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Crash -- frame is toast, toss the handlebars, too?(11 posts)

Crash -- frame is toast, toss the handlebars, too?bill
Sep 24, 2003 1:37 PM
I think I know what the consensus will be, but I'll float it.
I crashed pretty hard, described below. The bike flew through the air and landed somehow I don't know how, but the visible damage seems to be limited to the rather dramatic buckling of the top tube and down tube from, apparently, substantial forces absolutely along the horizontal axis of the bike transmitted rearward through the fork to the frame from the wheel hitting the obstacle in front of me (the two riders who went down) that then launched me skyward. Some crumpling of tubes near the bottom bracket and seat collar as well. No visible scratches anywhere, including on the levers or bars.
I keep telling myself that, for the amount of money involved and the consequences of a bar failure, it's just not worth it, but the bars are pretty new Deda 215 non-anatomic bars (not impossible to get, but not easy, either) that I have raced with a handful of times before, used about a year, although not consistently, since I've used my two other bikes in the year, as well. They may have 1000-2000 miles on them.
I think you already know the answerDougSloan
Sep 24, 2003 1:49 PM
I'm getting ready to file a products suit based upon a TTT 220 breaking. It nearly killed the rider. Why take chances for $70?

Doug
I'd think that would be the first thing you'd replaceColnagoFE
Sep 24, 2003 1:52 PM
I'd replace bars even if my frame wasn't trashed and I crashed hard enough for me to suspect anything was wrong.
Toss it. Call Curly, he'll get you a deal on a new set. (nm)Gregory Taylor
Sep 24, 2003 1:51 PM
re: Crash -- frame is toast, toss the handlebars, too?russw19
Sep 24, 2003 1:51 PM
The Deda 215 is a pretty lightweight bar. I would replace it. Deda says to replace the Newton every 2 years anyways... and the 215 is not much heavier. I would say to just do it. If you want a stronger bar that is a little heavier, but just as nice, get the Deda Magic bar. It's a little heavier than the 215, but a little cheaper too. It's the bar of choice in the pro peloton this year amongst the bigger riders due to it's strength.

Russ
Toss it ....j-son
Sep 24, 2003 2:03 PM
it's not worth a broken collar bone (or worse) should it snap. Last time I checked, speedgoat.com had non-anatomic 215's in stock for about $70 (my bar of choice as well).
cut it in half & recycle it - so no-one else tries to use it nmPdxMark
Sep 24, 2003 2:28 PM
use them..ctisevn
Sep 24, 2003 3:33 PM
to make a bong thatll impress your friends. but dont ride them, that would be foolish.
Can you post a pic of your frame? (nm)lampshade
Sep 25, 2003 5:32 AM
not easily. nmbill
Sep 25, 2003 2:17 PM
Pitch 'em Bill. (nm)djg
Sep 25, 2003 7:03 AM