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Old 02-25-14, 08:37 PM   #1
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Is this a crack in my brand new frame!!!

I have only had my bianchi for like 3 weeks... logged about 100 miles in 3 rides. I just noticed this today I hope it is a scratch b/c you can feel it, and i know it was not there before, so i must of done it riding. This is on my rear non drive side seat stay... just a inch under my brake pad. the zoom works really well on photo bucket.
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Old 02-25-14, 08:47 PM   #2
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It doesn't seem to have crack like features to it, but photos aren't always the best way to tell so take it into the shop where you bought it and have them look at, I wouldn't ride it till you know. It looks more like the paint the is peeling or cracked.
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There's no way we can tell from a photo better than you can right there, but as they tell new doctors "when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras".

Odds greatly favor a scratch over a crack. If it helps you to sleep better, I can say that orientation isn't how a typical crack would appear.

So, I guess congratulations are in order. You've baptized your bike with it's first scratch. I've always considered that an important rite of passage, since now you can stop worrying and ride the bike.
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Old 02-25-14, 08:51 PM   #4
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If its a 54cm frame, send it to me, I will give it a full inspection and if its cracked, I will find a way to dispose of it so you don't hurt yourself!

I don't see anything, those pictures show nothing... except what looks like a scuff mark or something.
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Old 02-25-14, 08:52 PM   #5
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It doesn't seem to have crack like features to it, but photos aren't always the best way to tell so take it into the shop where you bought it and have them look at, I wouldn't ride it till you know. It looks more like the paint the is peeling or cracked.
This is my first bike build I just bought it from Comp cyclist... I know it was mint when I got it so this must of happened while riding this weekend.
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Old 02-25-14, 08:56 PM   #6
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that doesnt look like any crack i have ever seen
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Old 02-25-14, 08:57 PM   #7
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There's no way we can tell from a photo better than you can right there, but as they tell new doctors "when you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras".

Odds greatly favor a scratch over a crack. If it helps you to sleep better, I can say that orientation isn't how a typical crack would appear.

So, I guess congratulations are in order. You've baptized your bike with it's first scratch. I've always considered that an important rite of passage, since now you can stop worrying and ride the bike.
Haha thanks! I just can not see how i scratched it in that particular spot.
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Get some auto paint polish or cleaner wax. Not wax, polish or cleaner wax. These have mild abrasives and will remove or reduce the blemish.

Take a bit and rub the mark, chances are it will rub off.
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Get some auto paint polish or cleaner wax. Not wax, polish or cleaner wax. These have mild abrasives and will remove or reduce the blemish.

Take a bit and rub the mark, chances are it will rub off.
If he restores it pristine condition, he'll have to worry about getting the first scratch all over again. It's been my experience that people that people enjoy their bikes more when they stop worrying about them.

Or he can subscribe to eastern philosophy where a blemish is desirable because perfection is an insult to the gods.
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Old 02-25-14, 09:22 PM   #10
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If he restores it pristine condition, he'll have to worry about getting the first scratch all over again. It's been my experience that people that people enjoy their bikes more when they stop worrying about them.
+1 I enjoy my bikes... and really love keeping them clean and as nice as possible. But those nicks and dings are also a part of cycling. I touch up what damage I can. Other imperfections I Just accept as the signs of wear that they are.
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That'll buff right out.
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If he restores it pristine condition, he'll have to worry about getting the first scratch all over again. It's been my experience that people that people enjoy their bikes more when they stop worrying about them.

Or he can subscribe to eastern philosophy where a blemish is desirable because perfection is an insult to the gods.
He can clean up the mark and the scratch will still be there. Just not visible without really looking. So he'll get the best of both worlds, pretty bike and no worries because there's still not a perfect finish!
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He can clean up the mark and the scratch will still be there. Just not visible without really looking. So he'll get the best of both worlds, pretty bike and no worries because there's still not a perfect finish!
As you know, my comments were somewhat tongue in cheek. There were enough other people offering practical advice, and once I helped rule out a serious issue (crack?) I figured I could cheer the OP with a different way of looking at things.

However, I've never been a believer in pristine bikes. The culture was different when I came into the sport, and bikes that had the well ridden look commanded respect. The only people that were concerned about keeping their bikes beautiful were those in the bike-of-the-month-club (as we called it) who could always be found in the park sitting on benches admiring and talking about each other's bikes. We'd wave hello as we rode by.

Besides after all these years, I don't think I could stand to own a bike that was less beat up, bruised and scared than I am.
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Old 02-26-14, 04:11 PM   #14
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However, I've never been a believer in pristine bikes. The culture was different when I came into the sport, and bikes that had the well ridden look commanded respect. The only people that were concerned about keeping their bikes beautiful were those in the bike-of-the-month-club (as we called it) who could always be found in the park sitting on benches admiring and talking about each other's bikes. We'd wave hello as we rode by.
That was one of those lessons I learned as a kid too. You don't need to worry about someone who has expensive gear. The person to worry is someone who has expensive gear that looks like its been heavily used.

Also, you have my sympathies. I've got a nice scratch on my front fork from loading the bike into the car. I'm trying my hardest to ignore it, but the Celeste is such a pretty bike that its hard to ignore
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some bumps and bruises, i have found, can be successfully ignored, while others can't. for instance, the one serving as the subject of this thread i could easily ignore. OTOH, i dropped my socket wrench on the gas tank of my motorcycle and left a dent in it. EVERYTIME i got on the bike i was painfully reminded of my impatience and lack of coordination. i knew better than to leave that tank unprotected when i had a heavy object in my hands.

it was a blessed day when the motorcycle was eventually repainted, and i had the painter fill that damned dent. now, it's gone, but apparently, not forgotten...
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Old 02-28-14, 09:36 AM   #16
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Pretty sure it's not a crack, but here's something all plastic bike owners should know: if suspicious of damage, take a quarter and tap the area around the suspected crack with the edge of the coin. Intact areas sound sharp and bright, but damaged areas sound dull and softer.
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Old 02-28-14, 09:46 AM   #17
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I have a Bianchi Infinito. While I love my bike, I have heard/read stories of cracks in the seatstay and chainstay tubes. Have it checked at a dealer.

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Old 03-02-14, 07:52 PM   #18
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The only way to know certainly if the thing is a crack is or take x-rays or sand the paint all the way down to the carbon. IMO is not a crack, because due to the position of the crack the bike should be creaking badly and looks like the OP doenst have that problem.
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after opening the full pic from photobucket, it's clearly a scratch/smudge.
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