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    Wheel cover

    I'm looking for a wheel cover that will fit the wheel that comes stock on the TK2. I'm going to use my 50mm carbon clincher with a nutted axle on the front. Anything I'm missing here?

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    Why do you want a wheel cover?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    Why do you want a wheel cover?
    Because they work?

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    If racing under UCI rules, wheel covers are illegal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Because they work?
    Work for what?
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    Check with Wheelbuilder.com. Also, he may not have anything on the site, but may be able to make or adapt something for you.

    But, yeah, I think they are illegal for UCI and therefore USA Cycling events.

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    So a disk wheel is legal but covers are not? I see them in use on the track here but I guess they could come apart. Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    Work for what?
    I saw a quote from a major wheel builder who admitted they were as effective as a disk at reducing drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    So a disk wheel is legal but covers are not? I see them in use on the track here but I guess they could come apart. Thanks for the replies.
    Well...

    1M. Bicycles
    1M1. Bicycles used in competition must be propelled solely by the rider's legs and shall have the following characteristics:

    (b) There may be no protective shield, fairing, or other device on any part of the bicycle, which has the effect of reducing air resistance except that spoke covers may be used
    1M7. Young Junior/Youth Bicycles
    Beginning in 2012, all riders aged 12 and under will be restricted to massed-start bicycles as defined in 1M1(g). These bicycles must also have at least 16 spokes and no wheel covers may be used. In 2013, this rule will also be applied to riders aged 13-14.
    So, yeah, they are legal.

    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I saw a quote from a major wheel builder who admitted they were as effective as a disk at reducing drag.
    Yeah, they are effective.

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    They're extremely effective, and are legal under USAC rules, just not UCI. So no nationals or anything I believe.
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    I thought US Nationals were contested under US Cycling rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    I thought US Nationals were contested under US Cycling rules.
    Actually, US Elite track nationals is on the UCI calendar, so UCI points and therefore UCI rules.

    For example, in 2010 when the Casco Warp helmet was not approved by CPSC and not allowed at other USA Cycling events, they were allowed there because they were under UCI rules.
    Last edited by carleton; 05-23-12 at 10:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
    They're extremely effective, and are legal under USAC rules, just not UCI. So no nationals or anything I believe.
    So you guys can use them? All our racing is under UCI rules including the approved wheel list for road racing all the way down to local club races!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalai View Post
    So you guys can use them? All our racing is under UCI rules including the approved wheel list for road racing all the way down to local club races!
    That's a good question.

    It's my understanding that USA Cycling rules apply for any USA Cycling event that is not on the UCI calendar nor is candidate for a a UCI World Record (or World Best) time.

    For example, I think a national championship age 15-16 junior time trial racer can use them because 15-16 is not a UCI age category. But, 17-18 year olds must adhere to UCI rules...as well as Masters age 35+.

    (Of course, I could be wrong)

    There are (or have been) some National Championship times faster than World Record times but the UCI did not ratify them for one reason or another.

    But for local and regional racing I don't think anybody would care. The only time I've ever had any equipment scrutinized was at bike check at National Championship events.

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    Well there's this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Well there's this...
    That is incredibly ghetto.

    You could always get sketchy chinese carbon disk wheels: http://www.yishunbike.com/2012-yishu...els-p-648.html

    (side note, has anyone ever tried them?)

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    That actually works pretty well but don't use cardboard

    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Well there's this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrainInAJar View Post
    That is incredibly ghetto.

    You could always get sketchy chinese carbon disk wheels: http://www.yishunbike.com/2012-yishu...els-p-648.html

    (side note, has anyone ever tried them?)
    It's actually not bad. It may not be durable, but I'm sure that it works. If he were able to use a more durable material instead of cardboard, it wouldn't be much different that this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrainInAJar View Post
    That is incredibly ghetto.

    You could always get sketchy chinese carbon disk wheels: http://www.yishunbike.com/2012-yishu...els-p-648.html

    (side note, has anyone ever tried them?)
    Not so sure if I'd label them sketchy. There's plenty of great reports about the carbon wheels coming out of China. Just as good (and some think even better, especially considering the price!) as some of the "big" names.

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    Wheelbuilder says that the disk covers are NOT compatable

    Wheels that are always incompatible with covers:

    • Track or Fixie wheels



    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Check with Wheelbuilder.com. Also, he may not have anything on the site, but may be able to make or adapt something for you.

    But, yeah, I think they are illegal for UCI and therefore USA Cycling events.
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    i used to build wheelcovers out of monokote, a heatshrink film/fabric for r/c planes. it's superlight and track wheels are really easy since you don't have to worry about the brake track you can glue the material right down to the edge of the rim. with a tubular tire you want to make sure you have a tire mounted before you build the cover, i think trying to mount a tire with the cover in place would be difficult to not damage the cover. the covers worked well and last a couple of years with regular use if set up well and reinforced around the valve stem.

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