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Can i kill my bike?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by andyfromotley, 10 Jun 2008.

  1. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    By doing about 10 miles a day along canal paths?

    Nothing too rough but much bumpier than the road, i am riding a spesh allez with 25mm tyres on. Am i damaging my bike?

    Dont want to as its my best.

    Thanks andy
  2. Bumps will kill your rims, fit fatter tyres. Grit will kill your tranny, fit mudgourds and keep your chain clean. You can't kill your actual bike, just some of its parts.
  3. OP

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    Its my only road bike, think i'll stick to the mountain bike for that route.
    thanks mickle
  4. Nice one Mickle - "mudgourds"...bonj would have a fit with big bulgy yellow things front and rear!
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Using the MTB would be the best idea, Andy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member


    I've spent a little time thinking about this lately Andy....and i think you definately can damage your bike ..permanently.

    I have a Via Nirone. I'm not averse to going up occasional cinder tracks, a bit of rough once in a while. Not too much, just a mile at a time as a shortcut...

    A few weeks ago, my frame cracked at the BB / downtube junction.
    At the time i just assumed it was fate, but when i got the new frame, you understand when you hold it on its own, how light it is...REALLY light. The tubes are thin...not too thin, but you realise they're just not made for roughing it.

    I will absolutely minimise my track rides on it in future.
  7. OP

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    i know but the trouble is i do about 13 miles of that journey on the road, mtb is a bit slow....
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I've cut out the four ish miles I ws doing down down the Lea Valley tow path on my old hybrid now I got a nice road bike, shop man said no problem but the regular road is rough enough I reckons
  9. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    to get to my gf's house I normally ride at about 10mph across a field and my bike seems fine.

    i did manage to get a bit of air the other day on one of the bumps
    [scampers off to check his wheels are straight]
  10. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    How do you explain cyclo-cross bikes then?

    You have one frame crack and assume it's down to using it on tracks. What if you had a frame crack whilst cycling on the road? Where would your assumption take you then. n=1 is not a big enough sample set to draw any conclusions.
  11. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    I don't see that this would necessarily be a problem. I've ridden along some rough canal towpaths on 25 or 28mm without problems. You might increase slightly the risk of a faerie visit if your tyres aren't pumped up hard but unless the paths are majorly rough then you're unlikely to do any damage to your rims or anything else.

    Most bikes are a hell of a lot stronger than we give them credit for. No need for an MTB unless the surfaces are really rough (e.g. as rough as a transsexual Glaswegian prostitute).
  12. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Andy go and get a front suspension bike.That is the reason i bought the Giant Rincon.We started to ride Kirkstall to Five Rise locks,and finally to Skipton basin.I did it on my Galaxy.I got shook to bits.And i was worried about the bike.Would not do the canal again till i bought the off roader.The ride is so different just flows over the ground.
  13. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member


    I dont assume anything skwerl....:wacko:
    A via nirone and a cyclocross are two completely different animals. A cycocross is deliberately made to take punishment...a nirone definately isnt, (otherwise it's be marketed as a cyclocross bike).

    I made the point about the frame because most of us pick up an assembled bike. It feels solid. Pick up a bare frame.....you soon realise how heavy all the components are, that's what gives it its solid feel.
    It genuinely surprised me how light the tubing was.
    The LBS were (hopefully) genuinely surprised the frame had gone...the first Nirone they'd seen do that.
    I'm not a big guy, 10.5 to 11 stone, so it's not me that killed it.
    Its been a purely summer bike until this last winter, so it's not really been exposed to corrosive elements.

    Of course, it could have been a poor weld, but i woudnt have thought it likely with todays high tech welding and manufacturing processes.

    I do like to honk up hills...that puts a lot of stresses through the bars and through the cranks...perhaps thats a factor.

    What i do know is, although as stated i dont do it that often, i'm not averse to going onto tracks....something i would guess most road bike users dont do. It's reasonable to assume this could have been a factor.
  14. Paris Roubaix.

    The defence rests.
  15. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    That is a tough race Mickle, but those bikes are checked out after every race I would say and probably turned out to pasture after one year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!