We did it!!! We cracked our frame without going down in a firey crash. She's just barely a year old and we managed to crack her. Why so excited? Cause the whole bike shop where we bought it had to stop business and everyone came to see the Co-Motion with a DEFECTIVE crack in the frame!!! No one has ever seen a cracked Co-Motion frame without being in a crash.
Glad we have a Co-Motion with a lifetime warranty. This shouldn't cost me a dime to fix, we'll see how that warranty holds up.
On several past rides, I've noticed a little 'grease' running down the side of the stoker seat tube. First time I saw I thought maybe I had spilled something on it while servicing the bike. Cleaned it up and moved on. Then I saw the same marking again a couple weeks later. Thought to myself...what the hell am I doing to this bike. It seemed like I would spotted it after I would service the bike (I always wash it at that point too). Then this weekend, we were sitting at the feeding trough after the ride and I spotted the tale-tale lube running down the seat tube. So me and one other rider inspect it and low and behold and crack running horizontal across the seat tubing, across the weld and into the top tube. The crack is about .5" long. You can barely see it but we can tell it's all the way through since there is stuff seeping out of the crack. No one seems to know what the black is coming out other than it might be the seat post grease.
Not sure what Co-Motion is going to do to fix this. I'm assuming they'll be cutting and rewelding in some new tubing. Our LBS told us we could probably get the paint job we always wanted now since they're gonna have to repaint the bike anyway. Not sure if they'll just replace the frame. I'm no bike maker.
They're going to take photos this morning and I'll hopefully get hold of the images and post them here.
We we're signed up to ride our local tandem club's two-day overnight ride this weekend too. It was supposed to be a really cool ride