what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

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what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby RickH » 8 Oct 2019, 3:35pm

I was considering getting some of those spaces that you fasten in the dropouts to brace the frame/forks when transporting a bike with the wheels out. I remember seeing one with captive disc pad spacers but have no idea what it would be called which is kind of hampering my search.

Alternatively I could just bodge something with a pair of hollow axles & cones. I've got one loose spacer so just need source another.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby landsurfer » 8 Oct 2019, 3:44pm

My bill of materials;

X 2 pieces of wood cut to size
x 2 woodscrews
x 2 washers.


works for me .. :D
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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby soapbox » 8 Oct 2019, 4:46pm

Local bike shop? They throw them away for fun. A bit of plastic or card works for disc brake pads when I transport my mountain bike with the wheels out.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby KM2 » 8 Oct 2019, 4:47pm

Try chain holder

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby mattsccm » 8 Oct 2019, 5:25pm

I have the plastic things but a hub works better.At the back a large sprocket keeps the chain tidy as well.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby deliquium » 8 Oct 2019, 5:26pm

landsurfer wrote:My bill of materials;

X 2 pieces of wood cut to size
x 2 woodscrews
x 2 washers.


works for me .. :D


+1

and they don't fall out like the plastic ones that new bikes come packaged with, when the courier chucks the box about a bit :wink:
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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby Brucey » 8 Oct 2019, 9:35pm

I've made spacers using wood and woodscrews etc many times. But FWIW you can secure even a loose fitting spacer (esp at the rear) by using a couple of elastic bands. At the front a loose spacer can also be secured using a long elastic band; it just needs a few twists in it, in strategic places. Bike shops (if you ask them nicely) tend to have suitable spacers, which often come with new bikes.

For disc brakes you can get special spacers which keep the pads apart, but TBH a piece of folded card (and an elastic band if necessary) work just as well, and you are not going lose any sleep if they go missing.

BTW you can make suitable elastic bands by cutting up old inner tubes. You can make a long one by looping several smaller ones together, and/or by cutting the tube at an angle.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby iandriver » 8 Oct 2019, 9:51pm

I just use a piece of pipe and the skewer.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby Airsporter1st » 9 Oct 2019, 5:37am

They are called “bicycle frame transport spacers” or similar.

See below. Note that this particular vendor includes a spacer for the front fork in the price.

https://www.condorcycles.com/products/c ... ame-spacer

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby Mick F » 9 Oct 2019, 8:34am

iandriver wrote:I just use a piece of pipe and the skewer.
Me too.
I've used some plastic conduit too.
I also have spare skewers.

Cut to length and skewer it.
Front and/or rear. Once made, no tools required.
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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby reohn2 » 9 Oct 2019, 8:57am

Rick
Plastic overflow pipe with a QR skewer has worked for me many times,I have plenty and could cut a couple of pieces to length (100mm and 135MM?).You could pick them up next time you're passing,just let me know when if they're what you want.
I'd be inclined to use a peice of cardboard or plastic held in the caliper with either an elastic band or reusabable ziptie.
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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby JohnW » 9 Oct 2019, 12:03pm

I use a clapped-out old hub.
Costs nothing and adjustable to the exact width required.

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Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Postby RickH » 9 Oct 2019, 2:30pm

reohn2 wrote:Rick
Plastic overflow pipe with a QR skewer has worked for me many times,I have plenty and could cut a couple of pieces to length (100mm and 135MM?).You could pick them up next time you're passing,just let me know when if they're what you want.
I'd be inclined to use a peice of cardboard or plastic held in the caliper with either an elastic band or reusabable ziptie.

Thanks for your offer. I've got plenty of plastic water pipe, I wasn't sure it was rigid enough to use for the purpose (although bending would be limited by the skewer down the middle). We must meet up for a ride again before too long.

Thanks for everyone else's contributions too.

I should be able to sort something out now. And having something to Google meant I've seen that there are all sorts of variations of ready made things out there (although the majority seem to be aimed at holding the chain rather than bracing the frame).