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Don't Hide Dents With Stickers

Old 08-08-10, 03:12 PM
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Don't Hide Dents With Stickers

I had a thread on this about 18 months ago when my frame first got dented. I watched it for a month and did slow bunny hops to make sure everything was fine, then covered the unsightly little dent with a sticker. A few weeks ago, I noticed a slight crease in the sticker but figured it just got smudged when putting it on my trunk rack. Today, that crease was noticeably longer, so I peeled off the sticker just to be sure. Well, I don't know how long it has been brewing, but a crack developed and now goes right through the tube wall and is now about 1/4 of the way around the tube. It sucks to have no frame now, but I'm very fortunate to have caught this before something catastrophic happened.
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Good thing you found it before it broke while riding.
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Is the crack not where the dent was, or were there to dents?
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looks like the sticker was holding everything together, put it back
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i have a dent that i filled in with nail polish and then sanded down until it looked smooth. now i'm worried.
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It was probably a load bearing sticker.
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Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
looks like the sticker was holding everything together, put it back
+1 :LOL:

Sorry to hear this, UK. I don't know how it could have happened as it wasn't carbon fiber (aluminum, right?).

Does this mean you're out of bike now? Good timing, I suppose w/baby. Bad timing with Cool Breeze.
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Weren't you posting about a different bike on the MTB forum?

Now you have two cracked frames?? Ouch!
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Is the crack not where the dent was, or were there to dents?
Two dents. The crack started from the smaller one.


Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
looks like the sticker was holding everything together, put it back
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It was probably a load bearing sticker.
Thanks, I needed the laugh.


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i have a dent that i filled in with nail polish and then sanded down until it looked smooth. now i'm worried.
At least I only had to remove a sticker. Good luck with that.



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Does this mean you're out of bike now? Good timing, I suppose w/baby. Bad timing with Cool Breeze.
Yep, at least until I can convince my wife that riding the mountain bike on the road just isn't an alternative. Not sure if I was in shape for Cool Breeze today anyway. Pooped out at mile 40 on a 45 mile ride today... unless the crack was causing frame flex that tired me out
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Originally Posted by electrik View Post
Weren't you posting about a different bike on the MTB forum?

Now you have two cracked frames?? Ouch!
Yeah, but at least the mtb could be welded for $20. Even after a shock rebuild and frame repair, that mountain bike was put together for a couple hundred.
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Glad it didn't break while riding. That could have done some real damage to you.
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this is the time we all wait for in silence...your frame is dead, time for research!

I predict a massive flow of used bikes as cyclist drool all over the 2011 models about to be put in LBS's
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this is the time we all wait for in silence...your frame is dead, time for research!

I predict a massive flow of used bikes as cyclist drool all over the 2011 models about to be put in LBS's
Ahh, but you don't know my wife's prescribed budget for a new frame. $0
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Originally Posted by jdom View Post
Good thing you found it before it broke while riding.
I'm assuming this is carbon fiber - you're wise to quit riding it. Steel frames can handle dents, but CF frames can't and will fail catastrophically when they do finally fail.
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Ahh, but you don't know my wife's prescribed budget for a new frame. $0
Ouch.
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Pinarello on bonktown right now... what a coincidence!
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UrbanKnight, what size frame are you generally? I may be able to help you out.
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Tough break. (No pun intended).

Your club doesn't have a yahoo or google email group? There's probably a bunch of unused frames sitting in your teammates garages.
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I picked up a frame from a local guy once...

Frame looked great! Noticed the Avid stick on the seat tube...


Then after I peeled it off...




*sigh*
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Originally Posted by ciocc_cat View Post
I'm assuming this is carbon fiber
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I picked up a frame from a local guy once...

Frame looked great! Noticed the Avid stick on the seat tube...

Then after I peeled it off...



*sigh*
Darn, that sucks!
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Phew!
Close call.
Sorry about the frame.
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Originally Posted by ciocc_cat View Post
I'm assuming this is carbon fiber - you're wise to quit riding it. Steel frames can handle dents, but CF frames can't and will fail catastrophically when they do finally fail.
Scandium aluminum. Seems to be middle of the road. Can't handle the dents like steel, but gives you a good warning.


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Pinarello on bonktown right now... what a coincidence!
I think I've seen that frame on bonktown before. Even at 75% off, it costs more than I've spent on any one bike before.


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UrbanKnight, what size frame are you generally? I may be able to help you out.
Thanks! About 54/55, but the more important part is I can't seem to fit on anything steeper than 73.5 STA. I'm trying to talk some sense into the wife, because I just cancelled my gym membership as I stay fit by riding... and we don't want the baby to have a fat dad who will die early, right?
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I picked up a frame from a local guy once...
That actually looks superficial. Was it structural? But yeah, I learned the hard way one something non bike related and now have the rule that if the guy won't remove the stickers for me, I won't buy it.
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