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is it safe to store carbon fiber bikes outside?

Old 08-21-10, 12:52 PM
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is it safe to store carbon fiber bikes outside?

Hi everyone,

Is it safe to store a carbon fiber bike outside in the element? I live in a small apartment and have no choice but to store it outside the terrace. I have a bike cover for it so it should be protected against the elements. Thanks in advance for helping a newbie.
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Old 08-21-10, 12:55 PM
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This goes around alot and you're going to get accused of trolling if you think the bike will do something bad if it gets hot.

Assuming you're not trying to start a CF flamewar (that would be a bad idea) I'll reply that the frame should be fine. Your drivetrain components will need much more frequent cleaning and attention but that's true regardless of the frame composition.
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Old 08-21-10, 01:58 PM
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My question would be:

When is the weather too extreme to leave bikes outside?

When is hot too hot and cold too cold?

When do humidity levels affect metal parts?

When does extreme cold affect lubricants, tires, etc... on bikes?

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Old 08-21-10, 02:13 PM
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From your description, it doesn't sound safe from theft. Can you elaborate?
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Old 08-21-10, 02:20 PM
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If I used to fit 2 bikes in a dorm room, and then 3 bikes in a small apartment, and now 4 bikes in a condo, then you can make room inside. There's really no excuse.
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Old 08-21-10, 02:30 PM
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No.

You'd better just send it to me. I'll put it in my garage. I have room for just one more.

It is a size 54, right?
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Old 08-21-10, 03:09 PM
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i'm not quite sure on the differences between tubing and body parts/panels on a car in the heat but car parts seem perfectly fine.

if you're really worried about it throw a tarp over it or something.
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Old 08-21-10, 03:12 PM
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Here we go!
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Old 08-21-10, 03:16 PM
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If you live in the US or Canada, I would not. The North American Termite, Isoptera Velocyclistus, is rampant across the continent and dines on carbon fiber for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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I just really hope you live on the 30th floor so the bike is safe from theft outside.
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No problem
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If you leave it outside it will get abducted and probed by aliens. The truth is out there.
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Ha ha ha. There's a lot of comedians here in this forum. I live in California and it would have a lock on it. I live in an apartment where each apartment has their own gate. I think it's protected from thieves. Plus, I have a pretty powerful gun.
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My mother's brothers uncles second cousins babysitter knew someone that left theirs outside and it exploded. Just sayin
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I'm sure it will be fine. Even if it's not, sounds like it's your only option.
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I have to ask... Do you plan on riding it outside?
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Old 08-21-10, 04:19 PM
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What is the cost of the bike? You are not leaving a Cervelo s3 with Campy 15 speed group set and Zipps out there right?
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Originally Posted by lsabado View Post
Ha ha ha. There's a lot of comedians here in this forum. I live in California and it would have a lock on it. I live in an apartment where each apartment has their own gate. I think it's protected from thieves. Plus, I have a pretty powerful gun.
Locks and chains only stop honest people from stealing your bike .
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Originally Posted by JaceK View Post
I have to ask... Do you plan on riding it outside?

thats not the same as leaving it outside. i can use a screwdriver outside everyday and it's fine, but if i leave it outside for a month I'll probably find rust on it.
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Originally Posted by lsabado View Post
Ha ha ha. There's a lot of comedians here in this forum. I live in California and it would have a lock on it. I live in an apartment where each apartment has their own gate. I think it's protected from thieves. Plus, I have a pretty powerful gun.

I have a 7 foot wooden fence surrounding my entire yard and also have many powerful guns in the house. that didn't stop someone from stealing a ragged old walmart bike from a locked shed in my yard a few years ago.
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If you leave it outside it will get abducted and probed by aliens. The truth is out there.
I'm not sure I believe that, but I really want to.
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Originally Posted by lsabado View Post
Plus, I have a pretty powerful gun.
He's already broken the BF kode talk .
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
My question would be:

When is the weather too extreme to leave bikes outside?

When is hot too hot and cold too cold?

When do humidity levels affect metal parts?

When does extreme cold affect lubricants, tires, etc... on bikes?
Tornados, Hurricanes, serious floods
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Originally Posted by Yaniel View Post
I have a 7 foot wooden fence surrounding my entire yard and also have many powerful guns in the house. that didn't stop someone from stealing a ragged old walmart bike from a locked shed in my yard a few years ago.
Yeah, but that's Miami. Thieves in CA are a lot lazier...
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Originally Posted by Yaniel View Post
thats not the same as leaving it outside. i can use a screwdriver outside everyday and it's fine, but if i leave it outside for a month I'll probably find rust on it.
And if you tried riding that screwdriver it would hurt about as much as your analogy.

whether it is used or not, if you do not maintain something it will deteriorate.
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