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Join http://WarmShowers.org I have seen many members offering a place to store a bike. Or, buy them at a bike shop that will take care of them for you afterward. Or, go home on the train and take them with you. http://www.google.com/search?q=bikes+on+trains+in+france


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Probably your best bet if you want to park them is to meet someone with a large shed who'll put the bikes up for you. If you make the finance/convenience tradeoff I think selling the bikes after your stay and getting new ones when you return might be a better option, but I understand the convenience of having the same bike. I can think of several options ...


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Assuming that's not a carbon frame (I don't dare go near them) I would try to hang it from the frame near the saddle. I'm guessing with suspension forks and a rack it will probably balance just forward of the saddle. A nice wide (e.g. 200mm) single hook would seem to me to be the way to go - an S-hook but made of sheet material, or 2 S-hooks joined ...


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Assuming you have room to hang the bike vertically by the rear wheel, it's pretty easy to assemble what you need from parts at the hardware store. Look for a cushioned hanger to put the rear wheel in. Then Google pipe hangers to find something to attach the hanger above to the pipe. You could also look for a coated S hook for the bike wheel.


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Following on from Johnny's answer of using compressed air, how about getting one of those computer air duster cans (a bit like this one), and a water bottle holder (a metal one with some flex in it, so you can re-adjust the size of the bottle that it can hold). One like this is a great example: Then put the air duster in the water bottle holder! It's a ...



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