What to do about chips in carbon fibre frame

NB don't buy Specialized kit - its sh*te

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02/03/2004 at 17:02
One of the two screws in the cleat of a pair of Sh*te Specialized shoes came out, with the effect that as i stopped at traffic lights, i could rotate my foot freely with no effect on the cleat, which was just rotating on the remaining screw

effect - i fell off, and i've got a few little chips in my four day old carbon bike :(

presumably i just ignore these - or should i treat them with anything? anybody know?
cougie    pirate
02/03/2004 at 17:08

You had screwed them in tight enough presumably ?

I think you can ignore them - don't sound as if they'll be of great consequence ? Just battle scars.

If anyone asks - you were doing 70 down an Alp when a Marmot took your front wheel away.
02/03/2004 at 17:11
yeah just tiny scratches and surface chips really - i was just a bit concerned about it being carbon fibre

annoyingly my calf bloody hurts now - i wont be happy if i damaged the muscle
02/03/2004 at 17:12

oh dear.

I've got some carbon paper.

P'raps we could make a little plaster for the poorly hurt...
cougie    pirate
02/03/2004 at 17:15
Jeffrey Lady Killer - he's got a carbon fibre - he is the expert on them anyway.

Jj - you kiss him better.

(I'm not)
02/03/2004 at 17:33
[fumbles in handbag for hairbrush, make-up, perfume and GoldSpot...]
02/03/2004 at 17:40
you can buy some transparent carbon stickers/plasters that help protect areas that are liable to scratch or rub. got mine from evans.
02/03/2004 at 17:41
but that's a shop for big girlies.
02/03/2004 at 17:42
will have a look - is there a risk of deerioration then??
02/03/2004 at 17:42
with a t
02/03/2004 at 17:46
i dont think so, unless it gets rubbed. I was recommended them for my spinergy wheels because they are quite close to the seat stays as well as the block. I can see where they have rubbed but very superficial.
may want to put along the top tube too incase you lean the bike against anything?

And these stickers wont be seen unless up very close.
02/03/2004 at 17:46
i know jj, thats why i go, if you see what i mean <grin>
02/03/2004 at 17:48
# all the leaves are brown
and the sky is grey... #
02/03/2004 at 17:49
02/03/2004 at 18:44
candy, dont worry they are only little chips, but do sympathise with you as the bike is only 4 days old. The one thing good about carbon fibre is that it dosen't rust so there will be no deterioration from chips, and as it probably cost the earth, you no doubt got a lifetime guarantee against any of the welds/tubing breaking.

Hell, if we all had to go through major repairs every time our frames got scratched there'd be no point riding. Take your bike off-road and then you never worry about scratches again.
02/03/2004 at 21:14

Have you thought about a frame graft??
WildWill    pirate
02/03/2004 at 21:16
big girls blouse - always new he couldnt ride a bike

[sorry mate - couldnt resist]

02/03/2004 at 21:50
Yeah, I'm with you Will. It's the oldest story in the book. My cleats weren't screwed in properly... blame Specialised... foot rotated on the last screw... blah, blah de blah.

He just forgot to unclip his foot at the lights and keeled over. I know because I was on the bus following him and everyone pointed at him and laughed.
02/03/2004 at 22:11
everyone did point and laugh, and some bloke tutted and asked me if my bike was alright

had to pedal home with my foot on top of the shoe too, as it doesn't look like its going to come out of the spd very easily, if at all

that's it, i'm changing to look cleats tomorrow!
02/03/2004 at 22:19
and the really, really annoying thing is that i only got to cycle 12 miles when i was planning 60

and i'd made really good time on the first loop

and i abondoned a swim session to go out on my new bike, cos i was home early and it was still light

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