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Old 01-09-10, 02:42 PM
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Sixty Fiver
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Hanging the cork from the saddle rails is an old racing tradition while putting a cork in the fork has a practical purpose as it keeps water from entering and contaminating the lower race of the headset.

Washout is the number one reason for failure in the lower race... and keeping water out of the steerer is also a great way to prevent corrosion in steel frames.

I have a big box of corks at my shop for this purpose... older bikes with tubular seat posts can also benefit from this as this is another entry point for water.

If you don't run fenders this is a virtually free and invisible way to protect your bike from water getting into places it shouldn't.
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