It's what you don't see..
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Juan Island, Washington
Bikes: 1985 Raleigh Alyeska Touring, Reynolds 555 CroMoly (heavy and comfortable), 2004 Litespeed Palio, (more bike than I'm used to...)
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Broke a star nut...what did I do wrong?
Okay. So I moved to Gustavus Alaska, which is near rainy Juneau. I'm using my GF's mountainbike to get around and I desperately need fenders. So I bought a front fender from Apex which came with what looked to be a rather simple star nut arrangement; flip the fork over, insert star nuts into fork tube, pound them in w/a hammer just like the diagram said and voila...instant front fender. Well, that's not what happened. The first star nut cracked clean in two. I thought they would simply bend as the thing was pounded in, but it just snapped.
Fork model is a RockShock "Judy." if that means anthing. (too small a hole?)
Is this simply a matter of replaceing a star nut and trying again? Or am I a fool to think that the star nuts were designed to bend as they go in the hole?
Responses much appreciated...