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    Stem caps with decorative holes?

    looking at a stem cap and spacer kit for some color and style. The cap has a design feature with small holes or voids cut into it. Seems like dirt and water would find its way into problem areas. Thoughts?

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    yep not running anything for looks, I run them to keep dirt/mud/water out

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    corrosion inside the head tube/steerer is problematic

    I'd keep my acid sweat out of that thing
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    Stem caps with decorative holes?-aehpjw29onw31.jpg

    This is what sweat can do to aluminum.

    Then again, there are options to stuff tools into the steerer. I suppose if there's holes to let stuff in, it also lets water in to rinse it out.
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    Wouldn't water just pass through the middle of the steerer tube? There's probably more of a chance of dirt and water going up from the bottom of the steerer than the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    Wouldn't water just pass through the middle of the steerer tube? There's probably more of a chance of dirt and water going up from the bottom of the steerer than the top.
    This...

    My stem cap is solid, yet when I occasionally stick a cleaning brush up the bottom of the steerer tube, there's more dirt and crap in there than pretty much the rest of the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredcook View Post
    This...
    My stem cap is solid, yet when I occasionally stick a cleaning brush up the bottom of the steerer tube, there's more dirt and crap in there than pretty much the rest of the bike.
    Ya need one of these... lol


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    I shoved a cork inside the bottom of the fork on my CX bike because mud collects in there. LOTS of mud can get crammed in there. I really kinda want a Fork Cork so I could store some tire-fixing stuff in there, but I always find something better to spend my allowance on.

    Stem caps are fun. there are a ton of creative designs etched into them, but I would not want one with holes in it. if your favorite LBS or cycling club has one, that's what I would want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Ya need one of these... lol

    That's funny... thought it might be a joke... but wow, $24 no less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredcook View Post
    That's funny... thought it might be a joke... but wow, $24 no less.
    Yeah, not cheap. If it was $15. I wouldn't hesitate to grab a couple. $30. plus shipping? Damn! Might have to borrow my buddy's lathe or get someone to 3D print one.

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    I have a Deity cross hair cap with cut outs, and I have no issues with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbikeloco View Post
    I have a Deity cross hair cap with cut outs, and I have no issues with it.
    why the hell did you write this ?

    Now I wanna do it and run open holed and sweat into my toob just so i can rock this CURSES !!! where's my wallet
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    Once the headset it tensioned properly and the stem is torqued to manufacturers specifications I remove the top cap and star nut to save weight making the bike faster on the climbs. To keep mud out a piece if tape top and bottom keeps things clean dry and light.

    Plus you can doodle on the tape, write yourself motivational notes.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
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    This is what sweat can do to aluminum.

    Then again, there are options to stuff tools into the steerer. I suppose if there's holes to let stuff in, it also lets water in to rinse it out.
    ya might want to see a doctor about that. Or at least a sweatband/headband with matching wrist bands.

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    Should I be worried?




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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Once the headset it tensioned properly and the stem is torqued to manufacturers specifications I remove the top cap and star nut to save weight making the bike faster on the climbs. To keep mud out a piece if tape top and bottom keeps things clean dry and light.

    Plus you can doodle on the tape, write yourself motivational notes.....
    You might want to see a doctor about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    why the hell did you write this ?

    Now I wanna do it and run open holed and sweat into my toob just so i can rock this CURSES !!! where's my wallet
    Yeah man! Do it!! Plus, I think it helps keep your fork from getting vapor locked...

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    Yep Deity cap is what I'm looking at

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    cashing in my PBR cans now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    Should I be worried?




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    Be very worried... whatever you gained in weight savings, you lost due to disrupted airflow!
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    Stem caps with decorative holes?

    I just won a prize for a Strava challenge. I was so stoked! A major award!

    Turns out it was a stem cap that I can pick up at my local Trek dealer in August.


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