for me, its a definate NO. never have. i have not had a bad experience through this, even with all my past bikes being of the dirt variety (Enduro), and with some of the stories i have read here about mates dropping bikes just while sitting on them, i never let any of my mates 'have a go'. especially now with 'Marcelle', im the only one to ride her. anyone else hold their bikes as close to them as me?