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Too Afraid to Ride My Carbon Road Bike

Old 03-27-22, 08:02 PM
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It is somewhat amuising reading about carbon bikes in this section.... I know.. I just as guilty, I recently bought one as I got a great deal on a bike I wanted as it was my size and the discout brought it down to close to the aluminium model I actually wanted but got better groupset.. but when I consider that I am 40lb overweigt then the the extra $$$ that carbon cost over steal of aluminium is a laughing matter... and we have yet t see waht happens to carbon after 30 years... will we have a "Classic Carbon" section one day or will they turn to dust?..

Sorry, a little off subject, but I just have to smile reading about carbon when many here simply want a bike that can take our weight. I'm bottom end of Clydesdale.. soo (I hope) it be "post Clyde.." but I'll stick arround, best section here for real life issues!!
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Just my 2 cents here on a thread several months old - Ride it. Ride it like you stole it, ride it like you want to burn all the weight off. You said you lost 7 lbs in december - assuming you kept something similar up (even being conservative and saying 3-5 lbs a month) you are close. Or should be. I have no room to talk though, I am at worst, 40-50lbs overweight for my carbon frame but that is not stopping me. Something happens to the frame? ride the hell out of the other and once you are under the limit, claim the frame damage happened then, if its under warranty. They would have to prove the damage happened when you were over the weight limit, otherwise they have to (i.e. should and take with a grain of salt) honor the warranty if you bought it new or with warranty. If not, there are carbon repair companies that do great work. At least that's my thoughts. I know others will disagree (as you can see) but if it gets you out and feeling better about yourself, then do it.

That being said, wheels will take the brunt of the damage if anything. But good luck with the goals!
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Old 10-04-22, 01:25 PM
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Practically speaking, are you willing/able to replace the frame with your own funds if you break it before you get down to their limit?

If the answer is yet, ride it like you stole it, and it will help you burn off the lbs.

If the answer is no, then set it aside as an incentive/reward.

I, personally, would just ride it, and avoid 10' drops.
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If you are uneasy about riding the carbon bike, then don't ride it. Do what you are comfortable doing.
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Originally Posted by Grudey1 View Post
I have a 2019 Trek Domane SL5 carbon road bike that, after significant weight gain during a riding hiatus, am now too afraid to ride in fear that I will damage the frame.

I am currently 305 lbs. and working hard to get some weight back off. In July I put smooth tires on my mountain bike and have been averaging 60 miles per week since. I, so badly, want to get back on the Domane but donít want to over-stress it and, potentially ruin it, for when I get back down under 275 lbs. (Trekís weight limit). When I originally purchased the Domane, I also invested an additional $1000 on heavy duty custom-built wheels (DT Swiss, RR 521ís with 32 heave-gauge spokes and hubs meant for bike touring). I am confident in the wheels but, even being a very conscientious rider, I just fear for the frame.

I have registered for a two-day, 150-mile ride in May which I intend to do on the road bike (Texas MS 150). This being said, I feel I should be training on the road bike (at least for my long rides on the weekends).

I am reaching out to the group to gather feedback on whether my concerns are warranted and if my decision to wait is wise, or if I am over-thinking it.
no worries, your domane can handle it with room to spare
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#285 pounds currently but have been over #300 at different times. Been riding a Specialized Roubaix since 2014, bike has been fine but having the right wheels is necessary.
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Originally Posted by RVRBTR View Post
Personally, I would set the carbon bike aside for now. How many pinch flats do you really want to repair? Pick up a nice steel MTB or hybrid from the 90's for $100-200 and go at it. I just converted a lugged steel trek 930 MTB to drop bar, and am getting ready to do the same to a lugged steel Trek 790, which has the same frame as the 520 touring bike. No reason you couldn't do a two day,150 miler on either one.
Good idea, though he has already converted his mountain bike.
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I've avoided carbon frames, but my thick head still thinks that carbon forks and rims are within the realm of possibility.......I might be cruisin' for a bruisin'

I am using them as a reward to motivate myself to continue to work hard and drop weight.
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