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    Hanging a Bike With External Cables

    I have a mountain bike whose cables run externally underneath the top tube. Is there any way I can hang that bike horizontally for storage, without having to hook it up by the wheels?

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    In other words, you don't want the bottom of the top tube scratched by cables? You can always hang your bike upright by the nose of the saddle. Are you using large hooks?
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    Yes. I have two large hooks. But even if I hang the bike from the saddle (which I probably would not prefer to do) that would just account for one hook. I sort of want to hang the bike horizontally.

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    But a thin piece of pipe insulation between the cables and the frame and just hang it as if the cables were not there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    But a thin piece of pipe insulation between the cables and the frame and just hang it as if the cables were not there.
    Terribly sorry, but I'm a dunce regarding this type of hardware. But what is pipe insulation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foolish heart
    Terribly sorry, but I'm a dunce regarding this type of hardware. But what is pipe insulation?
    Self explanatory really. In its most common form: one inch thick tubes of foam-rubber, about 4 feet long, and sold in hardware stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foolish heart
    Terribly sorry, but I'm a dunce regarding this type of hardware. But what is pipe insulation?
    It is foam that is put around water pipes, to keep them from freezing or to save heat. They look like big grey tubes. Most hardware or builiding supply places will have it. You don't have to use that, but it's an easy way to do it. A piece carefully cut from a styrofoam coffee cup, or anything to just get padding between the cables and the top tube will do the job. A heavy blanket will work if you are carefull.
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    Slit an old inner tube and slid it between cable and frame.
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    I've got to ask; why don't you want to hang it by the wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Fart
    I've got to ask; why don't you want to hang it by the wheels?
    Why don't I like to hang it by the wheels? It's a personal (pardon the pun) hang-up I have.

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    hanging a bike by the wheels will not cause flat spots or make the wheels go out of true.

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    I went in the storage area of a LBS yesterday, and there were fifty+ bikes, all hanging by one wheel or the other. That includes the employees' bikes. The chief wrench took me back there to show me a few of his bikes and he said the only bikes they don't hang are those with hydraulic cables.

    To more directly answer the OP's question. I don't know what type of bike you are talking about, but why not put one hook where the angle of the fork and down tube meet, and the other at the seat tube-seat stay juncture?

    When I put our bikes on the hitch rack, I put a piece of innertube between the cables and frame where the bike rests on the rack.

    I can't say I understand the reasoning behind running all of the cables under the top tube. Running them all on top of the top tube makes sense to me, as it keeps them out of the mud and lets the rider shoulder the bike. I'm actually in favor of running as much cable housing (compared to bare cable) as possible on mountain bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber
    Slit an old inner tube and slid it between cable and frame.

    Even better.
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    if the ceiling is tall enough, get a bike hoist. Loews now carries them.....about 20 bucks. 1 "hook" goes to the back of the saddle, the other to the handlebar stem.....pull on the rope and the magic of pulleys lifts the bike to the ceiling......

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    What's the deal with this thread? Several posts have disappeared. Is this moderator action or software problems?
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    Encase the bare wire between the cable stops with plastic tubing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alloy Addict
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    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber
    Cranky server
    After I posted that I ran into a couple of other threads with problems, so that makes sense. Thanks.
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