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View Poll Results: POLL: Have you removed the Safety Tabs on your fork?
Yes, they're a pain. 10 62.50%
No, I'm sure big brother knows better than me. 5 31.25%
I'd like to but afraid of the Mattress Tag Police 1 6.25%
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Old 06-06-11, 08:23 PM   #1
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POLL Removing Safety Numbs on Fork Drop-Outs

Who here have filed / ground down the safety tabs on your front fork drop-outs?

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Old 06-06-11, 08:43 PM   #2
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They're stupid. I've filed them down on about 5 or 6 forks. No issues so far.
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Old 06-06-11, 08:52 PM   #3
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I rode bikes without tabs for 36 years and never lost a front wheel. In 2006 I bought my first bike with tabs. They came off in a couple of weeks.

But I'd never do that to a bike that wasn't mine.
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Never found them to be a problem.
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They don't bother me.
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Looking over the poll choices I'm thinking you would have a promising career in politics. Everytime that a politician tells me that 58% or people favor this or that I wonder what the poll choices were.

I've seen the potential result of not having them. A rider tried to pop-a-wheelie going over a railroad track and lost his front wheel. It wasn't pretty and he was injured seriously enough to miss a couple months of work.

I've still got one bike that's old enough that it didn't come with them and I don't worry when I ride it. On the other hand, I don't find them aggrivating enough to make me file them off of any of my newer bikes. I just spin the QR exactly 5 complete turns whenever I remove or replace the front wheel.
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I've never bothered with them. Left untouched.
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I filed them off a couple of older steel and aluminum forks and never had a problem since I know how to use a qr skewer and stick with good internal cam models. However, the manufactures of the carbon forks I have (Easton and Kestrel) are very explicit that removing the tabs voids their warranty so I just put up with them.
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None of my bikes have them, but I'd remove them if I got a bike that did.
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Your poll needs another category: They are not a big deal and were left alone. However I do not have a need to remove my front wheel very often.
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I've seen the potential result of not having them. A rider tried to pop-a-wheelie going over a railroad track and lost his front wheel. It wasn't pretty and he was injured seriously enough to miss a couple months of work.
That's why I do it only to my own bikes. Be advised--if you buy or steal one of my bikes, it' won't have tabs to prevent the front wheel from falling off if the wheel isn't properly fastened.
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Looking over the poll choices I'm thinking you would have a promising career in politics.
Sorry, I don't have a Twitter account...

Far from a scientific poll, doing some carbo loading last night and having a little fun.
Are you saying my choices are a bit skewed???

Yes, I plan on filling down the tabs. Just built up a new frame; first time I've had a fork with and can't stand them. I do plan on keeping them in the kid's bikes though.

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