Chas – rear tire leaning against picnic bench
How to you rest your bike?
Do you lean it against anything that is convenient, allowing any part to touch? Or, do you carefully lean the rear tire against a solid object so that no part of the bike can get scratched.
Someone moved my bike in the yard this afternoon, leaning the top tube against a metal bench. Ouch! Nothing irritates me more. Scratches happen. They are inevitable. But you can certainly minimize them.
I always lean the back tire against something solid – a picnic bench, lamp post, wall … with no other part of the bike touching. Yes, I have scratches on the bikes, particularly Thatch, but many fewer had I not been so careful over the years.
Lou – rear tire leaning against large rock
Chas: “I have scratches. I think of them a wrinkles. A weathered look. Evidence of a long life spent outdoors.”
Lou: “Not me! I’m young. No wrinkles here.”
Chas: “Yea, you’re still wet behind the ears. I even have a dent. A scar. Ouch! The result of a failed theft attempt.”
Thatch – rack against the bench
Thatch is different. She has fenders. I can’t use her tires. Instead, I use her pannier rack. It is getting worn but it is anyway with the use of the bags.
Thatch: “I like that. The rack really isn’t part of me anyway.”
And if there is nothing to lean the bike against, carefully lie it down on the grass, drive train up. Always drive train up 🙂
Or pedal pushed down against a kerb/stone. Never against the derailleur – unforgivable!
But that can scratch the pedal 😃 I have 2 pair of carbon road pedals and they only touch my shoes.
I prefer to “pedal park” as my son calls it. No carbon pedals here…
I used to pedal park until I began using more expensive road pedals.
Mine are MTB pedals on my crosser-they’d get offended if they didn’t get scratched or marked in some way
I have MTB pedals on my commuter. I must admit they are scratched up some but I’m careful with them as well 🙂
The saddle resting against a lamppost, the rest of the bike angled away so it’s not touching anything. Really annoys me when I visit the pub and my mate rests his bike up against mine!!
The saddle works fine too in some cases. I take my roads bikes inside one of my favourite cafes and lean the saddle against a curve wall. The saddle fit perfectly into a hollowed out section.
Saddle or back wheel to keep the bike up… same as you, with laying it down. Always drivetrain up.
My bike has a kickstand. She’s not built for speed 🙂