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    Alcohol, Chainstay Protector and Carbon Frame

    I put my new Madone on my trainer about a week ago. However I am hitting the chain-stay with shoes every so often. The chain-stay protector that came with the bike was installed maybe a bit too high and is not protecting the chain-stay from the lower side and my hitting the protector is lifting the protector up. So I ordered a new one to install over the old and lower. It says it comes with an alcohol pad to remove dirt grim etc. I have read there is things you can use and not use on carbon, can you use the alcohol pad on Carbon? Also would you recommend removing the old protector first or installing the new over the old. I would think a double thickness though not being double where I need it should not hurt any?
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    I'm assuming you are using clipless pedals. Adjust the cleat in the shoe so that your heel does not hit the chainstay.

    On a new carbon bike I would take the original chainstay protector off if you can lift a corner and just peel it off. If the original protector is transparent (invisible) and I can't get it off then I would lay a new one over top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    I'm assuming you are using clipless pedals. Adjust the cleat in the shoe so that your heel does not hit the chainstay.

    On a new carbon bike I would take the original chainstay protector off if you can lift a corner and just peel it off. If the original protector is transparent (invisible) and I can't get it off then I would lay a new one over top.
    I have a tendency to walk with my toes to the wall. I have adjusted my clips as far as comfortable and I hit it every so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    Adjust the cleat in the shoe so that your heel does not hit the chainstay.
    You realize fit is important right?

    Alcohol is fine on carbon, that is isopropyl alcohol. You can apply it with anything you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    You realize fit is important right?

    Alcohol is fine on carbon, that is isopropyl alcohol. You can apply it with anything you want.
    I did have have an actual fitting done just last week. If I adjust my clips any more then I have a hard time clipping out as I have to travel so far. Which I have trouble with. I don't have any trouble with my left leg just my right one.


    Thanks for answering my question of the alcohol!!!
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