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    Too cold for carbon?

    Even though the arrival of snow in the Rockies does mean ski season is here, I am a little sad that winter has arrived. I'd like to continue riding my Ibis bikes in the winter: is there a temperature that's too cold to safely use carbon frames? (I ride an SL, Tranny, and Hakkalugi)

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    I'd say once you get below -1,000 you should start to worry.
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    Think of carbon in aerospace technology. I think we will be okay down here.
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    Short answer: No

    By the time it's cold enough to even consider whether you'd be doing harm to your frame, your nutzak and misc other body parts would be long gone. Don't sweat it.

    Aerospace is the right context to consider this question. It gets a LOT colder up there and they use plenty of carbon.

    Oh, and that's a damn nice quiver you've got.
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    I think my coldest ride last winter was around 15 degrees or so. The bike was fine. My toes and fingers- not so much.....

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    Its not the temperature you need to worry about, its the altitude. Small air bubbles in the carbon layup can expand at high altitudes and cause the frame to explode. I never bring my mojo above 7000 ft. I also store my bike in a hyperbaric chamber to increase the life of the frame.

    That being said, I have cracked a mojo frame, and it was cold out, so I am pretty sure it was because of the cold temperatures....if causality has anything to do with it.

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    I love this thread

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    Salient points

    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradoxj13
    I also store my bike in a hyperbaric chamber to increase the life of the frame.
    You're not the first. Michael Jackson(RIP!) used to sleep with his Hakkalugi in a hyperbaric chamber. Sadly it did not improve his CX results.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coloradoxj13
    That being said, I have cracked a mojo frame, and it was cold out, so I am pretty sure it was because of the cold temperatures....if causality has anything to do with it.
    Coincidence TOTALLY equals causality. Case in point, I once sharted my pants while riding. I was on a Cannodale.

    Was it the bike that caused the shart? Clearly, YES.

    This thread has legs!
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    Nice stable of bikes you have there.

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