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Wall mount bike rack and stress on wheels(6 posts)

Wall mount bike rack and stress on wheelsschills
Dec 19, 2003 10:45 AM
I recently hung 5 bikes on my wall using brackets that hold the bike vertically by the front wheel. It holds the front flush against the wall and then gravity presses the rear against the wall. The question is, does this stress the front wheel to the point that it would go out of true or out of round if it isn't taken down and ridden every day? These are all sub-20 pound road/cx/TT bikes.
re: Wall mount bike rack and stress on wheelsTimA
Dec 19, 2003 10:57 AM
Do they go out of true on a 40 mph descent on a bumpy road? I highly doubt the stresses involved in hanging them come anywhere near the stresses incurred during even the most casual ride.

-Tim
No problemTWD
Dec 19, 2003 11:24 AM
I've been hanging my bikes this way for close to 10 years and have never had a problem.

I've got 7 bikes hanging this way now, including a tandem.

If the wheels can stand up to thousands of miles of abuse on the road, they can handle hanging there.

Now, if you've got some super light carbon rims, I might think twice about it, but only from the standpoint that the hooks can sometimes scratch or gouge into the rim if you aren't careful.
re: Wall mount bike rack and stress on wheelsinnergel
Dec 19, 2003 12:30 PM
I'd be more concerned about the stresses on the fork and headset than the wheels. Seems like the junction of the fork and headset would take a bit more abuse this way. But as others have said, there is certainly a lot more stress on these parts while riding than just hanging on the wall.

Now mtb suspension forks are probably another story.
Concerned about fork stresses?Kerry Irons
Dec 19, 2003 5:37 PM
So you're concerned about the force of a 20 lb bike on the fork, but not concerned about the force of a 170-200 lb package on that same fork when you're riding? Hanging bikes by wheels, forks, frames, etc. does not stress anything. Full stop. I'm thinking that putting a hook under the saddle or bottle cage, or hanging the bike by a brake or derailleur cable would be a bad idea. Otherwise, it's impossible to propose any sort of stress that has any meaning compared to the simple act of riding the bike.
I agree w/ you Kerryinnergel
Dec 22, 2003 8:49 AM
My post about suspension forks had to do with the seals. I remember reading something that talked about the seals preferring to be vertical. The premise was that they would leak after extended storage in a non-vertical position, like hanging upside down. As I said before, it seems like a misguided premise when compared to the stresses of everyday riding.

Sorry if I wasn't clear on that.