You know that feeling something isn't quite right ...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Alien8, 5 Dec 2018.

  1. Alien8

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    This happened on my way in today.

    Looks like I'm in the market for a new fixed-wheel commuter if anyone has recommendations?



  2. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Wow, that's impressive.

    No point asking how the bike is but are you okay? What happened? You must have been putting some power through!

    My recommendation - anything other than the make you already have. What is it BTW?
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  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    Thats the first time I've seen a frame fail like that, I hope you didn't do yourself to much damage.
  4. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Ouch! Looks like that's been cracking for a while.

    New bike time. Want one of these?

  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I am guessing that was not 'quiet' at all. Was it an instant catastrophic fail or a slow gentle one?
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  6. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    So long as you are OK.
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  7. Threevok

    Threevok Junior Member (Trainee)

    South Wales
    Wow - glad your OK

    This is the reason I stopped buying second hand alloy frames.

    The last GT Avalanche frame I bought started to crack - in that very same place
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  8. MikeG

    MikeG Guru

  9. OP

    Alien8 Senior Moment

    Good point.

    But yes, thought there seemed a bit of extra flex for a mile or two - even stopped to check the rear wheel was ok.

    Managed to unclip and get my foot down so no damage to me at all.

    Must be my legs of steel - which coincidentally might be my next choice for frame material.
  10. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
  12. Glow worm

    Glow worm Guru

    Near Newmarket
    Blimey! Glad you're OK- must have been quite a shock.

    (Rushes over to bike to thoroughly check frame!)
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  13. Threevok

    Threevok Junior Member (Trainee)

    South Wales
    Yes it's a good idea to check your frame regularly, especially if it's alloy and if it's getting on a bit.

    I bought a 2007 frame which I rode for two years before I discovered a crack in the welds of the head tube. At first I thought it was nothing more than elaborate scratch in the paintwork, until it started to get larger and larger.

    After reading some horror stories about alloy frames failing spectacularly without warning, I kept a very close eye on the next frame I bought - a 2005 model.

    Sure enough, after only three months, it started to develop a crack around (and across) the BB weld, which got alarmingly bigger as the days went on.

    I've been scared off alloy now (at least 2nd hand) and replaced it with a brand new steel frame.
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  14. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Need another fabbers?
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  15. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    A bit of gaffer tape and that will be fine for years to come :whistle:
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