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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-22-12, 08:09 PM   #1
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Broken headtube... (not mine)

I was at the local performance bike shop, stocking up on some tubes when I saw this in the mechanics area:



How does this even happen? I think it's an Al frame.
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Old 08-22-12, 08:10 PM   #2
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No idea, hope the rider is ok. Maybe the guy hit something straight front, like a wall or something.
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Old 08-22-12, 08:15 PM   #3
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My guess is a garage door and a roof rack were involved.
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No idea, hope the rider is ok. Maybe the guy hit something straight front, like a wall or something.
That's what I was thinking. Maybe a ton of curb hopping weakened the welds and then a large blow, like hitting a wall at low speed or a bump at high speed caused it just to give. Unfortunately, I can't post this picture a lot because it bears a striking resemblance to my Fuji.
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Actually that is likely a frame crack that was warrantied but not yet stripped. To prevent dumpster divers from taking warranty units and restoring them(becoming liable) the companies mandate cut/destroy now... I got one before that policy wave happened.
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How does this even happen?
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Dialed it up...
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Actually that is likely a frame crack that was warrantied but not yet stripped. To prevent dumpster divers from taking warranty units and restoring them(becoming liable) the companies mandate cut/destroy now
That's interesting. So Performance cuts it before they send it back?
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Actually that is likely a frame crack that was warrantied but not yet stripped. To prevent dumpster divers from taking warranty units and restoring them(becoming liable) the companies mandate cut/destroy now... I got one before that policy wave happened.
I doubt they would chop it before stripping the parts from it. That would make headset removal more difficult than it has to be.
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I doubt they would chop it before stripping the parts from it. That would make headset removal more difficult than it has to be.
Dead on detective work there, kudos. So when are you gonna be replacing your Fuji?
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Dead on detective work there, kudos. So when are you gonna be replacing your Fuji?
...my fuji is just fine.

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And this is why I don't ride aluminum frames... they will explode if I look at it wrong (end sarcasm)
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Thank God HIPAA rules dont extend to the mechanics bay
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The rest of the frame/components look to be in good shape. I think the roof rack + garage is a good guess. The bike was probably almost new... or maybe the guy had just taken it home?

It still has the seatpost and wheel reflectors mounted.
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And this is why I don't ride aluminum frames... they will explode if I look at it wrong (end sarcasm)
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i bet that guy returned the bike...
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i bet that guy returned the bike...
And said, this just happened as I was riding along.........
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And said, this just happened as I was riding along.........

i saw a bike today...right side only bartape tear and shifter scuff/scratches, with a broken (snapped) derailleur hanger, and apparently the rear derailleur was also actually bent...it happened when he was justing riding to work.
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