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Join Date: Jun 2003
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The thing is... if you abuse your frame for any reason, then you don't deserve to rely on it.
I have no doubt that the people on this list and elswhere who have spent a fair bit on their touring frames (or bikes overall) take really good care of them as they would anything of value. I don't see CF as being any different -- as someone pointed out to me, they aren't eggs.
A steel bike falling over in a gust of wind can sustain damage as much as a CF or aluminium bike -- ask me how I know.I also don't see why attentive long-distance riding opens a bike to any more risk of damage than careless short-distance riding.
Yes, the repairability issue might come into play. But can any individual please point me to 10 examples of where a person, cycle-touring in a remote location, has had their bike repaired by welding? I've weld-repaired my steel frame, but repairing aluminium is a whole different ballgame -- almost on a par, I would suggest, with CF in its lack of practicality.