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Carbon schmarbon, why do I need a plastic bike?

Old 11-12-18, 09:58 AM
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Carbon schmarbon, why do I need a plastic bike?

No one but a professional racer who needs to shed every milligram available needs to ride a plastique bike. Aluminum is making a comeback. It's all 90% of the carbon fanboy-weight-weenies need.

Tell me I'm wrong.
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You are wrong.

Steel is better.

Besides, it even has carbon atoms in it.
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You're wrong.
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Carbon is Over Rated
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
Carbon is Over Rated
(1) You omitted a hyphen.

(2) If carbon is so over-rated, show me a single life form that is not carbon-based!

(3) If it wasn't for carbon, in addition to not being alive, we wouldn't have steel. Which is real.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
You are wrong.

Steel is better.
Steel should be reserved for beach-cruisers only.
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Old 11-12-18, 10:13 AM
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I want to complement everyone (so far) on not abbreviating Al (aluminum/aluminium) as Alu.
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Originally Posted by Wattsup View Post
Steel should be reserved for beach-cruisers only.
Oh, yeah, well aluminum should be reserved for wiring nursing homes.
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Old 11-12-18, 10:15 AM
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That's "Mr." carbon fanboy-weight-weenie to you!
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How much does your average weenie weigh?
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We are stardust, we are golden.
We are billion year old carbon
And we got to get ourselves back to the Garden.

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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
(1) You omitted a hyphen.

(2) If carbon is so over-rated, show me a single life form that is not carbon-based!

(3) If it wasn't for carbon, in addition to not being alive, we wouldn't have steel. Which is real.
Carbon-based life is also over-rated!
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Old 11-12-18, 10:23 AM
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Officially winter in general cycling!

Carbon fiber is effing awesome because you can lay it up for the perfect balance of compliance and stiffness any where you want it. You can create an amazingly responsive frame, perfectly tuned.

Materials like Aluminum or Steel with a ****geneous material structure are soooo old and restrictive to the imaginations of bicycle designers.

- Signed, the guy who will never give up his 853 LeMond

-- Because am to poor to buy $5k Domane
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Perhaps he is saying carbon is simply not all it is cracked up to be.
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No one ever complained about carbon before the photocopier came along.
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That reminds me....Ti is for the three-D's, dentists, doctors and .....



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Old 11-12-18, 10:31 AM
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Truthfully, no one "needs" carbon or aluminum or titanium or anything else. But the OP sounds like someone trying to rationalize the limitations of their budget.
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Old 11-12-18, 10:35 AM
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Frame material doesn't matter as long as you look good riding it.


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If carbon is awful and aluminum is amazing, why do most aluminum bikes have a carbon fork?

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Originally Posted by EdwinHeadwind View Post
Truthfully, no one "needs" carbon or aluminum or titanium or anything else. But the OP sounds like someone trying to rationalize the limitations of their budget.
Limitations? The Far East is pumping out inexpensive Plastic-fantastics like Toyota Celicas. Carbon is becoming the Volks-bike.
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If carbon is awful and aluminum is amazing, why do most aluminum bikes have a carbon fork?

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Deep thought!

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Deep thought!

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Nearly as deep as my carbon rims.
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