Likewise, it's harder to lift a bike with a rear fender because you will need to lift it off the ground and keep the front wheel on axis at the same time. Some people cut their rear fender just enough to allow one to wheel the bike on its rear wheel. Good trick as long as you don't ride in pacelines.
– How well balanced is it with only one bike on it?