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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Hey guys. Hopefully this question will not get anyone upset because it's not "light weight" related, but I do have a high end Giant TCR Advanced sl 3 that I plan on posting pics of soon.

This being put out of the way, I was wondering if anyone knew about protective covers that I could put on the bottom tips of my fork? I need this because I plan on going to work on my giant, and locking it outside where a security guard is constantly surveilling. The only way I can see myself locking my wheels with the bike is by removing the front wheel and locking it with the back one and then through the frame of the bike. I would love to be able to get to work and come back by bike just to put in the extra miles, but I don't want to scratch or crack the bottoms of my beautiful fork :wink: . You never know if someone might decide to touch the bike and move it around :-x

I would really appreciate if someone helped me find covers that are specifically made for that purpose. I did although think of a few "home-made" alternatives.

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:31 pm 
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Call your local bike shop, and ask if them if they have any of the plastic dropout doohickeys that forks are shipped with. They'll likely give you one for free.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:36 am 
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A mtb tube should do the trick.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:24 am 
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Thanks bricky, I will check with my LBS.

Lechat, i'm not quite sure I grasp what you mean... Just wrap the tube around the fork?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:05 am 
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Just cut it once or in 2. should slide up the fork legs, I think.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:18 am 
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I usually recommend, for several reasons, that one uses a u-lock through the frame and if possible one wheel, and the cable secures the other wheel through the lock. It saves a lot of hassle and time compared to removing your wheel.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:24 am 
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Just use a wooden stick. You can probably just pick one up off the ground near where you park and put it in the dropouts.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:09 pm 
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Locking skewers maybe?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:29 pm 
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I think I would find a way to just leave both wheels on the bike with either a second cable or a locking skewer.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:08 pm 
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you should be able to find something from home depot...a rubber end cap. that will also prevent it from slipping on the sidewalk like a plastic spreader.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:11 pm 
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I think it's asking for trouble to be leaving a high-end bike locked in public view every day.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:22 pm 
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Miller wrote:
I think it's asking for trouble to be leaving a high-end bike locked in public view every day.

Seconded - some bas***d will spot it and pitch up with his mates and an angle grinder....


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:13 pm 
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Indeed, If I wanted to ride to work, I wouldn't use my "nice" bike.
Or I'd find a place nearby, where I can store it inside. (even for a fee)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Hey guys, thank you to everyone who took the time to input their thoughts.
Concerning the safety of leaving the bike outside, I do fully understand the repercussions that it brings, but my bike is fully insured and where my bike will be locked, there is a security guard constantly present, looking around. Secondly, where I work is a huge complexe , where only employees are to be found on site therefore greatly reducing the chances that I get my bike jacked.

Once again thanks all for your input! :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:42 pm 
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I would not take the front wheel off...get a small dia coated cable and run through both wheels...Saves you from finding it knocked over and the fork legs nicked up!


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