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    #46
    I'm still fighting the caster hair battle. I did two chairs tonight, which took me about an hour. On the one chair, I had only done it 3 weeks earlier, and it was already a major hairball mess.

    I'm still having the most success with the creme brule torch and needle nose pliers. I'm trying an experiment and have wrapped an elastic cord around the spacers. I'll let you know how it goes....

    I'm a bit angry that someone, against my strict statement not to, tried to do it with a screw driver, and messed up the seal on one of the bearings. It looks like it's time for me to dive into the world of replacing bearings. I'm so grateful for this thread and the video that Toto made about how to do it: Ceramic bearings.
    Last edited by elarson; 11 May 2014, 6:35 PM.
    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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      #47
      I just unbend a paper clip and use that to hook the hair and icky stuff that winds itself around my casters. I can then grab it and pull it the rest of the way out.

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        #48
        Haven't read the whole thread, but since my long hair is responsible for mucking up my Dad's casters, I do most of the cleaning.

        I use a narrow ?utility knife/holder with a thin pointed blade on top. Something like this...

        https://www.google.com/search?q=cutt...ml%3B600%3B600

        I try not to damage the metal, but I likely do. Then I use a forceps/tweezers to remove the cut hair. It doesn't take me very long and I don't do it often (months between cleanings). We keep the floors in his house (hardwood) pretty clean, so that may help. No pets.

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          #49
          Fortunately my dad is willing to pull my casters about once a month and clean the hair out for me. He has done it enough that it doesn't take that long. In fact, if we find the bearings are drying out, where the caters are not spinning as they should, he pops the seal off, sprays them clean with something like WD-40, then blows them dry with an air compressor, and then we re-lube them; the process doesn't take that long.
          C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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            #50
            Because I am an obsitnate person, probably having to do with coming from Chicago and living in Holland, I had to try one more time to figure out how to keep hair out of casters. What I found out is that the elastic cords I tried earlier, definitely worked. I took them off, and all of the hair went with them. That is is not a long term solution, because it was difficult to get them on and off.

            I bought some cable ties from an office supply store. I cut them in half horizontally and twisted them so the Velcro would stick. They appear like they will work. Unfortunately, this picture only shows our bad seal on the bearings, but I think you will get the idea of what I am talking about. I am hoping that this is a solution that I can keep up realistically every month
            Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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              #51
              I'd like to try the yellow covers on these Schmicking casters (shown on the lower left of the first photo), but I can't find anything on the Schmickingwebsite. I'd like to see if I can fit them on FrogLegs Epic Soft Roll casters (2nd photo). Anyone know if they would fit and if they can be ordered separately?

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              Last edited by elarson; 25 Jul 2014, 8:54 AM. Reason: Fixed Schmicking link
              Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                #52
                ^^ Me too.
                C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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                  #53
                  elarson,
                  If you can't get those covers I will get some of the quarter "toy dispensers" that pattherat used for his fix for you and send them to you. Just PM me and let me know if you would like to take me up on this offer.
                  Your Dutch friend in the US.
                  ~Mandy~
                  SCI as a result of spinal surgery
                  TiLite Aero Z!!!

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                    #54
                    That is really sweet of you Curvy. I've never seen those "toy dispensers" here in Holland, but possibly that's because I don't have kids or get out much. I think I'll try to contact Schmicking, who are just the next country over, and see if they don't laugh in my face for wanting to buy only the covers for Frog Legs casters. I wish we could get their casters, but they are bit too rich for us.

                    What I did find interesting is that I have not cleaned out the hair from the casters in a couple of weeks, but the last time I did, I sprayed the crap out of the axles, bearings and spacers with silicone spray. I did that because I did not have time to fix a broken seal on one of the bearings. What I noticed is that they picked up as much hair as ever, but it was super easy to get off because it did not twist so tightly around the spacers. Until I find the "ultimate" solution, I'm going to keep doing this, because it is easy, and I don't see where it can cause any harm.

                    While I was replacing the ball bearings, I started thinking more about things we might have on hand that would work with Pattherat's "toy dispenser" idea (yes, I lead an exciting life!). I went to check lotion, deodorant, toothpaste caps etc. but they were all too high or not the right diameter. While I was going through the cabinets, I got thirsty -- it's Friday night here. That got me to thinking about things we do have enough of, wine and beer caps, and I just thought you might all like to see my failed attempts.

