carbon Crack Or Paint Crack!?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by steve23, 9 Apr 2008.

  1. steve23

    steve23 New Member

    there is a mark on my road frame, about 5cm from the BB on the rear left chainstay.

    the mark goes vertically on the outside on the frame, for about 2cm.

    i cant tell whether it is a scratch, which could of happened as its benn put in the garage and other bikes next to it, or indeed a crack!?

    any advice!? ive had a ride on it, and i cant hear any "creeking" or anything untoward, but i doubt i would have. it might of been there for ages, as its a few months since ive ridden that bike!

  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    more likely a scratch. A crack would have a jagged appearance. is it very straight?
  3. OP

    steve23 New Member

    its not very straight no, but then its not really jaggered!!!
  4. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    jaggered? so its an old and wrinkly crack is it?
  5. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Safest to get it checked out at LBS. Even if it is a crack it is not necessarily fatal to your frame as there are some carbon specialist about who can repair. Don't risk your neck!
  6. OP

    steve23 New Member

    on the opposite side on the frame, where the chain is, and has come off, the frame has been hit a few times, on the inside on the small chainring.

    surely that is worse than the crack would be?
  7. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Just keep riding it. Do a few sprints and you'll soon have a definitive answer.

  8. Harry Street

    Harry Street New Member

    There is now a company that can get the frame x-rayed and fix
    any crack you may have! it's called Carbon Repair Technology ltd.
    I run it..
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