Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

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Lumpy Roads
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Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby Lumpy Roads » Tue Dec 11, 2012 17:37 pm

Hi, I'm not sure if I dreamt this, but I seem to think that I have seen recently that it is wrong to hang your bike by the front wheel against the garage wall, obviously on one of them purpose built bike hooks. The reason given I think, is that any air or gas in the hydraulic brakes will move down the system and interfere with braking, causing it to go squidgy. Did I dream that? Or is it generally accepted as bad practice to hang your bike up?

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Mad_Malx
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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby Mad_Malx » Tue Dec 11, 2012 17:50 pm

I think the oil in suspension forks moves into the wrong chamber (blow-off?), but sorts itself out after a few 'pumps'.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby RyanCTJ » Tue Dec 11, 2012 18:26 pm

I can tell you from experience that (older) Avid Elixir brakes don't like being upside down and can cause problems, but I read that Fox forks apparently benefit from time stored upside down. FWIW I've got a friend who stores his bike on a hook and he's not had any issues in over a year of doing it.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby JMcP92 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 18:30 pm

Would a simple solution to this (if it is true) simply be hang it on the back wheel rather than the front..?

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Dec 11, 2012 19:06 pm

Inverting forks is a good thing. If your brakes are properly bled then you will have no problems.
I store my Scalp on a hook from the front wheel. My Elixir X0 brakes are perfect, no problems at all.
If it was a problem then hanging it by the back wheel would shift the problem from the front brake to the back one.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby Lumpy Roads » Tue Dec 11, 2012 19:13 pm

Thank you Rock Monkey and all, still not sure where I saw it, but my bikes are well maintained and haven't suffered so far. I appreciated your comments and advice.
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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby Plyphon » Tue Dec 11, 2012 21:37 pm

I find it very hard to believe that during transit and storage in various warehouses each set of forks, brakes etc are always stored upright.

IMO, it's okay to hang your bike any way you want to.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby jairaj » Wed Dec 12, 2012 13:04 pm

I've stored my bike upside down for months (broken bones so no riding) and they've been fine.

Fox forks can go stiff because oil runs into places and block some holes in the rebound circuit but this doesn't damage the forks in any way you simply need to turn the rebound from fully closed to open and also cycle the forks a few times and oils soon runs back to where it should be.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby dusk » Wed Dec 12, 2012 13:39 pm

the fox service guide says storing your forks upside down is good as it will help lube the seals/wipers
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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Dec 12, 2012 18:43 pm

dusk wrote:the fox service guide says storing your forks upside down is good as it will help lube the seals/wipers


Same for Rockshox & Marzocchi

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Dec 13, 2012 07:48 am

Lumpy Roads wrote:The reason given I think, is that any air or gas in the hydraulic brakes will move down the system and interfere with braking, causing it to go squidgy.


The levers end up higher than calipers, so any air tends to collect at the lever - where it is really easy to bleed out.

+1 for the forks, oil & seals thing, too.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby bennett_346 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 18:23 pm

Lumpy Roads wrote:air or gas

But...

But they're...

Nevermind.

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Dec 13, 2012 21:20 pm

bennett_346 wrote:
Lumpy Roads wrote:air or gas

But...

But they're...

Nevermind.


Reminds me of the senior engineer working for a major utilities company with many letters after her name who asked me if compressed air or electric signal cables could freeze in cold weather

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby bennett_346 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 22:02 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:
bennett_346 wrote:
Lumpy Roads wrote:air or gas

But...

But they're...

Nevermind.


Reminds me of the senior engineer working for a major utilities company with many letters after her name who asked me if compressed air or electric signal cables could freeze in cold weather

Brilliant :lol:

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby Northwind » Sat Dec 15, 2012 15:33 pm

Lumpy Roads wrote:The reason given I think, is that any air or gas in the hydraulic brakes will move down the system and interfere with braking, causing it to go squidgy. Did I dream that? Or is it generally accepted as bad practice to hang your bike up?


There shouldn't be any air in the brakes! It's possible to bleed brakes badly and get away with it by keeping the bike upright, but better to do it right- that way if you do have the bike upside down (fixing a mechanical, falling off a cliff) the brakes won't act up. (also if you have air in the reservoir, there's a risk that when the pads wear down it gets into the working fluid and all of a sudden mid-descent, no brakes)
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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby jehosophat » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:41 am

I store a couple of bikes upside down - at this time of year both mine and my wife's full suss, I always have two bikes upside down at all times, have done for 15 years, and have had no issues at all. Pace and Fox forks benefit from it, allegedly.

My only issue at present is finding another pair of rubberised hooks for this purpose - I used to buy them in Homebase years ago but have struggled to find any recently, I could do with another pair to get three bikes upside down and clear some more space in the garage, which is full of bikes, Thule racks, and car and bike wheels/tyres...

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Re: Stowing Your Bike On Hooks

Postby jairaj » Thu Dec 20, 2012 17:04 pm

rubberised hooks available on ebay for a couple quid.


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