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    Carpet fiber in your diet

    This morning I was watching the first stage of the Tour of Romandie and I thought "all those frames are full carbon" duh, they're roadies.

    It sure looks like XC and DH riders are on carbon frames too. There might be a few exceptions, but when the bike is free, I'd ride it 'till it breaks and ask for another.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    the answer is obvious.

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    I don't really get the hate for carbon. Sure, a badly made carbon bike is basically an accident waiting to happen, but the same is true for any other material. I guess carbon is just harder to get right since it hasn't been used for as long.

    I thrashed that crap out of my dad's late ninties carbon Giant MCM XC bike as a teenager, and as far as I know it's still hanging in my parents garage.

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    For the past week, we've had thunderstorms forecast during prime riding time. And all my bikes are made of aluminum, except for the steel one. I can't be riding around in a thunderstorm, astride 20 pounds of metal. That's the only reason I want a carbon bike. Oh, and for other reasons, too.
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    carbon is expensive. all bike components have replacement intervals and/or life spans so I am not so concerned about that. what bothers me is how much it costs to replace when it's time to do so.

    right now the only carbon fiber I have is in my camera tripod that will probably last a lifetime and in some headset spacers on my commuter, which will probably also last a lifetime. Neither of those items sees very much stress.

    would I ever get a carbon fiber bike or components? maybe...if the cost of replacing said items was doable if/when necessary.

    Nice thing about steel is that the life span on it is pretty long. Aluminum, not so much. My aluminum FS is 9yrs old this month so the amount of time left on it is definitely on my mind. It won't last forever.

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    I voted on this poll even though it involves bikes on this non-bike forum page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I voted on this poll even though it involves bikes on this non-bike forum page.
    I think you're mistaking it for another one of his polls.


    EDIT: I just reread the poll, it does involve bikes, I just forgot as it's so long.
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    Carbon has actually been PROVED to be stronger than regular aluminum frames.

    Look up some of Santa Cruz's videos on that subject.

    Carbon is what all bikes should be made of from now on, until they find another better material to replace it.

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    I like carbon.
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    I saw the title of this thread, and was reminded of a recent scene from the TV show Grimm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying-Monkey View Post
    I saw the title of this thread, and was reminded of a recent scene from the TV show Grimm...
    Me too! Which leads me to my next question: why are we discussing bikes when we should clearly be discussing the merits of ingesting interior floor covering?
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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    Me too! Which leads me to my next question: why are we discussing bikes when we should clearly be discussing the merits of ingesting interior floor covering?
    Or to go even further in the wrong direction... a variation of your comment "ingesting interior floor covering" has been used in discussing a certain romantic activity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying-Monkey View Post
    Or to go even further in the wrong direction... a variation of your comment "ingesting interior floor covering" has been used in discussing a certain romantic activity...
    Cobba opened that door with his post...
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    I am of carbon, my bike is of carbon, I am my bike and my bike is me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail6 View Post
    I am of carbon, my bike is of carbon, I am my bike and my bike is me.
    Didn't Yung say that?
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered View Post
    Cobba opened that door with his post...
    I somehow managed to miss that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    For the past week, we've had thunderstorms forecast during prime riding time. And all my bikes are made of aluminum, except for the steel one. I can't be riding around in a thunderstorm, astride 20 pounds of metal. That's the only reason I want a carbon bike. Oh, and for other reasons, too.
    You do realize that carbon is conductive, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenbran View Post
    You do realize that carbon is conductive, right?
    I wonder what a carbon fiber bike would look like after a lightning strike.

    Here's what happened to a carbon fiber fishing rod that was struck by lightning.



    Story: https://www.kmbc.com/r/19730665/detail.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    I wonder what a carbon fiber bike would look like after a lightning strike.

    Here's what happened to a carbon fiber fishing rod that was struck by lightning.
    It turns into a wig?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    I wonder what a carbon fiber bike would look like after a lightning strike.

    Here's what happened to a carbon fiber fishing rod that was struck by lightning.
    It blew his mullet right off his head!


    Here's the before photo...
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    I had no clue carbon was conductive.

    Very interesting photo cobba.

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    I'd rather eat couch cushions over carpet fiber any day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    I'd rather eat couch cushions over carpet fiber any day.
    more cushion for the pushin'?
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    I'd rather eat couch cushions over carpet fiber any day.
    I take it you've been watching Grimm too?
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    Everyone watches Grimm. Or should. Weirdly addicting.
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    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    Everyone watches Grimm. Or should. Weirdly addicting.
    Late last week we downloaded (Direct TV On Demand) the first 9 episodes. We just watched the Bed & Breakfast/missing child episode last night. I like it. I don't know what the cushion reference means but I'm sure I will before too long.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    Everyone watches Grimm. Or should. Weirdly addicting.
    Just the promos were enough to get my wife and I interested. It had an odd start, and then it slowed down some, but now it's really starting to get interesting.

    The police Lt has quite the air of mystery around him.

    Nick is getting to be a bit of a badazz now too.
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    Yes, asteroids. Beryllium would be awesome.

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