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Hanging a bike from rims ???(20 posts)

Hanging a bike from rims ???GTroadbike
Mar 27, 2003 2:25 PM
I know this post has probably been on here a zillion times, but is it safe to hang my road bike (about 19lbs) from it's rims. I want to hang it from both front and back rims using two J hooks. Is this okay? Will it damage the rims or throw it out of true? The wife wants the bike hung, I just need convinced it's okay. Please share your comments or stories. Thanks....
... short answer.. yes, it's perfectly safe...Akirasho
Mar 27, 2003 2:31 PM
... if the hooks are padded or coated in vinyl... it saves on cosmetic blems... Just remember, that you and the dynamics of cycling put far greater stresses on the wheels than static hanging...

Be the bike.
re: Hanging a bike from rims ???ClydeTri
Mar 27, 2003 2:31 PM
yes, its fine..think about this much loading are you putting on it when you ride it versus the loading on the rims when they are hanging statically and distributing the weight from the bike over both rims...about 10 lbs per rim....
re: Hanging a bike from rims ???Tower
Mar 27, 2003 3:50 PM
I've often wondered about hanging a bike this way too.

You mention weight distribution, but wheels are designed to support weight on their outside edge. I have to wonder what it does to a wheel when the weight (granted a small amount) is put on the inside of the wheel.

Inside outKerry
Mar 27, 2003 4:29 PM
Let's think this through. The "inner" surface of the rim takes all the force from the spokes, which at a static level is significantly higher than the forces the wheel sees when loaded(otherwise the wheel would collapse from your weight). Hanging the bike by a hook will put a maximum of 20lb on that part of the rim, a tiny force compared to that experienced in rotation when you're riding. There is ABSOLUTELY no risk to hangin a bike by its wheels.
Good point, but...Tower
Mar 27, 2003 4:39 PM
The wheel is being "pulled" out from the spoke at that point, instead of the spoke supporting the weight. See my point?
Sheesh, you have no point!Kerry
Mar 27, 2003 5:22 PM
I don't "see" your point because you don't have one. There is minimal force on a rim from hanging it. FULL STOP. No ifs, ands, or buts. If you had a "point", then I could crush a rim by standing on the inside circumfrence. Sheesh.
Sheesh, you have no point!Tower
Mar 27, 2003 6:09 PM
Settle down Beavis. Don't be such a pr!ck.
Sheesh, you have no point!Nug
Mar 27, 2003 8:39 PM
Why do you insist on sounding off like a know it all jackass every time something isn't immediately evident to someone else (as everything obviously is to you?) You have good advice, but you just can't resist the digs, which means it'd probably be better to just sit there smirking than trying to belittle those of us who (gasp!) ask questions. That, or you need to get laid.
Good point, but...russw19
Mar 28, 2003 1:39 AM
Tower, the spoke tension on the rim is actually going to be higher than the weight of the full bike on a pair of hooks. If the rims were going to be hurt by hanging them, then the spoke tension pulling on your rims would cause them to shatter. Make sense?

I am not trying to be condescending or anything, so don't take it that way, but think for a second about the forces pulling on your rim. Hanging it is actually better than having it on the floor as it removes the bikes weight from the tires so they don't crack or dry rot as fast. Actually I don't think even that is a big deal as the tires need to be flat and start to dry out before sitting flat will hurt them. Either way, the only thing bad about hanging a bike would be if it somehow keeps you from riding it.

Yeah, that makes sense....nmTower
Mar 28, 2003 5:10 AM
Yeah, that makes sense.
From even one rim is OK and...PdxMark
Mar 27, 2003 2:39 PM
it's more convenient to hang/retrieve the bike and, depending on where you're doing it, will take less space.
Dont over analyse it...russw19
Mar 27, 2003 4:46 PM
Hundreds of bike shops hang thousands of bikes in the repair areas and have been doing so for years. I think if there was any chance it was bad, will all the hung bikes out there, you would have heard about it by now.

Stress analysis on the rims is really a bit overkill here folks....

I know there are somethings that we don't do anymore just because it was done in the past, but this isn't one of those cases. There is no reason to not hang a bike unless it is hard to pull down and that keeps you from riding it.

Rims Stickers....biknben
Mar 28, 2003 5:26 AM
When you go to hang the bike, put the hook between spokes where there is no sticker on the rim. Even a vinyl covered hooks will damage the stickers.
Or just remove the stickers altogther.Fez
Mar 28, 2003 10:40 AM
"Wheelsmith" and "DT Spokes" and "Mavic" stickers always looked ugly anyway.
The final answer53T
Mar 28, 2003 5:31 AM
I've seen Lance's garage in Austin. He uses one hook per bike, for all his bikes. Clearly, not hanging your bike by a hook would detract from your chances of winning four tours.

"It's not about the hook".
So THAT'S what everyone has been doing wrong! nmTower
Mar 28, 2003 6:44 AM
Just make sure it is well hung. ;-P nmSpunout
Mar 28, 2003 6:51 AM
One hooker here. No problems. :) nmNo_sprint
Mar 28, 2003 10:00 AM
The big picture?Turtleherder
Mar 28, 2003 12:07 PM
First, it is perfectly alright to hang the bike by the rim. But I believe that you may be missing the big picture. WHERE is the bike going to be hung? Please don't tell me that you are going to relegate your trusty steed to the garage! Remember your bike is a loving part of the family and therefore should be treated as such. This means that the bike is either given its own room or it is proudly displayed in the family room for all to admire.