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Disturbing Photos Inside(21 posts)

Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:23 PM
I always thought the first pics I would post of my bikes would be artistic. Something along the lines of the 'shadows' series recently posted. Unfortunately, they are of a much more serious note. Does anyone know what my options are with this kind of damage? It's about an inch across. I hope the pics do it justice.
re: Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:25 PM
Do you think I need to worry about the safety of this ride? It's my wife's bike.
re: Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:26 PM
one more
re: Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:27 PM
and another
re: Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:30 PM
the dent is about an inch across, with the damaged section about 3.5 inches long
Aluminium frame owners worst nighmare...Akirasho
Apr 28, 2003 7:35 PM
... deep, and at the thinnest part of the butted top tube... me thinks the frame is done.

How did it happen? You might contact Cannondale through a dealer and see if there is any warranty remedy.

Sorry for your loss (I've got a '96 R600)

Be the bike.
Aluminium frame owners worst nighmare...MisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:40 PM
Yep, it's a '96
Aluminium frame owners worst nighmare...MisJG
Apr 29, 2003 5:36 AM
D'oh! It's a '99. I shouldn't read other posts while typing mine!
Duct tape? nmKristin
Apr 29, 2003 6:53 AM
Been waiting for this response! nmMisJG
Apr 29, 2003 9:26 AM
just keep an eye on itgtx
Apr 28, 2003 8:36 PM
The top tube doesn't get a whole lot of stress. If that was on the downtube near the headtube or bb I'd be more concerned. You should see some of the stuff mtbers ride with on their AL bikes.
Apr 29, 2003 4:43 AM
My friend has an Aluminum MTB with a TT that looks like it went through a meat grinder. The h-bars have swung around and nailed it a few times during crashes. It has dents on both sides that make this C'Dale look mint.

The dent is in the middle of the tube which is promising. If it were near either end you'd have much larger concerns. I'd say keep riding it. You (or your wife) will be fine. Just keep and eye on it
re: Disturbing Photos Insiderussw19
Apr 28, 2003 7:33 PM
Looks from my perspective like something got dropped on your top tube... what actually happened?

Cannondale has a crash replacement policy (last I heard) that will give you credit from your old frame if you buy a new one of theirs. If it's damage from something else, you can try to take it to your Cannondale dealer and see what they can tell you about the warranty, but just looking at it from these pics, I couldn't say it was a warranty issue. But I don't really know what happened to be fair.

re: Disturbing Photos InsideMisJG
Apr 28, 2003 7:39 PM
The worst part is, we're not sure how it happened. The best theory is that it fell over against a bike rack when we were stopped at a playground with our doughter last weekend. How it could go over a week without detection still baffles us. She even went on a 20 miler Sunday and didn't see it. Took the bike out today and there it was.
Maybe you didn't see it because it's growing larger....Bruno S
Apr 28, 2003 7:58 PM
One possible reason you/she didn't see the damage is because it started as a small dent and now the top tube is starting to buckle. I wouldn't ride it anymore.
I think its toast!the bull
Apr 29, 2003 3:28 AM
If you have ever seen a cross-cut cadd-4 you would be surprised how thin the aluminum gets toward the middle of tube where yours is bent.Once you dent aluminum it is so badly stressed it has pretty much reached a failure point.
I would not race(or ride)it but it might be all right to take it around the block.Why take a chance?I know a guy with a cannondale who races and he has a dent like that on the rear drop-out.I try not to spend time behind him when he is ridding!Keeping an eye on something just seems stupid and dangrous.The smart thing to do would be to ride someting you know is safe.If it were a steel frame I would probally not worry so much but cadd-4 - Hmmmmm!
Easy fixSpoiler
Apr 28, 2003 8:34 PM
Well, the cheapest solution is some cheap fingernail polish that will closely match the color of your car's gas cap cover. As long as the hinge isn't damaged, there's no need for replacement.
Very disturbing indeed... sell the Cavalier! nmSnowbird
Apr 29, 2003 3:36 AM
re: Disturbing Photos InsideWrigleyRoadie
Apr 29, 2003 6:48 AM
Can't speak for the whole world, but the local C-Dale dealer mentioned last week that the Trade-in value of any old C-dale frame was $300 towards a new one. Sounded like a pretty nice deal to me.
re: Disturbing Photos Insidefunknuggets
Apr 29, 2003 7:32 AM
Yes, indeed a disturbing pic, however, I have over 2,000 k on a bike with a nearly identical dent in the same place. However, my bike is steel 525 Lemond, so it may or may not have the same properties. But, just wanted to let you know that my bike did not catastrophically fail... although it has been relegated to full time duty on the trainer.

Disturbing indeed...No_sprint
Apr 29, 2003 8:24 AM
If it's anything but paint, that thing is done. You wouldn't catch me on it in a second. Perhaps if you're a solo rider, not in traffic, not on hills, never above 10 mph, never in packs, never in crits, always in pads, not important to anyone, you put a few more thousand miles on it. Not me, not if it's anything more than paint. Nighty night frame.