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Carbon frame in workstand?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by topcat1, 19 Dec 2007.

  1. topcat1

    topcat1 vintage Mercian 2012

    Location:
    here
    I've just spent my xmas bonus on a Merlin C110 and i'm wondering where do I clamp the frame in the workstand. I read some years back that you have to clamp the seatpost is this correct?
     
  2. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Location:
    Essex innit?
    But what if that is carbon as well? I too am confused.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    yep seat post (hope it's not a carbon one though !)
     
  4. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Just wrap the frame in an old towel, where the stand grabs onto the bike??
     
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Get a old / cheap alloy post and clamp to that?
     
  6. this will be the cheapest way of doing it there is things you can buy that will do it but they are pricey.
     
  7. crunCH. AAAAAAAAAAARGGHH!

    Clamp the seatpost, carbon or otherwise. Carbon posts are designed to be clamped by the seat collar so it is not an issue.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    topcat1

    topcat1 vintage Mercian 2012

    Location:
    here
    Thanks, it's a Thomson seat post so no worries there.
    Just recieved the ultegra sl groupset, i'll post some photos once the bikes set up.
    Merry xmas yall.
     
  9. I guess it depends how hard you're clamping it.

    If just putting it on the stand to, say, adjust the derailleurs, you wouldn't clamp it that hard, just enough to prevent it falling out of the stand.

    But if wanting to really heave at something, I wouldn't be that enthusiastic winding a clamp up really tight on any sort of tube, be it carbon, thin-walled aluminium or steel.
     
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I keep a cheap seat post (£2.99) in my toolbox and just swap it in and clamp it in the stand.

    Only downside is that the proper post and seat gets neglected in the wash!
     
  11. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    In 30 years of fettling i have never used a bikestand, so it may just be possible to fettle without clamping anything. Of course this will go against your wish to use a bikestand but you never know, it might just work ;)
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I survived for thirty years without one, but although mine's not so good, I wouldn't be without it.

    And at least I know what I want now.
     
  13. Yeah, but when do you want it?
     
  14. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member