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    huh? stony's Avatar
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    Laying bike flat

    Sorry, I did a search on this and didn't find the answer. I just purchased a new 2004 GF Tassajara on clear out (poor thing was the only new Tass in town . . . even the 2005's had been sold out). Anyway, I always stored my old Trek 850 in the back of my pathfinder for around town commuting and for lunchtime trailriding. I read in one thread on here, however, that you shouldn't store bikes with shocks upside down because it can cause oil to leak or something. (Yeah, yeah, I'm a noob, but at least I'm trying to learn ) Anyway, is it safe to store bikes on their side? It is resting on its pedal and handlebar in the back of my SUV so it isn't threatening the drive train, I'm more wondering about the Rock Shox Pilots that came stock with the bike. I can take it out of the back of the truck each night (which I didn't do with my old Trek 850), but while I'm at work I had intended leave it in the back of my vehicle and on its side for 8 hours a day (with a 20 minute ride mid-day). Should that be ok? Thanks in advance.

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    Shouldn't be a problem.

    Sounds like you know to keep the drive side up.

    Shocks leaking oil is more of a problem when kept in a garage for long periods of time.

    If kept in a garage during a change of seasons, the seals will shrink due to the colder weather and then leak.

    If you are using your bike often, then the seals will be kept in good shape.
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    Most forks now a days have good sealing systems and that issue is now a non-issue.

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    Cool, thanks for the fast replies a2psyklnut and Maelstrom.

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    THIS BIKE'S 4 U !!!! Killer B's Avatar
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    I wouldn't think think that even hanging that thang upside-down would pose a prob....

    If the stuff is sealed, then it's sealed, right?

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