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    How to store my bike...

    Hi all,

    I'm new to the cycling world and I have a quick question:

    How should I store my bike? Is it ok to hang it upside down on hooks or should I not take that route? I've read that some bikes shouldn't be stored like this because of various parts, and that it's ok for other bikes. It's a Trek Police Bike (found here if you want some specs).

    Thanks for any help.

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    I'm pretty sure that you can hang just about any bike upside down by hooks without problems. The wheels undergo much more stress holding up a rider's weight than hanging by a hook. As for other components, I can't think of any component that would be hurt by hanging upside down. As for the bike in your link, I'd say it's safe to hang from hooks. (as long as the hooks aren't bare metal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
    I'm pretty sure that you can hang just about any bike upside down by hooks without problems. The wheels undergo much more stress holding up a rider's weight than hanging by a hook. As for other components, I can't think of any component that would be hurt by hanging upside down. As for the bike in your link, I'd say it's safe to hang from hooks. (as long as the hooks aren't bare metal)
    Thank you for your help. I planned to get plastic coated hooks and then probably add a little more to them for extra padding.

    The one thing that I saw people mention was disc brakes and other parts with fluids that could leak if stored upside down.

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    Please DO NOT store a bike with a suspension fork upside down!! The oil WILL leak and you will ruin your fork. I know of a member here who flipped the bike upside down to work on it, left it like that for an hour while he ate and the fluid leaked out. Not good.
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    Hang it by anything you want. I've stored all my bikes (more than two dozen, though I only have six now) hanging by the front wheel for more than 30 years with no problems. The wheels are designed to support the weight of a bike and rider on rough roads or over bad terrain; the paltry weight of the bike alone is insignificant.
    Re suspension forks--it's possible some may be damaged by hanging upside down, but I've hung all three of my FS bikes that way without any problems. If you're in doubt, ask at the shop or email the manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Please DO NOT store a bike with a suspension fork upside down!! The oil WILL leak and you will ruin your fork. I know of a member here who flipped the bike upside down to work on it, left it like that for an hour while he ate and the fluid leaked out. Not good.
    Does the bike in question (see first post) have a suspension fork? I'm sure that's an obvious question, but I don't know the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoeSh1ne View Post
    Does the bike in question (see first post) have a suspension fork? I'm sure that's an obvious question, but I don't know the answer.
    I find it odd that u don't know whether your own bike has suspension, so I clicked the link, and it, surprised(?) spelled out suspension in English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmithepa View Post
    I find it odd that u don't know whether your own bike has suspension, so I clicked the link, and it, surprised(?) spelled out suspension in English.
    All bikes have suspensions, heck, all vehicles of any kind have suspensions, but I'm not sure if suspension = suspension fork, or if that is a whole separate component. I don't see suspension fork on that web page.

    I guess we've come to does this bike have a suspension fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoeSh1ne View Post
    I guess we've come to does this bike have a suspension fork?
    Yes, it has a RockShox Tora according to the link you gave...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fedaykin View Post
    Yes, it has a RockShox Tora according to the link you gave...
    OK thanks, off to find another method of storage.

    Things just got interesting, I found this:

    Tech tip: To keep suspension fork seals lubed and supple, store your mountain bike upside down during extended periods of non-use.
    The reason for this is that the internal components of your suspension fork include critical rubber seals, called main seals, and foam rings. Main seals retain internal fork oil and must remain lubricated for optimum performance. The foam rings are saturated with oil, which is applied to the upper tube of the fork arm as it passes through them. Without constant lubrication, the seals and rings become dry and cracked and eventually start leaking messy fork oil all over your fork stanchions and fork arms.


    Found that here - http://www.liquidtongue.com/sweep/bl...r07/mar02.html

    And another:

    Storing the bicycle upside down and inverting the fork allows oil to run down to the foam rings and keeps them lubricated and ready for your next ride.
    Found here - http://www.mojo.co.uk/html(mojo)/dryvswet.htm
    Last edited by ShoeSh1ne; 08-19-08 at 11:56 PM.

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    If the fork leaks when it's upside down then there's probably something wrong with it. I've left my bike upside down for a few days at a time and nothing leaks, and clearly a lot of people store their bikes upside down with no problems. If you're worried about it I'd take Velo Dog's advice and ask your LBS or e-mail Trek.

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    It appears that I gave you misinformation. I only spoke out of witnessing my friend's new fork leak when he turned the bike upside down for an hour. I asked one of the mechanics here about it and he said leaving it on it's side is okay for the reasons of lubrication but leaving it upside down was not good.


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    Not all bikes use oil in the suspension forks, so I wouldn't be overly concerned about it.

    Hang it upside down, and if ir leaks, then stop.

    Hang it by the front or rear wheel only if you don't want to hang it upside down, a bike can hang just fine by one wheel.

    Also, you don't need any more padding than the little bit of plastic on the hook. Just something to keep metal from metal to stop scraping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoeSh1ne View Post
    All bikes have suspensions, heck, all vehicles of any kind have suspensions, but I'm not sure if suspension = suspension fork, or if that is a whole separate component. [/B]?
    Not all bikes have suspensions. No spring, shock, elastomer,etc. = no suspension. The air in the tires kinda/sorta acts as a suspension, but it's not. The looooong, thin main tube of my recembent kinda/sorta acts as a suspension, but it's not.

    Warning: If you hang a bike by it's rear wheel, the blood will all rush to the headtube, and the bike can suffer a headtube-ache.

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