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Hanging a bike(6 posts)

Hanging a bikeOstimu
May 13, 2001 10:38 PM
I have a new road bike, and rather than lock it out in the hall in my apartment building like I did my old hybrid, I'd prefer to keep this new beauty in my apartment.
I live in NYC, and floor space is terribly limited. The only option I've found is to hang the bike from a door. (Yes, wall space is as limited as floor space. My wife doesn't consider my bike quite as lovely as the photographs and such we currently use to decorate our walls, so hanging the bike on a wall is out.)
So the question... Is it safe to hang the bike from either the front or back wheel on some sort of padded hook? (That is, JUST the front or the back -- I'll be hanging the bike on a door, remember.) I imagine it is, but I want to be sure. I have a new Specialized Allez Comp, and the wheel set is the crazy Shimano WHR-535, if that makes any difference.
As always, thanks in advance...
-Osti
http://www.ostimusic.com
On a hook and from a door? Tough one there, mate.boy nigel
May 13, 2001 11:47 PM
Osti,

I can picture what you're considering, I believe. It could work, provided the door was solid and strong, but I'm really not sure if you'd want to do this for a couple of reasons. The hooks you're describing generally only work with a solid wall, and something you can drill into.

Performance Bike offers this (see link below) for two bikes (they've got a model for singles, too); it claims to even work with studless walls (!). Hmmm. I'd question them about that one, but they probably couldn't claim it (or sell it) if it didn't work.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/large_photo.html?SKU=1866&Store=Bike

I'd guess that the weight of a bike (even a lightweight like yours) might strain a door and/or its hinges a bit, but again, the Performance people might be able to suggest something.

Plenty of people hang their bikes this way; doesn't damage wheels/rims, especially if the bike is rotated or rode regularly (even those cool wheels). It's a done thing, so I wouldn't worry about the wheels; they can take it if they can take the NYC pounding they've no doubt already taken.

If you buy something like one of these hangers, I'd check around. There are some made with an additional piece to attach to the wall/door to keep the rear wheel from marking up the surface/paint. You could also simply put a piece of wood or something where the rear wheel would go, too.

Good luck. I can give you some mail-order links if you need them; just ask.

If you can't find something that'll work, just move the wife out to the couch and sleep with the Specialized. I do that with my TCR sometimes; she's (the wife, that is) gotten used to it pretty quickly (though she hates the resulting chainring marks on the sheets when laundry time comes around). ;)

Cheers,
Nige
re: Hanging a bikeCyclingWolf
May 14, 2001 12:17 AM
Just a consideration..I am very pleased with a product by a company called Graber http://www.graber-products.com/index_org.html they do
not go into great detail on their website but you can request a
catalog. You can see the rack I speak of in the picture on the site link above under the words store it. The rack is a very eye
appealing black tubing the rack is made to hold 2 bikes and simply
leans on the wall, no mounting, no installation with exception to
the two holding arms.
another, possibly better alternativeET
May 14, 2001 8:21 AM
Check out the Minoura free standing bike stand at the link below from Nashbar. It does not need a wall and you can easily move it around. I have one and love it.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=118&subcategory=1132&brand=&sku=2074&storetype=&estoreid=
re: Hanging a bikeLazy
May 14, 2001 9:19 AM
How about hanging it from the ceiling? Would be kind of a pain if you have vaulted ceilings I suppose.
re: Hanging a bikesimstress
May 14, 2001 12:12 PM
If you hang the bike on a door, would you be able to open the door wide enough to be usable?

Tell your wife that Seinfeld hangs a bike on the wall, and it's not so bad.

To protect the surface from tire marks, hang a long strip of Contact paper on the wall/door. The adhesive is not strong enough to take off your paint, at least not in my apt. I use the clear variety so you don't notice anything on the wall. But it also comes in lovely patterns and prints if that's your thing. ;-)