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Road Bikes: How Robust?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Cee Jay, 25 Sep 2007.

  1. Cee Jay

    Cee Jay New Member

    Location:
    The North
    Hi all, stupid question ahoy… I recently ‘went roadie’ and bought a Bianchi Via Nirone Alu Carbon, and am chuffed to bits with it. However it has alerted me, with arse-bruising, 110psi clarity, that the roads round our way are really, really poor. Padded shorts take the pain away from me but what about the bike? I appreciate that avoidance is a good policy but when you’re confronted with a deep rut across the road there’s little you can do… Just how robust are a pair of carbon forks? Are my wheels taking a major battering?
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    good question, for me anyway, the roads really do stink and even knowing the road there's a couple of stinkers that I hit hard now and then and loads of rough stuff

    I was surprised the decent wheels on my hybrid seemed to take it all without problems

    the blokes on what I still call racers seem to glide around, perhaps that's just me seeing what I expect
     
  3. slow down

    slow down New Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    You'll be fine with most roads - look at the battering the pro's bikes take on Paris Roubaix. If I can't avoid a large pothole I'll tend to bunnyhop over it, soon becomes second nature.
     
  4. starseven

    starseven Guest

    I use my road bike as an all purpose bike now, it seems fine on gravel tracks and rough roads.

    There are pot holes that will damage a car wheel though, hit one of those wrong and you could get a damaged wheel or flat tyre whatever your riding.
     
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    Cee Jay

    Cee Jay New Member

    Location:
    The North
    Thanks for the replies! Puts my mind at rest. Hadn't thought of Paris-Roubaix. I can just pretend I'm having my own, personal 'Hell Of The North'. Which is quite easy here in Rochdale...xx(
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    They are pretty tough - my best steel road bike is 16 years old and has always run on 20/23c tyres - tough machines
     
  7. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Yeah but don't they throw 'em in the skip afterwards:evil:
     
  8. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    If your Nirone has the Bianchi componenti wheels made by Ambrosio, i think they are quite robust.
    I dont abuse mine, but have hit potholes a couple of times, quite heavily xx(
    No damage though, still true and running well.
     
  9. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    very true...the Ambrosio wheels are rock hard...yeah they will damage with a huge wallop....but when they did a test on the bike I brought last year (Bianchi via Nirone & which is the all ally one) they said they'd ridden it to work...gone up and down kerbs, over drains and normal country road routes and the wheels stood up to the lot.

    You'll be fine...the frames are rock solid too. As long as they aren't suffering abuse mile after mile you'll be just fine.

    Steve
     
  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    My Carbon no name forks have took quite a whacking, not of my doing !

    I ended up side on under a car through their fault - I got up expecting *&^ked forks but NO the wheel bent but not the forks which surprised me as I'd never have gave them the positivity..of this but this totally surprised me: me being an anti-carbon fork person.

    Changed my mind quite a bit.

    To go on a bit more...coming from an MTB you will think this but at the end of the day a bikes a bike and its took me many years and miles to realise that a bike is pretty bloody strong and can really take some absolute whackings ! ! !

    I'd still only 'jump' (as in 'in the air') on a Steel MTB - compared to an alu'framed MTB.

    Road ridings not soo bad...

    Happy riding.......
     
  11. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Carbon forks are pretty Robust
     
  12. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Carbon forks are pretty Robust on hard road's, they take compresion well so your ok for a good 6000+ miles. Make sure you check them regularly though for the freak crack. Are they full Carbon or Alu/Carbon?

    to make the ride a little comfier try adding a carbon seat post to your road bike, this will take away a little of the shock you come acrosss on your travels.
     
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    Cee Jay

    Cee Jay New Member

    Location:
    The North
    Thanks for the reassurance everyone! The forks are the Alu/Carbon type - I like the idea of adding a carbon seat post, will look into it! Just seems hard to believe that something so light (and compared to the old two-ton beast I was on before this is featherweight!) can handle the bad roads so well. Guess it's just what it's designed for!
     
  14. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    you're probably more likely to get a flat tyre hitting a pothole than to damage your carbon forks.
     
  15. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i was riding a friend's carbon-forked bike in edinburgh when i (inevitably) hit a pothole. the forks made a horrid cracking noise and i feared the worst, but apparently that's just the noise they make (giant, flat ones).

    normally i bunny hop but this one was in shade and i didn't see it.