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How many miles have you ridden on aluminum???(14 posts)

How many miles have you ridden on aluminum???Joshua
Mar 24, 2002 4:12 PM
I would like to know how many miles you all have logged on aluminum bikes. I am trying to make a point that they can be ridden long distances and remain fairly durable. So please tell me how many miles and on what bike Thanks
I have a Vitus from the early 90's that is still a great ride.onespeed
Mar 24, 2002 4:53 PM
Although it is more of a decoration at this point. I rode and raced the hell out of this bike for years.

I also have a collection of high end aluminum bikes that only perform and have never given me any idea that they were in danger of breaking.

I think the fear that aluminum bikes are weak is unfounded. If that was the case, the presumption of unreliability of the material would be something that the pro teams would never even consider to have their bikes made of.
I have a Vitus from the early 90's that is still a great ride.Dave Hickey
Mar 25, 2002 8:01 AM
I also have a Vitus. It's currently my rain bike, but it has over 20,000 miles and still going strong. For a light weight rider, it's still a great bike
I have an 87 cannondale crit seriesBarnyard
Mar 24, 2002 5:05 PM
That is over sized and still going strong. The bike must have around 30 thousand miles on it and though we have (bike mechanic friends and I) looked for cracks, we've not found any yet. I would like the bike to break. But it's over sized, an over built aluminum frame. The rear drop out does not center the wheel any more, but that is not a problem. I center the wheel and it tracks fine. I've even clamped a rack on this frame and done over 24 hundred miles of touring with a heavy load. Sure other roadies have told me that I have the stiffest touring bike they've ever seen, but still no problems with the frame. People who say aluminum bikes are weak and break are on crack. There are durable aluminum frames out there.
re: How many miles have you ridden on aluminum???koala
Mar 24, 2002 5:23 PM
17000 when I sold my old cannondale and someone else is now racking up the miles on her.
Mar 24, 2002 6:11 PM
The 1st bike I bought after a long hiatus was a C-dale 3.0 series, used. I put about 6k on it and have since sold it, and, as far as I know, is still going strong.
how reliable is the new super light and thin tubing though...ishmael
Mar 24, 2002 7:11 PM
my columbus starship tubing bike has tubing so thin i can squish it with my thumb and index finger...i can bend the whole thing side to side if i stand on the ground and torque the stem in the opposite direction to the i understand it any bending of aluminum tubing is adding to its ultimate is nice and stiff while riding though, but thats besides the point, isnt bending aluminum a bad thing, it doesnt have the springing back resiliency of steel, it just snaps..
Mar 24, 2002 8:09 PM
re: How many miles have you ridden on aluminum???mwood
Mar 24, 2002 8:58 PM
Cannondale 2.8 series, 900 racing: well over 20,000 miles. Just rode it today, as a matter of fact...
8000 mi, Giant Team Once ....still going (nm)Sharky
Mar 25, 2002 1:55 AM
I have almost 10k on mine; Altec 2+. nm. MikeMike P
Mar 25, 2002 4:01 AM
Over 30K on 1984 Kleingwilliams
Mar 25, 2002 4:12 AM
re: How many miles have you ridden on aluminum???Mel Erickson
Mar 25, 2002 6:53 AM
'85 Cannondale R400, retired to the trainer in '99. Probably 25,000+ miles. Riding a Softride Solo now @ 3,000 miles per year. Bought it used, no idea how many miles on it before I got it. It's a '97? Just retired my '95 Cannondale SuperV 900 mountain bike and replaced it with a 2001 Giant XTC NRS1. I don't have a computer on my mountain bikes but a year mountain biking is probably equal to 5 on the road. Of course mountain bikes are built stouter than road. All aluminum and not a crack or dent in any of them. BTW, I'm no lightweight, 6'2" and 185#.
15yrs, over 35KDream plus
Mar 25, 2002 9:06 AM
I rode 14yrs on a Cannondale 3.0 prolly around 30K miles. Including many centuries and a few over 125 miles. This bike was bashed into my carport twice!! and run over by a pickup once! I still ride it on my trainer. It needed new bar tape twice and a new stem and handlebars after being run over. It's only problem was that it was about 2cm too long for me.
Since then I've put another 6000 miles on an Altec2plus Colnago Dream Plus in a little under a year.
Before my Cannondale I rode a steel bike - Reynolds 531 Proteus. It was a great bike but got stolen. It was rusting in spots though, something my Al bikes don't do.