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Old 06-01-20, 06:23 AM
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Cannondale on bike rack

Hi all, I have a Cannondale Caad8 2300 and throw it up on my bike rack to swap tires etc.. and someone mentioned that I should be careful on which part of the frame I mount it with. Is this a concern? it's an aluminum frame with carbon forks.

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The caution was intended for the use of a clamp-type repair stand. You do not want to clamp firmly onto the thin frame tubes and do heavy maintenance work as you could damage the tubes. Typically you clamp onto the seatpost. For just hanging the bike while you remove and replace the wheels or do simple things like chain lubing, the rack will be fine.
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Old 06-01-20, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
Hi all, I have a Cannondale Caad8 2300 and throw it up on my bike rack to swap tires etc.. and someone mentioned that I should be careful on which part of the frame I mount it with. Is this a concern? it's an aluminum frame with carbon forks.

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attach to the seat post I had a co op once put may caad5 frame with their clamp on the top tube and left a dent in a near mint bike . Was told by the worker it was already like that so be careful the aluminum is very light sure the newer caad frames are even lighter.
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We see auto transported bike with issues all the time. The most common are paint and cable related. I have seen some frame damage too but that's not the norm. The real concern, besides kinked cables and scratched paint, is a dent or crack from the rack's arms or a second bike's pedals.

I do find it so short sighted when someone spends a few thousand on an uber light bike and then carries it on a really cheap car rack. Andy
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I do find it so short sighted when someone spends a few thousand on an uber light bike and then carries it on a really cheap car rack. Andy
I don't know what's worse - a 2000$ bike on a 30$ rack or a 70$ BSO on a 1000$ rack.
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Good information, will start clamping to the seat post now, thanks. Ridingfool, that must have been frustrating when that happened. I hate when organizations damage products and don't admit to it (happened with my car once).
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Good information, will start clamping to the seat post now, thanks. Ridingfool, that must have been frustrating when that happened. I hate when organizations damage products and don't admit to it (happened with my car once).
I prefer clamping on the top tube if there aren't cables there. I wouldn't clamp a carbon or dropper post in any circumpstance.

I clamp it gently with a rag between the frame and clamp. If I have to do something that requires a significant amount of force (eg. removing a bottom bracket, cracks, pedals, etc) I do it with the bike on the floor. Never on the stand.

The stand is nice to adjust gears, change pads, bleed brakes, whatever thing requires to remove wheels, etc...
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I prefer clamping on the top tube if there aren't cables there. I wouldn't clamp a carbon or dropper post in any circumpstance.
I've almost always heard the seat post advice for a carbon frame, and I did that while building mine up, but it honestly 'felt' really awkward. The stresses it was creating on the post and insertion area seemed like they would be worse than the other alternatives, but what do I know?

Totally agree about taking any bike off the stand for work that requires considerable force/torque.
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