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Old 09-09-08, 01:42 PM
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Does Hanging from Front Wheel for Long Time Cause Damage?

Friends,

There have been a few threads on this on BF, but I wanted a response from actual mechanics, not just "laymen," like me. So, if you respond, please specify if you are a mechanic or not. Thanks!

THE QUESTION:

Will hanging my road bike (a Giant OCR) by the front wheel from a wall hook (leaving the bike perpendicular to the wall) for long periods of time end up damaging any part of the front end of my bike (especially, will it loosen or mess up the headset)?

Is the answer the same for a heavier bike, like my wife's Cannondale Street (a hefty townie-style bike with rack and fenders added on)?

The longest they'll be on the hooks at a stretch might be a few weeks at a time, during the winter.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-09-08, 01:59 PM
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No more so than leaving it resting on the tires. You probably weigh well in excess of 100 lb. Does it hurt the bike when you ride it?
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Old 09-09-08, 02:00 PM
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steel and aluminum do not creep at normal earth temps. there is no cyclical loading so no it does not harm your bike in any way.
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Old 09-09-08, 04:11 PM
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+1. Many people do it. Though I would admit to thinking twice about it every time I hang a bike that way. Just superstition.
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Old 09-09-08, 04:23 PM
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Heck, I used to do pull-ups from the top-tube on my bike which was hanging up-side down from the rafters in the garage... no problems there. Although my brother was adamant that roof-racks wear out your front-wheel bearings because of all the extra mileage the wheel does... yeah right..
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Old 09-09-08, 05:06 PM
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Hanging by the front wheel actually helps your riding, as in the spring your bike will already be in shape for climbing. You'll be amazed at how you'll fly up the steepest hills. Hanging by the rear wheel has the opposite effect. NEVER do that. And hanging upside down by both wheels trains the bike to submit; to surrender & play dead - again, not useful.

But I'm not a mechanic.
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Old 09-09-08, 05:47 PM
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--> No.
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--> No.
Short, sweet and correct.
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Old 09-09-08, 07:25 PM
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If you have a mtb with a nicer suspension fork, I have heard that it may even be beneficial because the oils in there will get around instead of always being relatively in one place. I forgot where I saw/read that, but it made sense.
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Short, sweet and correct.
True... but nowhere near as much fun.....

@ jwa's answer....
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Old 09-09-08, 08:30 PM
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Hang a chainring from a hook in the ceiling for a month or two and it turns into a Biopace ring.
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Hang a chainring from a hook in the ceiling for a month or two and it turns into a Biopace ring.
What a coincidence. That's how I turn a Biopace ring back into a normal ring!

But seriously, it doesn't hurt anything. Unless your dropping your bike really really really really hard onto the hook....

And for what it's worth, I'm an employed mechanic.
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Thanks loads, guys. We'll continue as is.
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