Bearing wear is generally a result of rotations and load in combination. Wear rate increases dramatically as load increases. The life of a wheel bearing can be calculated based on revolutions and load. What’s the result of the math?
– Doubling the load on the wheel bearing reduces the life to one tenth, reducing the load by half increases the life by ten.
– Doubling spin speed reduces life by one half. Reducing speed by one half doubles life. Here is the key tho…
– When the load reduces to zero, the life extends to infinity.

A wheel doesn’t weigh zero however in comparison to a bike and rider, the load and therefore wear on a wheel bearing while spinning in transport is negligible.
Having said that some people just don’t want their wheels spinning on a rack. To cover them we include these rubber bands to hold your brakes when your bike is inverted on our rack – or as a fashion accessory wrist band at your next TDF rave party 🚴🚴🚴🚴
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