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Roof rack + underground car park = shame

smunchsmunch Posts: 6
edited September 2018 in Workshop
Hi all,

After a ride at the weekend I managed to do the unthinkable with my bike on a roof rack while driving into a car park. No excuses. Thankfully it was very slow and even more thankfully the bike was forced out of the clamp and therefore it seems like the only damage, other than emotional, was that 2-3 square inches of paint on the down tube is (severely) torn off and has exposed the carbon and the paint is flaking on each side. Assume as a new poster I don't have permissions to attach images otherwise I'd upload, but hopefully that gives the general idea.

I have used the bike on the turbo since, with the carbon covered to protect from sweat, and it feels no different. Canyon have recommended a full frame replacement but this was low impact and I'm (fairly) confident the damage is only paintwork, but all advice and abuse appreciated.

Cheers

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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,969
    Impossible to advise without seeing a pic, unfortunately. I don't think there are any restrictions on new users posting pics..
  • Sadly you cannot upload pictures here.

    Load them onto a 3rd party hosting site (IMGUR, FLICKR), make sure they are public, then copy the link to here.

    Sorry about your bike. Hard to say the extent of the damage without pictures, but even in some pretty extreme cases, carbon can be easily repaired.
  • I’d be tempted to use it as a turbo bike and get a crash replacement frame from canyon if they’re offering.

    There’s nothing like forks breaking at speed to spoil your weekend
  • Get a new frame. Canyon have recommended it and they may know what they are talking about more than a bunch of people on the internet

    #expensivemistake
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Thanks for the replies, hopefully this works: https://imgur.com/EPiheQx

    The canyon offer for frame replacement is reasonable (bike is not that expensive) and it's possibly covered by home/liability insurance. Will get it checked out by the LBS but any further thoughts appreciated.

    Cheers
  • mike1-2mike1-2 Posts: 456
    That looks knackered to me. As said above, get a new one if you value your teeth.
  • I can't see it on my PC at work, but on my phone screen it looks like more than just paint, sadly.

    That said, carbon is quite easy to repair in the right hands. Search for carbon bike repair in your favorite search engine and get some quotes.

    You may find you can sell the frame and recoup some of the cost of the replacement, as people are happy to buy damaged frames at a discount in order to repair them.
  • Ooft, I wouldn't want to ride that to be honest. Get a new frame.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    I'd only have that on the turbo. It could be worse I've known people to write off their cars with hitting racks on things.
  • Oooooooooft.
  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,734
    I wouldn't ride that without an expert giving it the once over.

    A couple of friends have used these folks and have been very happy with the outcome.

    carbonbikerepair.co.uk
  • Thats more than just paint, but it looks like a very easy repair for any number of repair specialists:

    Target Composites
    Fibre-Lyte

    etc etc

    If it's insured though, replacement is best option.
  • Thanks all
  • That's stuffed. Time for a new one.

    #broken
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • svettysvetty Posts: 1,904
    Have you done the 'coin-tap' test?
    FFS! Harden up and grow a pair :D
  • Svetty wrote:
    Have you done the 'coin-tap' test?

    or asked a load of people on the internet for theiropinion after asking the factory that built the thing?

    #obviousinnit
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,734
    the factory that built it is on the far East, the Germans put the components together.
  • http://www.carbonbikerepair.co.uk

    I spoke to these people a few weeks ago and very helpful very honest and upfront about all repair costs. Highly recommended.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    Svetty wrote:
    Have you done the 'coin-tap' test?

    or asked a load of people on the internet for theiropinion after asking the factory that built the thing?

    #obviousinnit

    The manufacturer will always err on the side of caution.

    Contrary to popular opinion, carbon fibre isn't completely brittle and can be repaired. There is a cost to this, but it may be preferable than just replacing the frame - depends on the frame, nature of the damage and the repairers estimate.
    I don't know what Canyon are offering for a crash replacement - but it may be that it's as cheap to do that as it would be to get it to a repairers and get repaired....


    Whichever way - it'll be safe enough on the turbo ...
  • Yea good advice thanks. I'll either get it repaired or sell the other parts and buy a faster bike. Been looking for an excuse to upgrade for a while and quite handy to have a permanent turbo bike. Silver lining...
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