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How Long Do I have?

Old 09-09-15, 07:27 PM
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How Long Do I have?

I'm currently riding on a carbon fork made in 2003 with 700x23 clinchers. How long do I have before I hit a small bump in the road, pinch flat, and sheer my fork in half? I know I'm just living on borrowed time as it is. I'm worried I should hang up the ol' Fuji for wall art.
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I can custom a fabricate a fork for you made of Grade 60 reinforcing bars. That really is the only way to go.
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Switching to tubeless tires will eliminate the possibility of pinch flats and could extend the usable life of your fork by 3 to 6 months.
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Switching to tubeless tires will eliminate the possibility of pinch flats and could extend the usable life of your fork by 3 to 6 months.
What about disc brakes?
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Just start waving at other people when you ride, the good karma will save the bike. Chinese carbon clinchers might also help.
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What about disc brakes?
I'd need to replace the fork to get those. Know any good steel disc compatible forks with a 1" steerer?
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If you have to "worry" about any major bicycle component, then it's time to ride a Huffy and forget the worry while you sacrifice face with your cycling friends and all them kilograms.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
I'd need to replace the fork to get those. Know any good steel disc compatible forks with a 1" steerer?
1" is a No. 8 bar, I'll get started on that fork.
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
I'm currently riding on a carbon fork made in 2003 with 700x23 clinchers. How long do I have before I hit a small bump in the road, pinch flat, and sheer my fork in half? I know I'm just living on borrowed time as it is. I'm worried I should hang up the ol' Fuji for wall art.

Not long.
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What about disc brakes?
Only if you paint the calipers, you know, like on sports cars.
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Fuji? Uh oh
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Wider tires and lower air pressure. You'll be fine.
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I'm also concerned that with the toe overlap that my bike has I will be turning and the wheel will hit my foot and cause the fork to explode.
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It's really only a problem with older Trek forks. This guy was just riding along and SNAP. I looked the whole picture over and see no reason why the fork would fail....
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Holy crap. I actually did hit a squirrel two rides ago. Now I really am worried!
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Holy crap. I actually did hit a squirrel two rides ago. Now I really am worried!
If that scares you, dont watch this....

Cyclist hits debris and flips over his handlebar | Daily Mail Online
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Holy crap. I actually did hit a squirrel two rides ago. Now I really am worried!
You'll regret hitting a squirrel. They can hold a grudge.

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You'll regret hitting a squirrel. They can hold a grudge.
As much as you might be joking, my dog once chased a squirrel up a tree in our old neighborhood, and every time I walked the dog in that area for some time after that, a squirrel (I believe the same one) would chatter at us from up in a a tree and throw pinecones as we passed.
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It's really only a problem with older Trek forks. This guy was just riding along and SNAP. I looked the whole picture over and see no reason why the fork would fail....
See, a 48-spoke wheel and the squirrel never would have made it in far enough to be a problem.
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Not long.
You can't fool me, I'm almost certain that's not a fork.
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I'm also concerned that with the toe overlap that my bike has I will be turning and the wheel will hit my foot and cause the fork to explode.
ASPLODE! ASPLODE! ASPLODE! Dammit, it's like you don't even pay attention.
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It has already broken. This thread is just a dream, your fork broke last week and you crashed. Sorry.
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