TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Thru Axle Maintenance

People ask when will I run out of cycling tips. The answer is when I stop riding. Bad things tend to happen to me. Sometimes they are my fault and sometimes not. Fortunately you can learn from my mistakes.
(Here’s a bonus tip: Don’t fly with me. You won’t get there on time and your luggage will be lost.)
I highly recommend that you grease the threads on your thru axles periodically to prevent them from seizing up. Also do not over tighten them. The handle on the DT Swiss thru axle is screwed onto the axle which screws into your bike frame. Bad design. I recently tried to remove my wheel and the handle spun right off, leaving the axle screwed into my bike frame with no way to remove it. A Trek bike mechanic was able to remove it, but it was ugly (vise grips, Allen wrench and a hammer).
DT Swiss has a new design that uses an Allen screw as well as a handle, but I don’t know how they are attached. The fact that they changed the design tells me something.
In Stage 1 of this year’s Tour de France, Pavel Sivakov from Team Inios, got a flat and crashed. His mechanic tried to remove his front wheel with a screw gun and then a wrench, but couldn’t do it. Sivakov finally had to use his back up bike. So it’s not just me.😊
Quote of the week: “Sometimes, when we train, we simply have to go out to meet the man with the hammer.” Laurent Fignon, 2-time TDF winner
Here is an article that explains the topic in more detail:
Stay Safe!
Rick Bunnell
President, TeamCBC