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Can i damage my fork by storing my bike on a wall hook?

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Old 02-12-08, 04:26 PM
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Can i damage my fork by storing my bike on a wall hook?

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In my apartment, I store my bikes vertically on my wall using a storage hook that screws into the wall. The hook grabs the rim of the front tire resulting in a bike with both tires on the wall facing towards the ceiling. For road bikes, I see no problem in doing this. However, if my mountain bikes spend the majority of their life in an upward facing position when not being ridden, I was wondering if this can damage a suspension fork. Does the pulling action imparted by the hook have an affect over time? Does allowing the oil in an air-oil fork to drain away from the dropouts and rest at top of the fork wear on performance or seal integrity over time? Should I be storing my bike right side up?
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Old 02-12-08, 04:28 PM
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More importantly, why aren't you riding your bike?
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Old 02-12-08, 04:31 PM
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Hypothetically, even riding the bike for 5 hours a day still leaves 19 hours suspended on the hook.
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Old 02-12-08, 04:37 PM
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I was told that it was common for some (older?) Manitou forks to leak when stored like that...
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Old 02-12-08, 04:42 PM
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I have an '07 Manitou R7 Comp and an '03 Cannondale Headshock on the bikes hanging on my wall now.
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Shouldn't damage it. We always store ours by the rear wheel but that is just so there is less to swing methinks.
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On my Rock Shox it says that if the fork spends a long amount of time upsidedown then you should cycle the fork a few times through its travel to return it to normal. Didn't say anything about long term damage.
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This is my choice of space saving storage also, however I was more concerned with hydraulic disc brake issues and the possiblity of making the brake system more prone for air to enter the line than issues with the fork. In both instances though I can't really say I have noticed problems and I have been hanging my bikes by a ceiling hook for about 6 years. Of course with lots of riding in between.
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Old 02-14-08, 06:39 PM
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. . . and I have been hanging my bikes by a ceiling hook for about 6 years.
You really should get them down and ride them more often . . . .
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Hanging them should be fine. Just don't store them in a van.
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Hanging them should be fine. Just don't store them in a van.
I think we are having problems with our ideas on van storage here.............
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Hanging them should be fine. Just don't store them in a van.
Vans are fine. Vans down by the river are another story.
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Vans are fine. Vans down by the river are another story.
Vans makes a cycling shoe??
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