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Old 02-07-07, 01:13 PM   #1
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carbon fork

On thanksgiving last year I crashed my bike while going around a corner @ 25mph... I blacked out, so I don't know exactly what happened... I had some pretty deep bruises (which only recently healed), and a bad road rash (still have red marks on my arm, wrist and fingers), but I didn't break anything (thank god).

There was some minor damage to the bike.. but I didn't worry about getting it fixed at the time, since the season was over, and thanksgiving was one of the last semi-warm days of the year here in Denver.

So here's my question: we've all heard the warnings about carbon: "Damaged fiber can fail suddenly ...", etc. I have a carbon fork.. I don't think it was damaged, but I don't really know.. Is there anyway I can tell?
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Old 02-07-07, 02:10 PM   #2
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the LBS will be in a better position to determine if it is still useable.
they have the experience and tools(?) to check.
i don't know if you want to risk riding on it by checking it yourself.
you may not want another incident
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Old 02-07-07, 02:25 PM   #3
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I'd just watch it closely, if you don't see any cracks or serious abrasions you're probably OK.

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Old 02-07-07, 03:18 PM   #4
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How good is your insurance? Dental coverage? Buy a new fork.
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Old 02-09-07, 04:56 AM   #5
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How good is your insurance? Dental coverage? Buy a new fork.
that's probably what I'll do... I can afford a new fork.. can't afford another 1000 hospital bill.
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