Hey Guys and Gals, my buddy managed to ding his CAAD8 R1000 Cannondale top tube pretty well. Its about a third of the way back from the head tube on top. (pics below) Has anyone ever had luck pulling a dent? I know you can do it with automobiles with a suction cup type thing. Would that work here?
Also, should he be worried safety-wise? I know caad8 is pretty thin, but this doesn't seem all too bad. He has ridden it like this for a short while with no ill effect so far.
Thanks alot in advance!
Last edited by jerrymcdougal; 03-29-07 at 11:15 AM.
Aluminum is a material that doesn't like damage of any kind. It can develope stress risers that can form stress fractures. If the bike was steel even the new lighter variety you could ride the bike until it turned to rust. Aluminum and Carbon are materials that when you damage the tubing it is a matter of catastophic failure being a possibility without ever seeing it coming. Have your friend call the dentist he frequents and ask about tooth replacement costs...include the cost of a trip to the emergency room (check the deductable). A simple balance sheet will do.