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Cracked Road Frame - Can I Still Ride It?

Old 06-18-19, 10:37 AM
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Cracked Road Frame - Can I Still Ride It?

Hey everyone. Cracked my road frame on my chainstay. It's a relatively small crack. I brought it to the bikeshop and some people say I should not ride it and others say I can still cruise around a park with it. I wanted to share an image and video with a closer look and get some opinions from the community here. I plan on buying another frame but I am curious if I should duct tape it and do short rides and or try and get it fixed before I replace it.




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Old 06-18-19, 10:51 AM
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Duct tape? Seriously?

If you are even considering that, then I don't think that I can talk any sense into you.
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Old 06-18-19, 11:04 AM
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That's about the easiest place on a bike to do a carbon repair. Find a local that does it and $200 later you're on the road.

I've done it myself and it isn't that bad. Time consuming to get the sanding and layup looking nice nice though. You can do a faster job that's effective but uglier.

Then again, how much is that frame anyway? If it's a Chinabay kind of thing, is it even worth the time/effort? I did it because it was a pretty nice bike.

But no, do not ride it. Do not tape it to make yourself feel better about riding it. Either have it repaired or bin job it.
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Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will not help hold it together.

Is this the same frame from a year ago???

Cracked Chinese Carbon Frame FM296
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Old 06-18-19, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Duct tape? Seriously?

If you are even considering that, then I don't think that I can talk any sense into you.
Really... Put a couple popcycle sticks on before the tape job.....
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Old 06-18-19, 11:26 AM
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Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will not help hold it together.

Is this the same frame from a year ago???

Cracked Chinese Carbon Frame FM296

Yes it is. Just wanted to get some more insight on it as I thought of using it indoor as a training bike. Plan on ordering a Trek Emonda ALR.
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Old 06-18-19, 12:34 PM
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I'm usually "they built a safety factor into that" kind of guy. BUT, I wouldn't ride that.
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Old 06-18-19, 12:46 PM
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Toss it where it belongs, the trash.
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Adding one more voice to the "trash it" opinion. If you want to use it on a trainer only, then do the ugly fix using a couple full wraps of carbon and epoxy, covering at least a couple inches on either side of the break.
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Old 06-18-19, 02:19 PM
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Bummer- it's been a year and the thing is still cracked.
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Old 06-18-19, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by biketocamp View Post
Yes it is. Just wanted to get some more insight on it as I thought of using it indoor as a training bike. Plan on ordering a Trek Emonda ALR.
slow day of traffic coming to the blog so perhaps promote a youtube vid again?
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Old 06-18-19, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Bummer- it's been a year and the thing is still cracked.
Yeah, the OP posted that video on youtube close to a year ago. One would think it would be sorted out by now.





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Old 06-18-19, 06:10 PM
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That crack looks pretty bad. You're going to need duct tape AND baling wire. Maybe squirt some WD-40 on it while you're at it.
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Old 06-18-19, 06:17 PM
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I think you should crack the other chainstay to balance the load.
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