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Carbon Love/Hate

Thursday, March 25, 2010

During today's pre-ride inspection of my newish (to me) '99 Trek 5200, I found that the carbon drive-side seat stay is fractured over half way through at the inside of the top. Needless to say, this gave a serious blow to my morale.

I want to send it out to be fixed, but the prices for carbon fiber repair are exorbitant. The money I saved putting the bike together myself from mostly used parts instead of buying a new bike will be just a memory. Of course, I've got a full Dura Ace setup ('90s 8x2 gearing) on it along with Specialized tri-spoke graphite composite wheels, carbon Look clipless pedals, carbon seat (you get the idea), so I never could have afforded something comparable with a new bike even adding the extra few hundred I will now have to spend. I may just buy a new carbon frame and forks out of Hong Kong if my current set up will work on it; that would probably be cheaper. I would hate to not fix this frame though.

It looks like I'll have to jump back on the Mongooses (Mongeese?) - hybrid Paver and MTB - until my baby is fixed. I guess there may be a silver lining. I needed to get some off road riding done with the MTB, which I may not have done this year otherwise. I love my road bike that much.

Oh well; I did my first 35+ mile ride on the Paver before I got the Trek. Maybe I can get totally ready to rock the road later in the year by training on it until the Trek is fixed. Before I got the Trek, I had put baskets and a trunk on the back, a Cateye with cadence, SPD/cage combination pedals along with a simple riser bar to replace the monstrous cruiser bar it came with. I'd planned to use it for shopping and road trips anyways, I'll just have to put some serious mileage in with it. I may now get my first century on it depending on how long it takes me to afford the carbon repair.

Still... bummer.
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  • BLONDEDOG
    This is mostly foreign to me so all I can really say is "I hope you get it sorted out". :) Sorry I'm not more help than that, but I wanted to let you know that even though I don't understand I'm still rooting for you!

    YOU ROCK!!!
    4096 days ago
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