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    How much plastic is on your bike?

    aka nylon; aka carbon fiber. I ordered a Cane Creek head set and it arrived with some of these nylon spacers (4, and all top spacers). I also have some of the aluminium Interlok spacers, but they're kinda cool. Okay, I know these nylon spacers will probably work and are lighter than the aluminium, but really; could you use these on your bike? It's like using a nylon top cap; sure you only need it to set the pre-load, but why would you use plastic, when you can have aluminium? Okay, I do have a carbon fiber seatpost, but it came with the bike and, woah, it's over 15 years old. Is that bad?
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    AFAIK those are especially for anyone that has had their HS spacers creak, supposedly the interlocking design is supposed to stop if from happening. Ive never used them though. I do have carpet fibre spacers on several bikes and never had a problem.

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    only plastic on my bike is the main body of my seat, couple pieces on my calipers and spacers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    aka nylon; aka carbon fiber. I ordered a Cane Creek head set and it arrived with some of these nylon spacers (4, and all top spacers). I also have some of the aluminium Interlok spacers, but they're kinda cool. Okay, I know these nylon spacers will probably work and are lighter than the aluminium, but really; could you use these on your bike? It's like using a nylon top cap; sure you only need it to set the pre-load, but why would you use plastic, when you can have aluminium? Okay, I do have a carbon fiber seatpost, but it came with the bike and, woah, it's over 15 years old. Is that bad?
    Same POS plastic junk spacers came with my Cane Creek S8 headset last Spring....I used some nice black ano aluminum spacers cause I don't trust that plastic crap! I was surprised that a nicer headset came with such crap!

    Quote Originally Posted by CDtofer
    AFAIK those are especially for anyone that has had their HS spacers creak, supposedly the interlocking design is supposed to stop if from happening. Ive never used them though. I do have carpet fibre spacers on several bikes and never had a problem.
    WTF is "carpet fibre"??? I think you mean carbon fiber....
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    I have a waterbottle on my bike, it's plastic. I'm sure there's some plastic in my brake hoses. It's muddy here in Orygun in the winter so I put fenders on my bike... they're plastic. My bike's saddle has some plastic parts. Beyond this, I've got some rubber parts, too, like grips, tubes & tires.

    Personally I think what needs to be metal ought to be metal, but plastic can serve a purpose wherever it does the job well.

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    P.S. I have bikes with aluminum headset spacers and one with carpet fiber spacers.
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    My entire bike was purchsed with plastic!

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    i was gonna say absolutley none!
    and then i remembered about my computer and stupid tensioner jockey wheel(soon to be gone!) oh yea and cable housing. damn.
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    Thinking about that in detail...

    Brake Cable Housing/liner has plastic in it.
    Saddle has a plastic base and some fake leather (pleather)
    Plastic in the tape on my rims (under the Stans strip)
    Plastic adjusting knobs on the calipers.
    Plastic "seals" on my headset cups
    Plastic "seals" in the external BB Cups and the plastic cap that tightens the non-drive arm.
    Plastic Zip ties holding the brake lines in place.
    Plastic bar-end plugs and electrical tape holding the wrap down on my J-Bars
    Nylon bushings in the QR skewers.
    Everything else is rubber, steel, aluminum, brass or cork. If I had a multi-speed bike it would have a bit more plastic in the derailluers and shifter assemblies. It's everywhere!!!
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    Well...my brake levers are carbon fiber but I sort of wish they weren't.

    Throw the plastic headset spacers away and use real ones.

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    Nothing wrong with plastic. Use the right material for the job

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    My previous bike came stock with those plastic Cane Creek spacers and I used them for a while with absolutely no problems. Definitely not "POS". That kind of plastic should be way more than strong enough under compression like a headset spacer is. I went with CF spacers when I built up my Inbred just because they look cooler

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    those spacers are not approved for use with rigid forks
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    my plastic:
    Spoke protector
    Reflectors
    Tassels
    Kickstand scuff guard
    Basket handlebar clip
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    my plastic:
    Spoke protector
    Reflectors
    Tassels
    Kickstand scuff guard
    Basket handlebar clip
    Your running a spoke protector on a SS????
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    haha whoops!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    Your running a spoke protector on a SS????
    As well as tassels, a basket, and a kickstand. But apparently that ain't so alarming as the chain protector.
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