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Old 10-23-20, 03:57 AM
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Thru axle question

I just bought a road bike for my wife with disc brakes and thru axles. https://www.liv-cycling.com/us/avail-advanced-1 2 or 3 times a week I'll be removing the front wheel to transport the bike. Do I need to worry about damaging the threads in the fork or on the thru bolt by removing it this frequently? It's my first time with thru axles so I have no experience with them.

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Old 10-23-20, 05:56 AM
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Given the length of the axle and it’s inherent alignment, it’s almost impossible to cross-thread the axle. There are people who transport their bike for every ride.

be sure to keep it greased for ease of removal and reinsertion.
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Bike shop mechanics and manufacturer sales reps will say no.

Invest in brushes to clean out the thru holes and the axle’s threads and some shop rags to wipe off the rest of the axle and keep them cleaned and greased to extend their useable life as much as possible.

Next question to pose to your dealer’s mechanic- how often to clean & regrease? Every time? When it looks dirty to me? When it looks dirty to my grandfather (every time, pretty much)?
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Thanks for the good advice and easing my mind.

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You should be more concerned with the front brake. Be sure to put a brake shim in the caliper each time you remove the wheel in case you accidentally grab the brake lever while the wheel is not installed. I've also noticed that when a bike is forward facing on a roof rack, sometimes the wind resistance can be enough to push the brake lever in some.
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Thanks , the bike shop gave me a shim for the front brake and I've practiced with it a bit. I actually mount the bikes in the back of the van. I have fork mounts attached to a 1X4.

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Just make sure you torque it back to spec when reinstalling and you will be fine.
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Originally Posted by Tpcorr View Post
Thanks , the bike shop gave me a shim for the front brake and I've practiced with it a bit. I actually mount the bikes in the back of the van. I have fork mounts attached to a 1X4.

Tom
Shimano also has little lever blocks that slide in and prevent gear changes in addition to braking. Not sure if they actually sell them separately, but your LBS might have a bucket of them sitting in the back room.
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Thanks WhyFi. I'll check, nice tip.

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