I've just scratched my stantions….
i woold do the nail varnish trick
FWIW my kids did this to my brand new Pikes scrapping them down a metal washing line post
3 years on and never seen any signs of dirt or damage to seals when i service them
It is sufficient I would have expected something bad to happen
Remember the hand is incredibly sensitive to what is in reality only a very small mark that is unlikely to trap dirt,stones, dust or mud to any real degreePosted 4 years agofranksinatraSubscriber
100% ruined. Can not be safely ridden again, you will fall off land on your face and die to death.
Luckily for you I am happy to safely dispose of them before a baby robins face comes to any harm. Just post them to me and then you will be able to sleep safely.Posted 4 years agoalexonabikeSubscriber
but I gave my forks a huge gash (3mm long, 1mm wide, 1/2mm deep) three years ago in the alps. A quick rub down with wet and dry (some that i found in the foot well of my car) and a blob of nail varnish (not mine) and there has been no leaking or damage to the seals. Regular lowers services show no signs of crap getting below either.
Have faith.Posted 4 years ago
toxicsoks – Member
…………….something else to stress about, eh?
Yes! Look at the state of it…
<img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/9601011920_ff40476968.jpg” width=”375″ height=”500″ alt=”Untitled”>jamesoSubscriber
Araldite can be better than nail varnish ime (damaged 3 stanchions over the years), but less room for error, don’t leave much to smooth off otherwise you risk making it worse over a larger area. That’s a pretty minor mark, I’d leave it for now and only worry if it damages the seal over time.Posted 4 years agocardoSubscriber
OP I think I need to get my eyes tested… what damage where?… couple of years ago some numpty dropped his bike against mine queueing to get onto a lift, it left a chip in the stanchion… after 2 years no ill effects at all no leaks or contamination.. as above have said .. it will be fine mate…Posted 4 years ago
crikey – Member
I don’t like adding to your crisis, but that Velcro strapping holding the mudguard on is going to gently wear out the coating on the front of the fork stanchion when it gets muddy, and you’ll not notice until it’s far too late…
By the time that happens, I’ll be riding an SB75. Maybe.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@Kryton you’ll have to post a picture with the area of damage highlighted – I cannot see anything !
I’ve put various small scratches on my forks over 6 years worth of crashes and bike falling over plus a larger gash in a sadly brand new rear shock during air transport – I’ve suffered no ill effects, IME the seals seem to deal with this sort of stuffPosted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
That’s nothing to worry about. Really. It’s like a spot, the more you rub or fiddle with it the worse it’s likely to get. Wet and dry can go through a thin coating fast so if you’ve not done it before, avoid that cold-sweat oh-sht moment when you realise you can’t put back what you’ve just ‘smoothed’ off… Don’t rub the area with wet and dry if there’s no burrs (looks like a chip with no raised edges to me), just keep an eye on it and fill it with epoxy resin or something similarly hard, carefully, if it leaks oil.Posted 4 years ago
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