Bicycle Repair/parking a bile



I have an 11 years old KHS comp full suspensions RockShox Duke XC, 4".   I always park it up side down, on its handlebar and seat when not riding. Never leaked in 11 years.   Recently started leaking oil  from the front suspensions. I  Called and made an appointment with shop mechanic.  However, he is telling me ( on the phone)  that if I keep park the bike like this, it will continue leaking and it is not good idea... 

What is the best way to park it ( hanging it from the ceiling is not an option for me)  ?  

Any way to avoid it in the future ( oil leaking)  -  extra sealing ?  if I keep park it on its seat and handlebar which I think is better...

Thank you?   Gabe?

Storing your bike in the way that you describe should not be a problem. However, after 11 years, it appears as if your fork seals may be worn out or packed with dirt/grunge, etc. This is the likely cause of your oil leak.
When you take the bike/fork in  for service, ask to have the seals replaced or refurbished. With fresh seals, you should be able to store the bike any way you find most convenient.  

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I can answer most inquiries with respect to bicycle assembly, repair, tuning and maintenance. I am less than inclined to speak on such questions as "What kind of bike should I buy?", &/or "What is this bike worth?", etc. Any answers to these types of questions may correlate poorly to an acceptable "fact/sarcasm" ratio.


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