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Old 05-21-07, 11:54 AM   #1
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questions about working on carbon

greetings. i just purchased my first full on carbon bike (colnago c-50/campy record carbon) and am looking for advice about what tools and techniques i need for working on this stuff. unfortunately living at lake tahoe means the lbs is more familiar with mountain bike stuff and i don't know of anyone i would trust with carbon road bikes. besides i like doing most stuff myself. i figure i need a special torque wrench for tightening bolts, any favorites? also, my park tools stand uses a frame clamp that i've always used by clamping the top tube on my steel bike. is clamping the frame a no-no for carbon? what bike stands address this problem?
thanks for any advice in advance!
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Old 05-21-07, 12:08 PM   #2
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Use that torque wrench! Beam style never go out of calibration, but they are a little more difficult to use at times (lining up eyesight). Clamp your seat post rather than the top tube - it's a lot cheaper if something goes wrong. The guys at my LBS often just hang bikes on top of the clamp by the nose of the saddle; seems to work for them.

And welcome to BF. This subforum is usually pretty friendly. If you visit Road or SS/FG (or the more political ones) you can find more trolling and flame wars. But post pics of yours in Road. Enjoy!
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