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Battle Scars on my Baby

Old 08-04-14, 07:25 AM
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Battle Scars on my Baby

So I ended up scratching my super six alot quicker than expected

Over the weekend, I went with a friend to ride a bike trail. At one point on the trail we could have either called it a day or continue on. My friend wanted to continue on. 3 miles down, the trails ends. So we were faced with a dilemma. We could go back or according to my friends gps, we could trudge on like 200 feet and not only would there we a trail but it would pop us out 2 miles from our house. The 200 feet though were all large rocks next to a stream so we would have to carry our bikes.

My friend wanted to take the risk. Next thing you know we were trudging through effing rocks and stream for 2 miles and then hiking uphill while holding our bikes. Unfortunately I incurred a lot of scratches from little branches whiplashing my bike. Im kind of depressed tbh

Not only that, I learned that day I absolutely hate my black bbq matte finish. It not only shows scratches easier it is absolutely terrible to clean. I got home and washed it and it ended up having all these ugly water streaks (might be more attributed to my poor form in cleaning) and more scuffs than I thought it would have. My rims were also pretty scuffed and dirty from having to brake with dirt and grit on my pads.

They were some parts of the trail that was purely mud/dirt and I had to roll the bike because of how exhausted I was. Dirt was caked all on the back of my seat tube. So many scratches. So so sad.

Thank you BF for letting me vent.
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Old 08-04-14, 07:28 AM
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CX bikes exist for this sort of riding.
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Originally Posted by ConGrUenCy
CX bikes exist for this sort of riding.
Yeah, I def did not go into it thinking it was going to be that long. I thought it was a 200 feet, not two miles.

The trail portion was an actual bike path though. When I mention that I had to roll the bike for a bit, that was when the rock/pond trail turned into a pure hiking/dirt trail. Not the bike trail.
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Well, I was looking for a thread about your new bike but didn't see it, however it looks like you got an Evo 5 (105) ????

I have the 3 (ultegra), but basically the same frame!! I have had good luck so far and although it almost slid down my front porch rock-pillar thingy, the first week I had it, I've scoured it for scratches a few times already but can't find any. (whew!)

Nevertheless, when I first got my Quick 4 (also black) I was hit by a car in the first month! Sucked, but I actually ended up riding that bike more than the replacement I got for it! Kinda nice to have to worry less about scratches and stuff once it's already scratched. Plus, most folks don't notice anyway unless you point it out.

Speaking of replacements..........I noticed a prior thread saying you were going to possibly get a replacement frame?? Is that still in the works?? Cuz that would certainly get you back to new quickly enough.
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You don't need a better bike finish. You need a better friend.

Stuff happens. The first time really hurts and I sympathize. It won't be the last time.
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Originally Posted by loimpact
Well, I was looking for a thread about your new bike but didn't see it, however it looks like you got an Evo 5 (105) ????

I have the 3 (ultegra), but basically the same frame!! I have had good luck so far and although it almost slid down my front porch rock-pillar thingy, the first week I had it, I've scoured it for scratches a few times already but can't find any. (whew!)

Nevertheless, when I first got my Quick 4 (also black) I was hit by a car in the first month! Sucked, but I actually ended up riding that bike more than the replacement I got for it! Kinda nice to have to worry less about scratches and stuff once it's already scratched. Plus, most folks don't notice anyway unless you point it out.

Speaking of replacements..........I noticed a prior thread saying you were going to possibly get a replacement frame?? Is that still in the works?? Cuz that would certainly get you back to new quickly enough.
Yeah, I might still get a replacement. According to the shop they're out of Six frames for MY2014 so they'll replace my frame when the 2015's come in beginning of october.

My reasonable side though makes me want to not believe it even though I love my bike shop. They said just ride it like you would ride it, if that means getting normal wear and tear scratches then so be it, and they'll just replace it come october.

Sounds TOO good to be true

Regardless though, I hate seeing scratches. Mostly scratches that wouldn't happen in every day riding. Lets be honest, when would I ever get hit by branches on my top and bottom tube while road riding.
@rpenmanparker, you are right. I need to get a better friend
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Aw, come on. Its a piece of outdoor equipment, and you use it. If it DOESN'T get scratches, you're doing it wrong.
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I know it doesn't make it any less painful though. All these nicks and scuffs on my beautiful matte black bike.

Maybe I should have just bought a cheaper bike that I wouldn't mind throwing around. That or coat my frame in plastidip
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Any good auto detail or body shop can buff/ polish those scratches out, might cost you $50.00.
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If you wanted just some wall art, you could've done better. Ride it.
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Use Windex on the matte finish. Not the aerosol, but the old fashioned stuff in the spray bottle.
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Originally Posted by noobyondaroad
I know it doesn't make it any less painful though. All these nicks and scuffs on my beautiful matte black bike.

Maybe I should have just bought a cheaper bike that I wouldn't mind throwing around. That or coat my frame in plastidip
That is known as N+1.
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