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    propper bike storage

    I already know this sounds like a ridiculously stupid question but since I just spent the better part of my last paycheck on a new ride, can anybody give me some info on the best way to store my mtb? Normally, I'd just be inclined to keep it in the garage like I did when I was a kid. But, does the extreme high and low temperatures in there have any structural/strength effects on the aluminum frame or other componets. (expansion, contraction, etc.) Just looking for honest observations from more experienced riders. Thanks.

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    if you got room in your room keep it in there, thats what i do anyway...

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    We have an enclosed front porch that is also the main entrance to the house (thus deadbolted). I installed a floor->ceiling rack to keep them off the floor and both bikes live comfortably and securely on the porch.

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    Your saddle, grips, tires and the battery in your cc are the only things (possibly seals in shocks) that will be affected by extreme climate conditions over time. How extreme are we talking?

    I just hang my bikes by the rear wheel in the garage. For bikes I donít ride I take both wheels, the bars and seat off and hang the frame. The wheels all live in a wall locker that has brackets for hanging wheels.

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    Mine is leaning up against the wall next to the TV. Most of the time, I'd rather watch it than what's on TV anyway.

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    outside chained to a bikerack.

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    Hanging, leaning, racked, assembled, or not, it doesn't matter. The bike will be fine.


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    At first I was concerned by hanging my bikes on a vinyl coated hook off a ceiling rafter in my garage... I was worried about it eventually causing my wheel to warp over time.

    Then I see two LBS's that use nothing but that.. So I guess it's OK....

    Or is it?

    These are MTB so I suppose it would be OK, but I think I would still be concerned about road bikes and their thin rims.
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    My dad has had his old road bike hanging from the ceiling by the rims for over 20 years(this is at my grandparent's house) and the wheels are still circular and in almost perfect true.

    BTW I hang my road bike(s) from the vinyl coated hooks in the ceiling but I ride my mtb Mon-Sat so that just sits in the hallway.

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    in a corner of the living room. wouldn't worry so much about weather effects in your garage, mine's indoors to prevent theft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorldWind
    Your saddle, grips, tires and the battery in your cc are the only things (possibly seals in shocks) that will be affected by extreme climate conditions over time. How extreme are we talking?

    I just hang my bikes by the rear wheel in the garage. For bikes I donít ride I take both wheels, the bars and seat off and hang the frame. The wheels all live in a wall locker that has brackets for hanging wheels.

    We're talking pretty extreme - midwest winters and summers, everything from below 0 to over 100 degrees. Mainly I was concerned about the frame becoming brittle and thus weaker with all exposure to temperature variation but I could see where the rubber parts and leather seat could get brittle too.

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    Fandango, its probably more of a concern if you expose the bike to extreme temps. over a short time... Like if you kept it inside, in a nice toasty 75 degree, when its 15 degree out, and you go riding...

    All that expanding and contracting in short time would probably be worse on the bike than if you left it in say, your garage that hovers around 30 degrees.
    Learning the ropes of mechanics on my Specialized Hard Rock Sport 2004 that I ride a bit too hard.... and upgrading parts that give me trouble on an excellent frame.

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