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Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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Putricaina
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by Putricaina

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.

bricky21
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by bricky21

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.

lechat
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by lechat

A mtb tube should do the trick.

Putricaina
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by Putricaina

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?

lechat
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by lechat

Just cut it once or in 2. should slide up the fork legs, I think.

dvincere
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by dvincere

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.

Geoff
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by Geoff

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.

mvz2
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by mvz2

Locking skewers maybe?

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by garysol1

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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kode54
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by kode54

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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Miller
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by Miller

I think it's asking for trouble to be leaving a high-end bike locked in public view every day.

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by Svetty

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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ave
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by ave

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)

Putricaina
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by Putricaina

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:

Wolfgang
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by Wolfgang

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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