Catastrophic failure - ouch.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by joebe, 6 May 2010.

  1. Handlebars snapped at about 20 mph this morning. Bit surreal trying to workout what's happened whilst in mid fall. Bruised and sore but otherwise ok.

    Begs the question how often should you change your bars.
     
  2. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Crap....hope you are ok mate.
     
  3. nich

    nich New Member

    Location:
    Beckenham
    one of my worst nightmares that, i'll be checking for any signs of weakness on mine in a mo...
     
  4. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    Bad luck Joebe, heal up soon.

    The same thing happened to me a few months ago. Hope you're on the bike again soon.

    If you fancy watching how my handlebars snapped, I'll post the link before MacB gets here:


    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th9S2Dpq954


    I'm now going to change my bars every couple of years.
     
  5. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Only ever had one go in the 1980's.
     
  6. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    Best to change the 'bars after a serious knock or at the end of the warranty period.
     
  7. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I'm living on borrowed time with original bars on a 1981 BSA and a 1984 Dawes.:tongue:
     
  8. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    GA, steel or alloy 'bars?
     
  9. Debian

    Debian New Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    One of my bikes is 25 years old, still with the original bars :tongue:
     
  10. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Yep.....alloy.
     
  11. Helly79

    Helly79 New Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    erk I hope your wounds will heal up soon
     
  12. Mark_Robson

    Mark_Robson Senior Member

    Bloody hell, glad that your ok. :tongue:
     
  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I hate stories like that...argh. Glad you are OK.

    Original 90's Cinelli 66's on the best bike.....

    PS what are the bars that snapped, where, and age please......
     
  14. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Ouch! :tongue: Never even thought that could happen :biggrin:
     
  15. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    Ouch. Heal up soon!!

    Had a stem snap on my old Raleigh Scorpion many years back. Wasnt hurt, just a comedic scenario with me trying to push off from a junction on a very quiet sunday. Cue me standing there, bike on the floor and handlebars still gripped.

    Picked up the bike, walked back home as it was only around the corner and swapped for an old mountain bike stem off a childs bike. Made it into work but no one beleived me. :tongue:
     
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