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Cycle computer clamp on carbon fork - potential for damage?(7 posts)

Cycle computer clamp on carbon fork - potential for damage?Eug
Jul 11, 2002 8:45 AM
How much compression can a carbon fork take? Maybe I'm paranoid, but I'm very hesitant to tighten the plastic clamp for my cateye computer too much on my carbon fork. (OCLV fork on Trek 2000).

Plus, how worried should I be about 0.5 mm deep scratches (from something else)? Is that just the paint?
Don't use the clamp!Merckx fan
Jul 11, 2002 11:10 AM
I use silicone adhesive and black pinstriping tape from the auto parts store to attach mine. The tape also holds the wire in place on its way up the fork blade. The whole installation is practically invisible. I checked with the fork manufacturer (Look) and they said the adhesive & tape wouldn't harm the fork.
Are you saying the clamp will damage a carbon fork? (nm)Eug
Jul 11, 2002 11:49 AM
... the clamp won't cause any structural damage...Akirasho
Jul 11, 2002 2:12 PM
A bit of foam under the clamp will help ease the band around the fork leg... and protect the finish.

Virtually all CF forks have a protective clearcoat... if the actual fibers aren't involved... there's little concern from a cosmetic blem.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
No. My way just looks better. :-) (nm)Merckx fan
Jul 11, 2002 3:32 PM
shouldn't be a problem but you can use electrical tape...DINOSAUR
Jul 11, 2002 5:58 PM
I've been using the Cateye Mitty 3 Computer sensor afixed to the cf fork of my Klein going on 2 years. I messed up and broke off the plastic clamp while working on my bike. I used some yellow electrical tape that matches the paint and just taped the sensor on. Works fine and I don't have to worry about the sensor getting out of whack every so once and a while....
re: Cycle computer clamp on carbon fork - potential for damage?aliensporebomb
Jul 15, 2002 10:02 AM
I did something slightly different..

I couldn't get the sensor to mount to the fork without it
brushing against a spoke so I mounted a recumbent version
of a Vetta VT55 on the left seatstay and ran the cable up
the frame to the bar.

Not as elegant as a wireless Flight Deck setup but after
buying two $1k+ bikes and assorted racks, gear and other
crap in the last month, every little bit helps.

My website is at and it's the second
link, "how to install a bike computer...."