Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Cracked Road Frame - Can I Still Ride It?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Cracked Road Frame - Can I Still Ride It?

Old 06-18-19, 10:37 AM
  #1  
biketocamp
#Pedalovereverything
Thread Starter
 
biketocamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: New York
Posts: 243

Bikes: FM-296 Road Bike, Surly LHT, Superb Sprint

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 5 Posts
Cracked Road Frame - Can I Still Ride It?

Hey everyone. Cracked my road frame on my chainstay. It's a relatively small crack. I brought it to the bikeshop and some people say I should not ride it and others say I can still cruise around a park with it. I wanted to share an image and video with a closer look and get some opinions from the community here. I plan on buying another frame but I am curious if I should duct tape it and do short rides and or try and get it fixed before I replace it.




biketocamp is offline  
Likes For biketocamp:
Old 06-18-19, 10:51 AM
  #2  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 738
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 403 Post(s)
Liked 120 Times in 68 Posts
Duct tape? Seriously?

If you are even considering that, then I don't think that I can talk any sense into you.
Koyote is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 11:04 AM
  #3  
burnthesheep
Newbie racer
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 895

Bikes: Propel, red is faster

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 404 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 48 Posts
That's about the easiest place on a bike to do a carbon repair. Find a local that does it and $200 later you're on the road.

I've done it myself and it isn't that bad. Time consuming to get the sanding and layup looking nice nice though. You can do a faster job that's effective but uglier.

Then again, how much is that frame anyway? If it's a Chinabay kind of thing, is it even worth the time/effort? I did it because it was a pretty nice bike.

But no, do not ride it. Do not tape it to make yourself feel better about riding it. Either have it repaired or bin job it.
burnthesheep is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 11:06 AM
  #4  
bakerjw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: NE Tennessee
Posts: 784

Bikes: Giant TCR/Surly Karate Monkey/Foundry FireTower/Curtlo Tandem

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 128 Post(s)
Liked 49 Times in 37 Posts
Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will not help hold it together.

Is this the same frame from a year ago???

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...ame-fm296.html
bakerjw is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 11:13 AM
  #5  
308jerry
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 180
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Duct tape? Seriously?

If you are even considering that, then I don't think that I can talk any sense into you.
Really... Put a couple popcycle sticks on before the tape job.....
308jerry is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 11:26 AM
  #6  
biketocamp
#Pedalovereverything
Thread Starter
 
biketocamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: New York
Posts: 243

Bikes: FM-296 Road Bike, Surly LHT, Superb Sprint

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
Personally, I wouldn't ride it and duct tape will not help hold it together.

Is this the same frame from a year ago???

https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...ame-fm296.html

Yes it is. Just wanted to get some more insight on it as I thought of using it indoor as a training bike. Plan on ordering a Trek Emonda ALR.
biketocamp is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 12:34 PM
  #7  
nomadmax 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 694
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 313 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 54 Posts
I'm usually "they built a safety factor into that" kind of guy. BUT, I wouldn't ride that.
nomadmax is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 12:46 PM
  #8  
delbiker1 
Senior Member
 
delbiker1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Sussex County, Delaware
Posts: 731

Bikes: 1991 Ochsner steel frame, 2002 Airborne Zeppelin titanium, Schwinn DBX SS aluminum, Orbea MD 40 carbon fiber

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 188 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 32 Posts
Toss it where it belongs, the trash.
delbiker1 is online now  
Old 06-18-19, 01:02 PM
  #9  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 10,940

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 913 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 22 Posts
Adding one more voice to the "trash it" opinion. If you want to use it on a trainer only, then do the ugly fix using a couple full wraps of carbon and epoxy, covering at least a couple inches on either side of the break.
BlazingPedals is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 02:19 PM
  #10  
shelbyfv
Senior Member
 
shelbyfv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,266
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1102 Post(s)
Liked 136 Times in 90 Posts
Bummer- it's been a year and the thing is still cracked.
shelbyfv is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 02:25 PM
  #11  
mstateglfr 
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 8,250

Bikes: '87 Schwinn Prelude, Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara/Centurion Ironman, '18 Diamondback Syncr, '18 handmade steel roadbike

Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2968 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 149 Times in 105 Posts
Originally Posted by biketocamp View Post
Yes it is. Just wanted to get some more insight on it as I thought of using it indoor as a training bike. Plan on ordering a Trek Emonda ALR.
slow day of traffic coming to the blog so perhaps promote a youtube vid again?
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 02:30 PM
  #12  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,156

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 222 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6463 Post(s)
Liked 366 Times in 239 Posts
Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Bummer- it's been a year and the thing is still cracked.
Yeah, the OP posted that video on youtube close to a year ago. One would think it would be sorted out by now.





-Tim-
TimothyH is offline  
Old 06-18-19, 06:10 PM
  #13  
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,030

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1821 Post(s)
Liked 143 Times in 88 Posts
That crack looks pretty bad. You're going to need duct tape AND baling wire. Maybe squirt some WD-40 on it while you're at it.
caloso is online now  
Old 06-18-19, 06:17 PM
  #14  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 3,838

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1929 Post(s)
Liked 450 Times in 265 Posts
I think you should crack the other chainstay to balance the load.
livedarklions is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.