Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Track end paint protection?
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I know this is being a little compulsive, but is there any way to keep the paint from getting trashed from the axle nuts on the track ends? I've seen metal protectors on a few BMX bikes, is there anything like that for a track frame?
This is the reason a lot of them are chromed...but it may just be one of those unavoidable things.
09-17-09, 04:28 PM
I've seen some bieks with those removable/replaceable dropouts, but that wouldn't work as a retrofit i assume
09-17-09, 04:44 PM
Suck it up and let the ends rust a little. It's just surface rust, you're bike isn't going to break in half because your axle nuts chipped your paint. Also nobody cares/most people who do can appreciate a beat up bike anyway.
09-21-09, 04:37 AM
Wear = use = love
Let 'em get funky
I have to say that track ends are the one place on a bike that I think wear looks good. Maybe because its unavoidable.
you could have metal plates fabricated and mounted on your track ends, but that would be dumb and a waste of money.
should have gotten chromed track ends :innocent:
not that chromed parts don't get teeth marks in them either.
Just found these thingies:
Not sure if it would be worth the hassle, though.
do you have a dawes sst (or frame with the exact drop outs)?
if not, how do you expect them to fit?
09-21-09, 06:04 PM
Dude...it's not worth it. Do you have some sort of guards on the bottom of your shoes to keep them from getting dirty or wearing out too?
Dropouts should be replaced along with the rest of your drivetrain. Whenever I pick up a new chain I also get a new cog, chain ring, and dropouts. Simple as that.
Yeah, you guys are right. It's not like anyone's going to notice anyway.
09-21-09, 09:05 PM
There you go. It's normal and unavoidable. Just roll with it.
09-21-09, 09:18 PM
i prefer to use my bike with no wheels. no dropout wear at all!
seriosly though, abomb, i actually do second your feelings. i've often dream of a force field for my car, but can't work out the details to invent one.
the only thing i've ever seen are these: http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=Details&ProdID=1451
appears only to be for the dawes sst-al though, i wish all frames had these. i am admittedly a no-wear junky.
(and yes, i even fret about my shoes. ever step in gum or dog ****e? lolol!!)
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