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Old 11-22-07, 02:33 PM   #1
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Its dead! My Colnago rolls off the roof and onto the freeway!

Well guys and girls, its dead and a little part of me too. My newly built up Colnago ( Candy Blue Colnago )
has bit the dust or road. I was able to ride it three times at least I was driving to my GF's house and I loaded it onto the roof rack like I have done with all my other bikes hundreds of times before. I was 3 min down the highway when I heard a clunk, looked in my rear view mirror to see a ball of sparks as it rolled onto the asphalt at 70mph. I cant even begin to describe my reaction. Im still not sure how it came unhooked, but Im never using a rockymounts again! Thank the gods that it was late and no one was in back of me. I recovered it off the highway quickly and took the corpse home. Fork was destroyed, top tube has a big enough dent that it bowed the whole tube. The rear wheel was destroyed along with the saddle. At least the campy drivetrain was spared. Just a little road rash, nothing a little polish couldn't rub out Now Im on the hunt for a new steel frame. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-22-07, 02:38 PM   #2
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Ouch!!!
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Old 11-22-07, 03:01 PM   #3
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my condolences.
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Old 11-22-07, 03:05 PM   #4
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Oh that's just plain awful, - I really feel for you. Nobody likes to see a thing of beauty destroyed or damaged.
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Old 11-22-07, 03:11 PM   #6
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I worry sometimes using the fork mount in the back of my truck, not sure if I could bring myself to use a roof mount. Horror stories like this only confirm that fear. I'm sorry for your loss, good to hear that the group survived though. Every cloud a silver lining as they say.
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I think I would be depressed for days over that . That's an awful thing to have happen.

My husband, on the other hand, would have been impressed by the ball of sparks (he has this thing about scraping metal).

I think I would set aside a period of mourning first, then start looking for an appropriate needy frame to adopt.

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Old 11-22-07, 03:40 PM   #8
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Seconded. Hand-built and snazzy. My Ciocc rides like a dream and I've concluded lately that Colnagos are a tad over-rated.

What a bummer, sorry to hear about your accident.

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Old 11-22-07, 03:50 PM   #9
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That sucks! but remember the story of the Pheonix! out of the ashes.....
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Old 11-22-07, 04:54 PM   #10
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sounds like an art project now. Might I suggest a mailbox stand?
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I would be scarred for life. That is tragic.
Best wishes on finding a nice frame and building it up.
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Old 11-23-07, 12:21 AM   #13
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Mount your ruined frame on a stand and sell it to a modern art museum.

It's worth a try.
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Old 11-23-07, 12:28 AM   #14
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Thats pretty awful

Never liked the roof rack concept. My favorite bike carrying device are the hitch mounted ones that secure the bike by its wheels, like this:

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Old 11-23-07, 01:08 AM   #15
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HOLY CRAP!

I have grandparents that are still cyclists - a year ago they came out to Oregon from Eastern WA, my grandmothers old comfort bike bounced off the back on the freeway - there were too many cars and no room to stop so they left it.

I recommended she replace it with an electra - but that's neither here nor there -

I mention it only because it was horrifying to think - this sucks.
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That's terrible. Although the plug sockets in your first picture look vaguely prophetic.
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Old 11-23-07, 06:35 AM   #17
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damn, and I can remember you posting that you just had it finished and ready to ride...
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Old 11-23-07, 07:49 AM   #18
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In the late 1970s I used to ride Saturday mornings with a coworker who transported his Motobecane Gran Jubilee on the roof of his Alfa Romeo coupe. He lived in a condo complex with underground parking, and you can guess the rest of the story, except that the rack's mounting straps gave way, the roof of the Alfa got scratched up a bit, but the bike was essentially undamaged. Following this wakeup call, he kept the bike in my garage, to avoid a repeat performance.
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Condolences on your loss.

I am in the crowd that sees no benefit to roof racks... But I would have to think like Garp at this point... What is the chance of you losing two bikes from a roof rack?
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Old 11-23-07, 08:22 AM   #20
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Ok, it's been over 12 hours and still no pictures. What gives?








Dude, I feel your pain.
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Terrible!

Try another suit out of the deck? Hearts=DeRosa!

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My condolences, too. Start planning on building the next one - it's about the best mitigation of pain that I can think of.

Now I know why I use an across-the-bed fork mount in my pickup truck for transporting.
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Old 11-23-07, 10:52 AM   #23
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Condolences on your loss.

I am in the crowd that sees no benefit to roof racks... But I would have to think like Garp at this point... What is the chance of you losing two bikes from a roof rack?
I don't care for roof racks myself, and don't use them. However, if your car is too small to allow putting them inside and does not allow for a rear hitch, a roof rack may be your only option.

Personally, I put them all inside my big ol' SUV. Haven't lost on in there in there, and I can carry three at a time - and three more on the hitch rack.

I would be devastated if one of my beloved bikes came off a roof rack and was destroyed, so you have my sincere condolences. However (as many have pointed out), it is an opportunity to build another. I don't know about you, but I like building them more than riding them. Look at the bright side - at least it didn't cause an accident and get people hurt (or killed).
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Hey guys, yeah this has def put me in a bad mood lately. I will post some pics later today when I get the chance. Was kinda busy yesterday
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