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two things...Spiderman
May 6, 2001 9:34 PM
one, i am lookin for a new frame. i know the benefits, and the rides of each material. I am wondering though which ones will last the longest. Will carbon fiber get flexy, will alu. break in and not be as harsh? etc.
two, what is this "nm" that i see at the end of everyone's post? just curious, thanks. talk to you peoples later
re: two things...Skip
May 6, 2001 10:03 PM
nm: means "no message"

There is no one, correct, answer as to which frame material will last the longest. Depends on many factors, some of which you have no control over.

Ti won't rust or corrode like steel, so if you live near the ocean, and plan on riding or keeping the bike outdoors, corrosion and rust must be considered. Aluminum alledgedly has a "useful" life, and retains it's life's history of riding's bumps, falls, spills, "contusions", etc., and fails suddenly and catastrophically, rather than gradually over time. Steel has the potential for rust (internal and external), if it gets scratched/dinged or has not been prepped on the inside and water is allowed in. Carbon may loose some strength and life with serious, deep scratches or gouges - compromising it's structural integrity (especially if fibers are cut). Carbon can also splinter/shatter, but any crash that would cause this, would probably destroy any frame regardless of material and construction. I doubt carbon would change properties (flexy) with time. That being said, you probably would not see a real world difference between any of them, as to life expectancy, all IMHO.
re: two things...Spiderman
May 7, 2001 6:47 AM
thanks for the advice. what does IMHO mean?
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion (NM)MeDotOrg
May 7, 2001 8:28 AM
re: two things...Kerry Irons
May 7, 2001 7:45 PM
General terms
NM - no message
FWIW - for what it's worth
IIRC - if I recall correctly
BTW - by the way
LOL - laugh out loud
IOW - in other words
ROTFLMAO - rolling on the floor laughing my a$$ off
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my HUMBLE opinion (never is humble)
OTOH - on the other hand
YMMV - your mileage may vary (along with everything else)
AFAIK - as far as I know
AKA - also known as
DIY - do it yourself
CUL - see you later (poor abbreviation)
ROT - rule of thumb
FUBAR, SNAFU, FUJIMO, BAMF - all contain the F word
AMFYOYO - adios my friend, you're on your own (AKA Dear John letter)
WTF - what the heck
SO - significant other (spouse, companion, favorite bike)
MYOB - mind your own business
TTFN - ta ta for now (bye)
KISS - keep it simple, stupid
KITA - kick in the a$$
PITA - pain in the a$$

Bike Terms
TT - top tube or time trial
TTT - team time trial
BCD - bolt circle diameter
CR - chain ring
HS - head set
STA - seat tube angle
HTA - head tube angle
RR - road race
BB - bottom bracket
TDF - Tour du France
CTC - center to center
ST - seat tube
JRA - just riding along
OOTS - out of the saddle
TDC - top dead center (in the crank revolution)

Fitness terms
HR - heart rate
HRM - heart rate monitor
AT - anaerobic threshold
PR - personal record
LT - lactate threshold
BPM - beats per minute
RHR - resting heart rate