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Old 09-17-09, 02:18 PM   #1
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Track end paint protection?

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?
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Old 09-17-09, 02:25 PM   #2
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This is the reason a lot of them are chromed...but it may just be one of those unavoidable things.
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Old 09-17-09, 03:28 PM   #3
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I've seen some bieks with those removable/replaceable dropouts, but that wouldn't work as a retrofit i assume
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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.
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Old 09-21-09, 03:37 AM   #5
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Wear = use = love

Let 'em get funky
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I have to say that track ends are the one place on a bike that I think wear looks good. Maybe because its unavoidable.

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you could have metal plates fabricated and mounted on your track ends, but that would be dumb and a waste of money.
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should have gotten chromed track ends

not that chromed parts don't get teeth marks in them either.
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Just found these thingies:

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1451

Not sure if it would be worth the hassle, though.
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do you have a dawes sst (or frame with the exact drop outs)?
if not, how do you expect them to fit?
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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?
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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.

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Old 09-21-09, 07:59 PM   #13
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Yeah, you guys are right. It's not like anyone's going to notice anyway.
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There you go. It's normal and unavoidable. Just roll with it.
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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_S...ls&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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