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    I just bought my first carbon bike. what do i need to know?

    I'm not 100% sure that im posting on the correct page but here it is anyway. I just finished (almost) building up my first carbon bike. Its a Litespeed Archon C2


    I've never had a carbon bike before. my last bike was a CAAD9 that i rode in some of the worst weather. I keep my bike clean, but I ride in the rain on a regular basis. Is there anything I need to know? thanks.

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    Nope.

    There is no 'special' maint you need to do that is different than a steel bike or an AL bike.
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    hks85, Always use a torque wrench and no, it won't self destruct with just a stern look.

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    Buy a torque wrench. And if your bike has no Deda Dog Fang, get one in the right size.
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    Sweet ass bike! +1 on the torque wrench of wrenching. Nothing different in regards to paint or anything. If anything, you can worry less about rust.
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    Ride in the rain? I cannot figure out where you put the Mudguards on one of those..
    dog fang may not fit an odd shaped seat tube,
    but since dropped chains do very Ugly things to Carbon Frames..
    there are alternative devices, to serve the same function.
    they go on the same bolt that holds the Front derailleur on that 'braze on' mount.
    j-tek makes another type , installing the external bearing
    on the right side holds it on.
    an example:
    http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/kchca.html

    Oh, and Don't Crash ..
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    i gots a torque wrench. everything is torqued to spec.

    thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    Buy a torque wrench. And if your bike has no Deda Dog Fang, get one in the right size.
    And where should he put it, given that there is not compatible spot on the seattube of that frame.
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    as above, thats where you put it, on the front derailleur mounting bolt,
    Pro Race teams fit these on their guys bikes, even when not banging over the French Cobbles on the road to Roubaix.
    http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/kchca.html
    another source they throw in a bracket not needed for the OP's bike.
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/components/chain-guides-bash-guards.453.htmlhtt
    Last edited by fietsbob; 01-10-11 at 03:21 PM.

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    Dong *** won't fit. K-edge that mounts to FD mtg bolt works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    as above, thats where you put it, on the front derailleur mounting bolt,
    Pro Race teams fit these on their guys bikes, even when not banging over the French Cobbles on the road to Roubaix.
    http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/kchca.html
    another source they throw in a bracket not needed for the OP's bike.
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/components/chain-guides-bash-guards.453.htmlhtt
    Uh no?

    Do you even know what a deda dog fang looks like? I'm really tired of people telling me i'm wrong when they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.

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    i have no idea what you are talking about

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    I checked youtube for, "Deda Dog Fang" and I found this very reliant info!
    still not 100% sure what a Deda Dog Fang is. im guessing it catches the chain if it calls off the chaining?

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Uh no?

    Do you even know what a deda dog fang looks like? I'm really tired of people telling me i'm wrong when they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.t

    C'mon operator, take a deep breath. Of course, he can't fit a Deda Dog Fang on that frame, but the type that hangs from the derailleur suffices. Like the one referenced above by fietsbob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Ride in the rain? I cannot figure out where you put the Mudguards on one of those..
    ..
    Funny you should ask. VeloNews just did a write-up on a set of mudguards named "Roadracer Mk 2" by a UK company called "Crud Products" that are made to fit road bikes with close clearances. Their criteria is; "if you can get a 4 mm allen wrench between the top of the tire and the frame or fork crown they will fit." Here is their web site: www.crudproducts.com Their US distribution is pretty sparse but they are available from some UK dealers. Amazon does show them but as out-of-stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hks85 View Post
    still not 100% sure what a Deda Dog Fang is. im guessing it catches the chain if it calls off the chaining?
    Yes, the products that have been mentioned serve to prevent a chain from falling off the inner chainring, which could scratch the carbon fiber at the bottom bracket or seat tube. On a non-carbon bike, while such a device is nice, it's not as necessary as a slipped chain is much less likely to cause significant damage to steel and aluminum.

    As has been stated the Dog Fang itself won't work because of the shape of your seat tube, but there are other products that have been mentioned that attach at different places that would work.
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    Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.

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    I just bought my first carbon bike. what do i need to know?
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    The Dog Fang should work fine ...
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    i see... if its good enough for a race team its good enough for me. thats what they say right? haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Funny you should ask. VeloNews just did a write-up on a set of mudguards named "Roadracer Mk 2" by a UK company called "Crud Products" that are made to fit road bikes with close clearances. Their criteria is; "if you can get a 4 mm allen wrench between the top of the tire and the frame or fork crown they will fit." Here is their web site: www.crudproducts.com Their US distribution is pretty sparse but they are available from some UK dealers. Amazon does show them but as out-of-stock.
    I have seen those and installed them. They are very fragile and *barely* cover the a 23c tyre. You'd be better off spending a bit more time customizing a set of SKS P35's instead.
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    You might want to observe any contact between front brake barrel adjuster locknut and the downtube, I've seen a pointy, star-shaped lock nut poke a hole thru a nice carbon frame, what a shame!

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    thanks all,
    I slipped my chain on my first ride. to my amazement, i was able to get the chain back on without stopping or even touching the chain with my fingers. Ill never own a bike again without one of these.

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