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Old 10-14-10, 09:55 AM
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carbon clydes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-MFrM-ubvA

Anything to do with carbon fiber is interesting to me, why, because 1.5 year ago I bought a carbon fiber bike, in fact the wheels are also carbon fiber.

I thought this was crazy since at that time my arse was extremely fat, it is still a fat ass, but the carbon has held up, amazingly! The Brazilian European team bike mechanic that sold it, looked at me and said "no problemo." Of course he is 6'4" and weighs 165 lbs of heart, lung and legs.

So after 1.5 years, my bike has over 6000 miles on it, my arse has evolved from 315 (hybrid metal bike) to 287 to 235 lbs (carbon), getting old is is a not so wonderful improvement in basal metabolic efficiency , I have gone through tires and chains but that carbon is amazing, even after a couple of crashes.
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What kind of crashes have you been in? I'm new to club carbon, and I'm still not exactly certain how durable the stuff is, or what I absolutely can't do to it. I destroyed a set of CF handlebars, and am babying the frame...

I've got an Athena friend who's been using a bike with a carbon fork for a couple years, though, and only just realized it's carbon. Needless to say, she hasn't been pampering the fork, and it's held her up just fine.
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My Colnago C-50 has between 40k and 50k miles on it. It's been on two team RAAM's where it's been on and off of bike racks more times than I can count by crew members who are in a big hurry. It's been crashed about a half dozen times at speeds over 15mph including t-boning a van at 35-40mph. Carbon handlebars and seatposts are generally not built as robust as frames are so you can't really compare them.
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Originally Posted by Saltybeagle
my bike has over 6000 miles on it, my arse has evolved from 315 (hybrid metal bike) to 287 to 235 lbs .
Meh! Took 13,000 before my aluminum snapped and we all know that carbon explodes way before aluminum! I was 220-235 lbs on this frame.
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I just started riding a Carbon Fiber frame- I did a lot of research on them before I bought one, because I was a little worried about how it would hold up to me. It seems that there is a lot of misinformation out there about CF frames- If I believed half of what I read, I'd be SURE that I was riding on a ticking time bomb that was going to literally explode underneath me.

But, I read many, MANY posts about people having 10's of thousands of miles on CF frames with no problems- Even people in my size and larger. It seems that, with care, just about any frame is going to be fine- It seems that wheels fail FAR sooner than frames.
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I took the carbon fiber seatpost and stem off when I purchased the bike, thomson seat post and deda alu stem, the handlebars are carbon though. Crashes have been wheels catching in ruts in the road on medium speed turns.
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Carbon Fibre or not, heck of an accomplishment in weight reduction.

Well done ..... !
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I'm actually wondering how your carbon wheels have held up over that time and which ones you've been riding?

I ask because I consider myself to be a very good bike handler and a few weeks ago I was doing the Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo and there is a descent after the King's Ridge rest stop that is 800 feet down in just over 1.25 miles. It was the first time I had ever been actually scared on my bike and I was riding / pumping the brakes the entire way down the descent to maintain control (at one point hitting 42mph in between grasps on the brake). It was twisty, turny, not on the best of roads and left me both scared ****less and wanting to do it again all at the same time, though at a lighter weight next year because my fat plummets downhill rather rapidly.

However, I did this descent on wheels with an aluminium brake track. On the same ride last year I was talking to a guy who was brought up to the same rest stop with his arm in a sling. He had been doing the descent on Bontrager Race XXX Lite wheels, full carbon hoops. He had been riding his brakes on the descent and they overheated the carbon rim causing his tire to pop out of track, roll off and he went down, breaking his collarbone. This guy was rather lithe too, couldn't have weighed more than 165 pounds soaking wet.

So knowing that heat dissipation is a problem with carbon wheels (with the possible exception of the new Zipp Firecrest 404 and 808 wheels), I'm wondering how you find your carbon wheels hold up when you do any sort of descents on your bike? I know your location shows you in Florida, but I figure you might have went up into Georgia or the Carolinas and done some climbing and descents on them.

And congrats on the weight loss. Riding sure as heck beats the pants off of running.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. It will give other clydes the courage to get a carbon frame bike. And good on you for loosing so much weight. Was it due to: more riding, less eating or what combonation of each?
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This forum has given me a lot of motivation, especially Tom Stormcrowe Mr. Beanz and many others, the Road forum guys are brutal watch out for them!

The bike was used, 1 year old, came with zipp 303 clinchers, Speaking with the mech he said 303 weight limit was under 200lbs, so I turned the bike down, he called me next day, saying he would put zipp 404 clincher Clydesdale wheels on it once they came back from Spain with the team rider. Rode both the 303 and 404 at 285 lbs on rough road for hundreds of miles with no issues. Have the 404s and also bought some backup wheels just in case, psimets are really great wheels by the way.

Started slowly, many 10 - 20 mile rides increasing speed learning to tune bike, also learning to eat right. Currently ride min 100 miles/week mostly 200/week, group rides Tuesday and Thursday (45 miles @ 18-22 rides), then long range (50-80 @ 16-22, with some group riding) on Saturday and 40 - 45 mile slow ride on Sunday.

Since its getting darker earlier now, have done a few spin classes which are really good for stamina since your mostly off the seat during the class.

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riding, pulling, group riding, strength training with weights, eating while riding, I use EFS gel, don't like to open gu packets, a shot every 15-20 minutes depending on wind and group ride speed, I was bonking towards end of rides.

Hydration with water and electrolyte drink, protein in electrolyte drink on really long rides. On long slower rides, I eat raisins and almonds, not the EFS. Enduralyte and water before ride and at halfway on hot summer days since you sweat buckets.

I use a garmin to track my heart rate, cadence, speed etc and track improvements on garmin connect; for example on a 62 mile ride, 18.2 avg ( only possible for me in a group ride ), burned 4700 calories over 4 hours with a rest stop halfway, ate 400 EFS calories and drank 300 electrolyte calories, then 250 cal post ride drink. Rode 45 miles next day.

A recovery protein drink after a big ride within 30 minutes of ride finish. adjusting bike fit, as I go faster and further new fit issues crop up for me. And lastly I love my "the stick".

Need to refine my caloric intake, so plan on weighing food to get better control of my calories. Splurge once a week with sushi lunch after Saturday ride.

Hate this part: getting old is is a not so wonderful improvement in basal metabolic efficiency

My carbon wheels have aluminum braking rims, the new ones do not.

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Originally Posted by Saltybeagle
I use a garmin to track my heart rate, cadence, speed etc and track improvements on garmin connect; for example on a 62 mile ride, 18.2 avg ( only possible for me in a group ride ), burned 4700 calories over 4 hours with a rest stop halfway, ate 400 EFS calories and drank 300 electrolyte calories, then 250 cal post ride drink. Rode 45 miles next day.
That 4700 calorie number sounds wildly optimistic. If it came directly off the Garmin, without being generated by a power meter, it's probably off by close to 2X...
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