Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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Okay, I'm not sure about exactly what you've broken... you call it "the inner axle". Normally, the axle refers only to the solid steel piece which remains fixed while the hub rotates around it. What you refer to as the "inner axle" is normally called the "skewer" or the "quick release". I am also not sure what you mean by "dust covers".
Am I right about what you are asking? Did you break this piece shown here?
If what you broke is indeed the skewer, it's easy to fix. $12 from Nashbar, for some skewers: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
Or your local bike shop will probably carry them for a similar price.
You SHOULD NOT ride the bike while it has a broken skewer!! This could cause the front wheel's axle to fall out of the fork, which would probably cause a serious crash. When you get a new skewer, read the instructions carefully to learn how to install the skewer properly ... it is NOT as easy as it looks to install one safely
PS- How did the skewer break in the first place??? It is fairly unusual for a skewer to break, since the skewer itself does not actually absorb any of the vertical stress on the front wheel as long as it is properly installed. The skewer's only purpose is to compress against the fork horizontally, holding the axle in place due to friction. When you install a new skewer, MAKE SURE that the axle (steel hollow part that the skewer fits through) is fully seated in the fork ends.