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Old 11-10-13, 08:17 AM   #1
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Is Carbon at risk 40 - 45 deg F temperatures?

Is carbon more likely to be damaged or fracture in 40 - 45 deg F temps? Might ride with my son today and he has a carbon bike.
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Old 11-10-13, 08:35 AM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it, at least not at 40 degrees. Carbon fiber is used in hockey sticks, skis, and snowboards, as well as other things designed to be in the cold. Carbon fiber is also used on spacecraft, and parts will get to be colder than -100F if its in the shade. (I'll admit, the quality is higher and formulation is different than what you would find on a bike)

Minnesota is a cold state, and perhaps you can have issues when the temp is well below 0 but I know I won't be riding in those temps.

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Old 11-10-13, 08:57 AM   #3
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Look at the new trend of carbon fat bikes, they are doing everything from the iditarod to polar explorations where temps get far below 0 deg. I would not hesitate to ride it in any temp you are willing to go out in.
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CF is not fragile at temperatures you would ordinarily experience in the winter. Have you read something that gives you concern?
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Considering I hardly see any at around 40 and they seem to come out at around 50+ , I'd say it must be so.
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Ridden carbon for years and it was cold enough to freeze my water bottles...never had any trouble ever. Even had some cold weather crashes where bones were broken but the carbon was fine.
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Carbon fiber has very good temperature stability up to about 2000* C if I recall correctly, and as low as about -50 to -100* C. At such cold temperatures I've read of people noticing more flex.
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I haven't seen anything that would cause concern, but since I have only ridden steel, so thought I would ask. Kinda paranoid of new-to-me technology, in the context of damaging something out of ignorance rather than deficiencies of the tech.
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FYI, airplanes are made of carbon fibre. Don't worry about it.
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I've been riding my roadbike for years in sub freezing temps.
It has an aluminum frame but the fork is carbon, no problems.
Now that I got a new carbon framed bike; I wouldn't hesitate to
ride it in below freezing temps.


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