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Old 03-30-14, 08:42 AM   #1
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Problem with bike always in the trunk?

Last year since starting in August, my 8 year old Walmart mountain bike lived on the trunk mount bike rack on my car. It sat there in the sun or rain as I get up early for work (4:50 am) and don't have the time to mess wuth mounting the bike up and I stop on the way home to ride.

It was a Walmart bike so I didn't expect anyone to steal it nor did I careabout rain. Rain wouldn't make it any worse after all, it was an 8 year old bike with even still the original chain. Very worn out.

Now with my new bike that to me, $600 is a LOT of cash, I don't want it sitting unsecured on the back of my car. I also definitely don't want it sitting out in the rain overnight or at work until it dries up and I ride after work. Now with the quick disconnect front wheel, it is super easy to just slip it in the trunk with the back seat folded down, obviously not on the derailleur side.

I am wondering if this would be ok over the long run for it to live on its side in the car. My car is just a work runner as I typically take my wife's vehicle any time i go anywhere other than work.

For the record, just commuting to work I put about 15-18,000 miles on the car a year. Our roads here in north western PA also aren't the greatest so the car and thus the bike willbe bouncing quite a bit. In the trunk, the bike is layed on the back tire and right hand pedal touching the floor of the trunk. I want to be assured that this would be ok i the long run.
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Old 03-30-14, 08:47 AM   #2
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Your bike might get sleepy lying down so much, but they wake up quickly once you spin the pedals.

If it's visible, you might want to cover it with a sheet to deter thieves.
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Old 03-30-14, 09:02 AM   #3
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I keep my bike in the back of a station wagon where it gets sunlight and heat. I do keep most of it covered with old towels. I'm sure that it's not ideal for the tires but I usually wear them out way before any cracking could occur. I've never noticed anything like grease melting and dripping out.

I do have a small problem with one bike. The handlebars hit the downtube right on the shifter cable. It's only an issue because I remove the front tire and the handlebars can swing all the way around. I put a small rag over the cable and it's not an issue. It isn't an issue with my other bikes.
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Old 03-30-14, 09:13 AM   #4
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Keeping it in the trunk is good as it will keep it out of the elements and block UV which will degrade plastic and rubber, I would also cover it lest thieves decide that you car is worth breaking into because of the bike.

I kept a folder in the trunk of my car for a good stretch of time, it allowed me some multi-modal capacity and always meant I had a bike with me when I was travelling.
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& A Folding Bike would fit better, in there.
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Fear not,,, I keep my bike standing up in back of my Honda Odyssy,,,, I always have a bike with me and yes I've had one stolen from my pickup truck, but that was partly my fault I was in a city park and did'nt lock it while I walked around and drank beer at a gathering,,,,,,,,,,
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Your bike might get sleepy lying down so much, but they wake up quickly once you spin the pedals.

If it's visible, you might want to cover it with a sheet to deter thieves.
Well, it will get ridden daily (as soon as the weather breaks, yet more snow and ice when I woke up this morning). I figure instead of being sleepy, it will be well rested

I'm not worried about theft. I'm not in the city where I would almost need the bike to travel from the car to the front door. It will just be a few feet outside of the door and less than 100 feet from where I am at work. There is constant people in and out of the front of the building including me and friend coworkers who are constantly pulling trailers in and out of the building. Covering the back tire because of UV makes sense though. The back tire would be on top of the folded down rear seat getting sun through the side windows.

I manufacture plastic foam blocks so I guess I could lay one under the bike to support the frame rather than having it supportrd by just the pedal and crank.
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The inside of the car is far better than being exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. Take along an old towel or two and use them to separate the wheel(s) from the frame or you will end up with scratched paint. Resting the bike on the cranks has no effect. Think of how much pressure you apply to the cranks as you pedal the bike and it doesn't damage them.
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Should not be a problem.
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No problem. If you take a wheel off, put a blanket over the bike before putting the wheel(s) on top of the bike. Then cover everything with something to keep the direct sunlight off it. If you take the back wheel off you may fit it in the trunk with the back seats still upright. it works in my Corolla.
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Ok, thanks for the reassurance folks. A couple of points you guys made...

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Take along an old towel or two and use them to separate the wheel(s) from the frame or you will end up with scratched paint. Resting the bike on the cranks has no effect. Think of how much pressure you apply to the cranks as you pedal the bike and it doesn't damage them.
I have the bike pushed back wheel first into the trunk and the back wheel laying on the back of the folded down seat on the driver's side. Front wheel is set on the seat on the passenger side. There's plenty of room that the front is not touching the bike aside from some contact between the tires. But a comment about covering with a towel to block any direct sun coming through the rear door windows to the tires is something I didn't think of. I'll have to do that.

As for it laying on the cranks, the force on the pedal/crank is in opposite direction than when you are pedaling. That was a concern of mine. The force we put on the pedal when riding doesn't have much bearing to the way it will be laying on the crank.

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No problem. If you take a wheel off, put a blanket over the bike before putting the wheel(s) on top of the bike. Then cover everything with something to keep the direct sunlight off it. If you take the back wheel off you may fit it in the trunk with the back seats still upright. it works in my Corolla.
Thought about that, but the opening to the trunk isn't all that big. It's not terribly difficult to do, far less difficult to put this much lighter bike in the trunk than it was to lift and wiggle the heavy full suspension bike onto the bike rack (read as, had to wiggle and hang it on the down tube as there is no space between the top tube and down tube on that old bike with the center shock.) I do though have to wiggle it a bit to clear the pedals and seat to get it through the trunk opening. I'd have to lower the seat down as well if I wanted it to go in without lowering the rear seatbacks.
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Been there. Done that. No problem!
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