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Old 02-13-09, 08:57 AM
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Screws in brazons

I recently bought myself a new touring bike, the Cannondale Touring Classic.
The bike comes with Tubus rear carriers and front lowriders.
As I am not using the bike for any major tours at the moment, I have removed all carries.
My question is whether I should leave the little bolts crewed in the brazons or remove them?
Any suggestions? Thanks, Zweibel
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Old 02-13-09, 09:17 AM
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If you want to protect the threads, put them back in, with a little anti seize on the threads.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:05 AM
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I'm not sure this has any basis in reality, but I have always felt that with a steel frame water could enter through the braze-ons and sit in the tubing leading to rust.
The cannondale is aluminum, right? So i don't think this matters much, but wanderer said, it will help to protect the threads i guess.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:28 AM
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I'd leave them in, unless you are a weight weenie. Same reason as above for my steel bikes, to keep water out. And so I know where the bolts are. It's hard to lose them when they are in the frame.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:51 AM
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I've got a Cannondale as well, and I never really leave any bolts in when I'm not using the racks or fenders. Just more pieces of the bike to loosen and fall off. I keep all nuts and bolts for my bike in my tool box.
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I keep my nuts in a sack.
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