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    Would you hang your bike using a hook bar attached to your roof?

    It will not damage your wheel?

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    It won't damage your wheel.

    Hanging from the roof, the wheel is only supporting the weight of the bike. When you ride it, it's supporting a lot more than just the bike weight (e.g. you!), not to mention the force transmitted from any bumps etc in the road.

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    not unless you have a several hundred pound bike.
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    All of them, but only for temporary storage. And sometimes, my bike is kept in the house.

    However, the carport is enclosed, so usually, they are parked there quick access. The carport door goes down at night.

    So the truck stays outside -- and the bicycles stay inside.

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    Umm... never from the roof, but sometimes from the ceiling!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

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    Do you guys lock up your bikes inside the garages/carports?

    My carport door doesn't lock, so I don't really have a choice!

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    If my carport was not enclosed, I would lock the bikes. We don't have much of a theft problem, but there is nothing quite like a lock to keep an opportunistic sight-seerer honest.

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    A lock keeps an honest man honest, and delays the thief

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    We hang ours by hooks. At first it was 2 hooks per bike. Then we aquired more project bikes, so it was 1 hook per bike. Brought the mtn bikes home from storage (thought some trails might be fun again). Now it's bikes hanging from the rafters, bikes parked on the floor, and as we speak my road bike is leaning against my dining room table. More parts in the backyard...it's like a sickness or something!

    What little floor space is left in the garage is filled up with our son's volkswagen parts.

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    I hang my bikes by the front tires from hooks in my basement shop. I doubt that the wheels will be damaged in any way. The stress put on a rim hung upside down doesn't come close to the stress placed on it during an average ride. IMHO storing bikes either upside down, or with one wheel hanging from the ceiling is the best method of storage. This position inhibits corrosion inside the tubes because any moisture that may settle in the tubes during a ride has a chance to drain during storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossi
    It will not damage your wheel?
    Well, this is what happened to my wheel after hanging my bicycle from the "roof" by its wheels.



    I wouldn't recommend it! It made for a REAL bumpy ride!
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    I put 2x4s into the garage ceiling. From those, I put plastic coated hooks from Home Depot. Three bikes (all mtn) are suspended by their wheels. The kids' bikes are too small to hook like that. The road bike ... well, technically, when not being ridden, she falls under the category of "furniture" ... so she goes in the house. Just be careful not to hook the wheel near the valve stem. Best.

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    All of my bikes, except my road bike, are hung from hooks from the rafters in my "shop". The road bike is hung by it's saddle on one of the rafters.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    No problem, but probably better to screw the hook into a 2x4 mounted to the rafter rather than into the rafter itself.

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    I was a little worried about hanging my mtb from the front wheel, thinking the stress on the shock might be less than desirable (I dunno, just didn't seem right). So I screwed in two home depot hooks(tm) horizontally for each bike and hung them from the top tubes. --Of course this requires room above the rafter to do this, but it's nice to have the bikes high enough that I can actually park in the garage too

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    Scroll down to the 4th post in this thread for a picture. I use these brackets to hang most of my bikes.

    Hanging bikes on walls?

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    I hang mine as well. Plus it is better for the tire not to be on the ground in one spot for an extended period of time. (Seen garage sale bikes with tire rot). What's a bike weigh 20lbs? If your front rim can't handle that, you need new wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Well, this is what happened to my wheel after hanging my bicycle from the "roof" by its wheels.
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    I wouldn't recommend it! It made for a REAL bumpy ride!
    Yeah those carbon Zips might be one exception to the rule. really defy physics in how they're built....

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    Don't do it! It'll ovalize your wheel as illustrated in post #11.
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    I hang mine using 2 hooks witht his storage thing i built. THey hook onto the actual tubes of the frame. I always lock my bike even in my own basement or garage for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-o
    Do you guys lock up your bikes inside the garages/carports?
    Yup. It's not hard for a thief to enter a garage... I'd rather not make it easy for that thief to take something so portable. At least one one my bikes is kept in the house... that one gets locked too. Is someone wants to steal from me they can try hauling the big TV out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1_Fan
    Yup. It's not hard for a thief to enter a garage... I'd rather not make it easy for that thief to take something so portable. At least one one my bikes is kept in the house... that one gets locked too. Is someone wants to steal from me they can try hauling the big TV out the door.
    Yea that is true. I used to keep my bike in the garage but now its the basement. I feel like its more secure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serotta
    Scroll down to the 4th post in this thread for a picture. I use these brackets to hang most of my bikes.

    Hanging bikes on walls?
    I just bought something like these today at Home Depot for $11 CDN. They're a little different though, mine took a bit beefier and have a built-in 15mm cable. So, once it's screwed into the wall, there's a cable ready to loop around the top tube, just lock and forget about it! These brackets also fold up against the wall when they're not needed.

    Unfortunately the locks aren't included, so you have to shell out another ten bucks (or more) for some decent padlocks. Though now that I think about it, the U-lock that's already attached to the bike would work just as well as the padlock.. D'oh!

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