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Monday, February 18, 2008

My first carbon failure

I've heard of a lot of carbon fork failures, mostly because the people to whom it happens end up in a hospital, so when my Fuji approached its third year, I ended up with a custom Ti frame and a custom Ti fork.

However, unknown to me, I had already broken a carbon component, which was the seat post that came with the Fuji. Note that as Pardo mentions in his entry, this seat post lived as pampered a life as I could make it, no loaded touring, no rough man-handling, and throughout its life I was a svelte 145 pounds. I'm replacing it with a Thomson aluminum post, which I love and would want to rave about one of these days.

In any case, people occasionally ask why I wanted to go Ti, and for me anyway, all it takes is one bad carbon failure in the fork or frame and I might never be able to ride again. I don't treat my bikes kindly, and I don't see myself being any nicer to my bikes in the near future.


Unknown said...

Thats all you are going to say about your carbon failure? Please expand your blog into specifics; How did it happened? WHen did it started? Did you got hurt after all? What type of carbon fork and under what conditions?

Piaw Na said...

Fortunately, the fork is still operational and we saw no signs of damage on it. The seat post failure was discovered on inspection, and did not break in use. Needless to say, I decided not to wait to see what would happen if it failed in use.