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Is it okay to do this to my bike?(8 posts)

Is it okay to do this to my bike?jba
Nov 15, 2001 2:59 PM
(This came up on a MTBR and it got me wondering...)

Is it okay to hang my bike from a single ceiling hook? I have Rolf Vector Pros. Theoretically, this should be no worse than propping the bike up on one wheel, right?

All i'm doing is making one wheel hold the entire bike's weight (except for the minute bit that is supported by the wall that the front wheel rests upon.)

Still, I feel paranoid about the whole thing. What do you guys think?

jba
re: Is it okay to do this to my bike?brider
Nov 15, 2001 3:03 PM
Not a problem. That load is magnitudes less than what the wheel sees when you're riding it.
ditto nmDog
Nov 15, 2001 3:09 PM
No Problemogrzy
Nov 15, 2001 3:12 PM
I do it with all sorts of bikes in my shop. Just use the nice plastic coated hooks and avoid placing a decal on it.

The only people that have problems with this are non-technical anal types who don't really understand the magnitude of the loads involved - as was pointed out above (be it a bit nicer).
re: Is it okay to do this to my bike?DINOSAUR
Nov 15, 2001 3:16 PM
I've been doing it all the time. If your hook has a plastic coating the rim of the Rolf VP will eventually cut into it and you can scratch the rim on the metal if you aren't careful. Just change the hook once and awhile and it will be OK...hooks are cheap, lots of luck trying to find a replacement for your Rolf VP...
For MTB...mr_spin
Nov 15, 2001 3:39 PM
It's no big deal. A road bike will fit on almost any hook, but if you are going to hang a mountain bike, get a wider hook. Otherwise, it is a pain to get it on sometimes with 2.1 tires.

Home Depot has all kinds. I think I bought some for use with ladders. The hook is about 3 inches wide.
Also For MTB...Scott B.
Nov 15, 2001 6:00 PM
IF your MTB uses an oil lubrication system in the fork the best way to hang the bike may very well be upside down as this keeps the seals lubed. May only be important when storing the bike for an extended period of time and nobody should do that anyhow.
Scott B
Gee, you got me worriedMel Erickson
Nov 15, 2001 4:11 PM
I've got seven hanging in my garage that way, including a tandem. I'm gonna go check right now.

Seriously, I've been doing it for 20 years or more with no problems.