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Old May 10th 09, 11:59 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Kroma
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Hello,

I am just getting back into cycling after a few years (well, 13) absence.

I have purchased and fitted a bike 'hanger' which consists of two prongs
protruding from my garage wall. It works a treat. However...

If I am to be able to fit my car in the garage, I need to loosen the
handlebars and twist them through 90 degrees so that they are aligned with
the wheel. This allows the bike to sit fairly flush to the wall. If I
don't do this, my car parking space is severely limited due to the
protruding handlebar (or the front wheel sticking out due to the handlebar
touching the wall).

My question is, is it safe for me to twist the handlebars like this
everytime I store the bike and then to realign the handlebar (all done with
an Allen key) ready for cycling? Will I eventually wear something down or
is this a common activity?

Thanks in advance,

Kroma


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Old May 11th 09, 12:38 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Leo Lichtman[_2_]
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"Kroma" wrote: (clip) is it safe for me to twist the handlebars like this
everytime I store the bike and then to realign the handlebar (all done
with an Allen key) ready for cycling? (clip)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
One of my folding bikes uses this technique as part of the storage
procedure. To that end, they provide a lever in place of the Allen bolt.
This suggests to me that the procedure can be done many times without damage
or undue wear. You might even shop for a lever of this type to make things
less fussy.

As an alternative, how about removing the front wheel when you hang up the
bike. You do have a quick release on the front wheel, don't you? Or can
get one.


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Old May 11th 09, 02:35 AM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
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Default Safe to twist handlebars for storage?

On May 10, 7:38*pm, "Leo Lichtman" wrote:
"Kroma" wrote: *(clip) is it safe for me to twist the handlebars like this
everytime I store the bike and then to realign the handlebar (all done
with an Allen key) ready for cycling? (clip)


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
One of my folding bikes uses this technique as part of the storage
procedure. *To that end, they provide a lever in place of the Allen bolt.

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Old May 12th 09, 02:43 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
SMS
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Kroma wrote:

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My question is, is it safe for me to twist the handlebars like this
everytime I store the bike and then to realign the handlebar (all done with
an Allen key) ready for cycling? Will I eventually wear something down or
is this a common activity?


As long as no cables are getting stretched or kinked I'm sure it's fine.

There are also some folding handlebars on the market, but the ones I've
seen at trade shows still require an Allen wrench, i.e.
"http://www.humpert.com/en_media/bikeparts/downloads/montage_sicherheit/visuals/lenkerbuegel/HandlebarX-ACTFHS2_E.pdf"

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Old May 12th 09, 08:53 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
Erness Wild
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Default Safe to twist handlebars for storage?

Whatever happened to "wing-nuts" on the front wheel. I still
have a bicycle with those. Come off without tools.

(of course you might want to lock the front wheel if you go
somewhere a leave the bicycle)

Always wondered why there was never a finger tight twist lock
on a bicycle for the stem.

Kroma wrote:
Hello,

I am just getting back into cycling after a few years (well, 13) absence.

I have purchased and fitted a bike 'hanger' which consists of two prongs
protruding from my garage wall. It works a treat. However...

If I am to be able to fit my car in the garage, I need to loosen the
handlebars and twist them through 90 degrees so that they are aligned with
the wheel. This allows the bike to sit fairly flush to the wall. If I
don't do this, my car parking space is severely limited due to the
protruding handlebar (or the front wheel sticking out due to the handlebar
touching the wall).

My question is, is it safe for me to twist the handlebars like this
everytime I store the bike and then to realign the handlebar (all done with
an Allen key) ready for cycling? Will I eventually wear something down or
is this a common activity?

Thanks in advance,

Kroma




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