Postmodern Beauty King
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Corvallis, OR
Bikes: Centurion Fix, Jamis Nova, Jamis Crosscountry
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TK2 Front wheel axle has flats...
I just picked up my Felt TK2 from the shop. The bike is gorgeous and feels amazing. The is a problem though, right out of the box: to the shop and my surprise, the front wheel axle has flats on it. That is, the threaded section the nut goes on appears to be ground down to make parallel flats that engage with the front fork. This isn't documented anywhere on the Felt website that I can find. Even when I zoom in on the picture of the TK2 the axle end looks round. (click the "Download Image" link on this page
This means that I can't transport my bike on my roof rack (fork lock) because the fork won't fit onto the lock axle, and I can't use my old track wheels to train on. I'd like to be able to do both.
Is this a standard thing on track bikes? I have pretty limited experience in the track, and I think the only place I've seen these flats before was on a 70's Schwinn Varsity I fixed up for a friend. The bike is beautiful, and I'd rather not do this, but I'm considering using and end mill to open up the fork ends. It's going to be a real hassle if I have to transport my bike inside my car.
So, multiple questions:
Are there roof racks that will work with the narrow fork openings?
What are these axle's called, maybe I could just put a new axle in my old wheels
Why did felt do this? I can see it helping to make it easier to put on/off the wheel, if you only had one hand... but they didn't do it to the rear wheel. So, what's the point?