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Bad surfaces..(4 posts)

Bad surfaces..arslan - just got a TCR 2 -
May 19, 2002 11:51 AM
I don't exactly treat my road bike very nicely and I was just wondering,
To what extent do bad roads and those wood plank bridges affect a road bike and it's performance over time, or do they even?
I have an aluminum frame, Giant TCR 2.
Thanks for the help,
Aluminum fatigueKerry
May 19, 2002 4:21 PM
Aluminum has a limited fatique life, and every flex brings it closer to failure. Whether than means anything in the context of your riding style and your bike is impossible to guess, especially when you don't state your weight. The obvious question to us old-timers is why you would consciously treat your bike poorly, since it reflects either poor riding skills or ???. Making a statement, are we?
Aluminum fatiguearslan - just got a TCR 2 -
May 19, 2002 6:24 PM
My weight is 165lbs.
Well, I can't really help it. The roads in my city are in extremely bad condition and there are only a few good ones which I try to take as much as possible, but usually I end up with the bad ones.
And when I take the trails, the occasional wooden bridge does come along, it's not that I can jump over it or anything.
I'm also a mountain biker, and this one weekend, my mountain bike kind of got screwed up, and I took the nicer dirt trails with my road bike, that was a mistake. I'll never do that again.
You've got to understand, being 16, I have those occasional flairs, where I want to take the dirt or do something crazy.
Hey, I love my bike!, so if it'll get spoiled or anything, than I'll stop doing it.
How long do the aluminum frames last with normal use?
Thanks for making a point,
Aluminum fatigueweiwentg
May 19, 2002 6:57 PM
don't take a road bike off road and it'll be fine. it's OK to want to do something crazy, but use the proper equipment while doing so.