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Old 12-03-13, 06:30 AM
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I have four of these in my garage, and four more bikes upside down on simple hooks.

The issue will be insufficient weight for the latch mechanism to engage, so the hook closest to the latch will drop down. The suggestion of a small threaded hook on the end of a broomstick is an excellent one. That's what I use to grab the end loop of the pull cord when the hook drops and the end goes to the ceiling.

At any rate, don't worry about any of this. You'll figure it all out by experience. Just make certain that you have the type of saddle that can support half the weight of your bike. Certain leather saddles (Cardiff) have problems with the rail to frame welds, and they can be damaged stressed by the hanging.
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