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                    Basically, what I learned is that the material needs to fit perfectly in depth or be a bit flexible like Pattherat's. I think he is absolutely right about this not being rocket science, and manufacturer's need to fix this simple yet time consuming problem. As Pat mentioned, these "dust covers", "dust caps" or "hub guards" are standard in the BMX world.

                    What I notice is that they are all cone shaped, the same as the Schmicking, which must be the trick to keeping the hair from twisting around and around. Why not just make the spacers cone shaped, and the problem is solved!
                    Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                      #55
                      Some conical spacers.
                      Chas
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                      Dual-Axle TR3 with RioMobility DragonFly
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                        #56
                        which one to choose for 5x1.4" caster?
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                          #57
                          We have a ZRA2 with a standard fork and 5″ x 1.4″ Frog Leg Epic Soft Roll Casters. I think our forks is AS110686-ZZRA2 STD FORK ASY,RT-BLK. This is what the parts store lists as the dimensions for the spacer: CP103945 SPACER .316"ID X .438"OD X .364" LONG.

                          I noticed that the TiLite Slipstream Single-Sided Fork has a Caster Cap. I think it is AS110893-ZZR2 MONOFORK 1.5″ CSTR,R,BLACK. It does not give the dimensions, but I wonder if something like this would work also. This is link in the TiLite Parts store: CP104370 SINGLE SIDE CASTER ENDCAP-BLACK.

                          The screws are different, with the standard fork taking HD100331 10-32 THREAD X 3/8″ LONG PAN HEAD PHILLIPS,BLACK ZINC, and the slipstream taking HD10033910-32 THREAD X 5/8″ LONG FLAT HEAD CAP SCREW, BLACK ZINC. I would prefer a flat head hex screw if it is possible that it would fit, because my husband has pretty much flattened and stripped the heads from the Phillips (cross head) screws.

                          TiLite Standard Fork Spacer
                          TiLite Standard Fork Spacer Screw
                          Slipstream Single-Sided Fork Caster Cap
                          Slipstream Single-Sided Fork Screw

                          Originally posted by sowseng View Post
                          which one to choose for 5x1.4" caster?
                          Last edited by elarson; 26 Jul 2014, 2:14 PM. Reason: fixed formatting
                          Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                            #58
                            I switched to FL Unitines and 5x1.4" FL casters 4 years ago, and it has solved my hair problems. I cleaned them about a month ago, and although there is a bunch of crud and dust, almost no hair. When I do pick some up, it is a three minute job to pull out the allen bolt (right photo), clean it up and put it back on - for both wheels.
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                              #59
                              Thanks Chas.

                              I'm having a heck of a time figuring out if any of the dimensions might work based on our fork spacer size: ID .316" (8.026 mm) X OD .438" (11.125mm) X Depth .364" (9.245mm).

                              I would think that the ID and Depth are the most important, as long as it's not bigger than the bearing. The outer diameter of the 608 bearings are 22mm (around SAE 7/8" / 0.875").

                              I really wish the world would just settle on metric and be done with fractional and decimal inches. It drives me crazy, especially when they are intermixed.

                              I also have seen some "tapered spacers" which are even closer to the Schmickings, but again, I've had a hard time figuring out dimensions.

                              If anyone figures out something that works, or that might work, please post it here.

                              Originally posted by chasmengr View Post
                              Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                                #60
                                I'm not sure I entirely understand what you are trying to achieve with the different spacers. Nevertheless….

                                Originally posted by elarson View Post

                                I would think that the ID and Depth are the most important, as long as it's not bigger than the bearing. The outer diameter of the 608 bearings are 22mm (around SAE 7/8" / 0.875").
                                The OD of the spacer is critical in that it cannot contact the outer race or the shield (if applicable). The purpose of the spacer is to create a gap between the fork tine(s) and the rotating portion of the wheel/bearing assembly. The inner race is held stationary by compression on the spacer(s) from the axle bolt. The outer race rotates around the inner race by rolling on the ball bearings. The wheel rotates with the outer race via the press-fit outer contact rim. The tire, wheel, outer bearing race, and the bearing seal/shield all must be free to pivot around the inner race,axle, spacer(s), and tine(s), which are stationary. The size of the lip on the bearing races will vary with the manufacturer, as will the outer shoulder of the shields. But I would estimate the maximum OD for a spacer would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15mm. If the objective is to minimize the hair entanglement, I would think the OD of the spacer should be matched to the OD of the lip on the inner race. They are both stationary. Otherwise, you have created a very narrow gap between the fixed spacer and the rotating seal/shield into which hair could become tightly wound.

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