|Phil on the cracked frame: 3/4 through chainstay||PdxMark|
Jul 22, 2003 2:13 PM
|"Armstrong crossed the line on Monday not knowing that his rear chain-stay tube on his frame was three-quarters fractured in the fall. Had it snapped, he would have crashed with potentially race-threatening consequences."|
|And I've never known Phil to exaggerate, no, wait, I have (nm)||TJeanloz|
Jul 22, 2003 2:15 PM
|as someone who's ridden with cracked chainstay||cyclopathic|
Jul 22, 2003 2:30 PM
|unlike metal failure would not be as spectacular. Carbon fibers are holding crack together, it just becomes noodly.
Second hard to imagine someone crashing b/c of chainstay failure going uphill. I rode a double century with a guy who's chainstay separated ~30mi into ride. He was your typical 6'2" 210lbs gorrilla, pulling paceline at 26-28mph.
|That makes sense...||PdxMark|
Jul 22, 2003 4:35 PM
|It seems that the load on the seatstay on that side would increase dramatically. So long as the seatstay held, the rear wheel would at most wobble a bit, giving a noodly feel. And the frame alignment (on a metal frame) would take a beating, but what does that matter under the circumstances. Though, once the seatstay failed under the extra load...|| |