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I have a similar bike stand to this at home:

Floor stand

I'm happy putting my wife's and my commuter in it but worried that it will damage the wheels of my XC bike if left in there for long periods. Can wheels get damaged if there is prolonged pressure on a group of spokes?

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If you have disc brakes I would be much more concerned about the discs than about the spokes. Depending on the size of those bars they may reach between the spokes and the disc and if you hit by accident your bike in a way that you press the disc against the bars of the stand you may bend it. –  Benedikt Bauer Apr 29 '13 at 21:10
    
Rotor sits clear and need have the front wheel in or else it could lean on the RD. –  DWGKNZ Apr 29 '13 at 23:04
    
They have absolutely nothing going for them except they are cheap, unless you own or operate the LBS that is. I would hesitate to put a department store bike in one..... –  mattnz Apr 30 '13 at 1:56
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Are you sure this is the best option to have AT HOME?? –  heltonbiker Apr 30 '13 at 2:34
    
What exactly is this contraption good for, if your bikes have kickstands? –  Kaz May 4 '13 at 0:39

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I'm guessing from the way you worded this "pressure on a group of spokes" that there is in fact pressure on spokes when you put your CX bike in this rack. Assuming that, then yes, this rack can cause damage to the wheel. The most likely issue you would have is that the wheel would go out of true and you'd have to true it up. My bigger concern would be your CX bike getting bumped when another bike is being put in/taken out. With the spokes already hitting, you could now bend one or more spokes and the truing process just got a lot harder.

That said, I've racked my bikes in racks where there was a bit of pressure on the spokes for short periods without issue. Long term, you may want to find a better spot for the CX.

Directly answering your question though, a stand that only holds one wheel can do so without damaging the bike...it just needs to be wide enough.

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Too wide can be bad too. Like putting a CX bike into a rack that was built for a mountain bike. The bike leans pretty far over to the side and puts a whole lot of pressure of the spokes on one side. We have a rack like that at my work. It drives everyone crazy. –  jimirings Apr 29 '13 at 21:55
    
The bike I'm worried about is an XC mtb so running a wide tyre width which wedges in nicely, however even the slightest lean puts some pressure on the spokes. –  DWGKNZ Apr 29 '13 at 23:02

I'd be concerned if you you were hooking your trusty XC bike up to a public rack that looked like that, not only would it be nearly impossible to secure your frame to it but I'd fear someone would come along and indeed damage something, even unintentionally while wrestling their bike free from the same rack.

But at home? It depends on how long you plan to leave it there or whether or not it's actually leaning on just a spoke or two. One night at a time? Probably not worth worrying about. Leaving it there for an entire season or two? I probably would skip the risk by leaning it against a wall in a safe spot.

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