- Turning Bike Upside Down to Fix Punctures?
Can be quite tricky to refit a 12mm bolt-up through axle with the bike upright
Why? The weight of the bike lines everything up so you just have to poke the axle through. I’ve had a bike where you have to remove the skewer entirely to fit the wheel (so basically a through axle) for several years and find it far easier with the bike the right way up…
Bar ends solve that
Sub in ‘bar ends’ to that list then if you want!Posted 5 years agobutcherMember
Way to knacker your grips/GPS/stem/lockout lever!
Yep. Last time I fixed a puncture one of my grips got torn right off! And I had to ride home without it… 🙄 😉
Seriously. I’ve never broken anything by turning my bike upside down. I do it either way depending on my mood. I never thought it would anger anyone.Posted 5 years ago
What do you do with yours?
Well I can’t remember the last time I punctured whilst riding (genuinely), but whilst taking wheels in/out I just undo skewers and pick up the bike…
I’d lay it on the ground (and work on the wheel away from the bike) rather than turn it upside down though.
I never thought it would anger anyone.
Doesn’t anger me, I just never realised so many people did it. I always chuckle when you see someone pumping away furiously on a bike that’s upside down, scratching away!Posted 5 years agowattsymtbMember
njee20 – Member
Scratched lock on collars would annoy me though!
So being that this happens almost every time you fall off, do you replace all scratched parts after every crash? Or do you not crash? I would spend an awful lot more on riding bikes if scratches annoyed me.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
The road bike stays upright (STI’s look really bad if you turn the bike over), MTB get’s chucked upside down as it looks scuffy within 5 minutes of me owning it anyway! Went out last night and was amazed how clean and scratch free everyones bikes looked, mine always seem a magnet for damage!Posted 5 years agokayak23Subscriber
All you have to do is carry along three stale bagels in your backpack and simply insert the bar ends into two of them and the seat nose into the other before you invert the bike or you do it upside down on the grassy area found at the side of all trails. Otherwise, I get my support crew to put it in the bikestand.Posted 5 years ago
So being that this happens almost every time you fall off, do you replace all scratched parts after every crash? Or do you not crash?
I don’t crash enough to damage parts that often, I do generally replace things like grips if they get damaged though (not that I use lock-ons).
In fact, are your tyres OK with all that contact with the dirt and stones?
They get a good scrub when I clean the bike to ensure they’re as clean as possible!
My bike cost a reasonable amount, I like to after it, can’t really imagine genuinely not caring about damaging bits completely needlessly!Posted 5 years agoedlongMember
After 30 years of turning the bike upside down I recently bought my first workstand. What a revelation. Until I came to put the back wheel back in. My brain just could not compute how to do it right way up. I ended up taking the bike off the stand and standing it the time-honoured way to put the wheel back in.
Yes, I am a dunce. I don’t care.Posted 5 years agorelliott6879Member
I turn mine upside down to remove/replace wheels, but that’s all. It gets turned right-side-up again for pumping up tyres etc (or they’re done before putting the wheel back on). The only annoying thing is the brake levers need pumping like billy-o once it’s back on it’s wheels (Maybe a Shimano-ism? Never used to be an issue with my Hopes) to get the bite point back where it should be.
I try not to leave it upside down for any extended period of time (I’ve seen a fair few cars on the motorway with bikes upside down on the boot rack, for example) as I’m not sure I’d trust the brake reservoirs not to leak.Posted 5 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
ooh I’d never lay down the bike on its side – might irrepairably scratch the frame/fork/my nail polish
Even if I was a racer I’d imagine turning it over would take no longer than laying it down only to then pick it up again
Mind, haven’t ever given it much thought; I’d have dismissed the idea of a poll on the subject on the grounds that nobody would even answer it, let alone generate threadage on it 😯Posted 5 years ago
You are kidding, right?
Nope! Particularly make sure they’re clean when I take them off, who wants to fit muddy tyres!?
A friend of mine lived with a bloke who used to take his tyres off to clean them.
They’re much harder to clean off the bike, dunno why you’d remove them to clean them!Posted 5 years ago
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