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Maxwell Smart



Joined: 29 May 2005
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Location: London Town
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 10 5:59 pm    Post subject: Carbon Fibre Bike Frame  Reply with quote    

Anybody have any ideas what to do with a carbon fibre bike frame?

I recently damaged my bike in an accident and it's a shame as it is still a fairly new frame and looks ok but I don't feel that it is safe to ride anymore. The frame shows ripples where it was hit and knowing how carbon fibre tends to fail....

Thus am wondering the best way to dispose of it is... any ideas?

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 10 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try HQ Fibre Products....

If you want it repaired.

HQ Fibre Products
5 Norwich Road
Lingwood
Norwich
NR13 4BH (Road Map)
Norfolk

Tel: 01603 713972
Fax: 01603 713972

Or

Colour Tech: - 01322 555549.
OLD FARM BUILDINGS
MAIDEN LANE
DARTFORD
DA1 4LX.

Or

Carbon Repair Technology ltd

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 10 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try contacting these people?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 10 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it's still fairly new (under a year) then get in touch with the manufacturers. As long as you weren't going off-road down-hill on a raod-bike frame then they'll probably replace it for you, or offer you a steel frame instead.

Maxwell Smart



Joined: 29 May 2005
Posts: 607
Location: London Town
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 10 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for responses. The bike should be replaced under insurance so it really is a question of what to do with the frame.

Though I suppose I could hang it on the wall as art....

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 10 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ask these guys here, someone will have a view on this:

http://www.cyclechat.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=14

I'm unaware of any recycling initiatives for carbon fibre components.

matt_hooks



Joined: 01 Aug 2010
Posts: 312
Location: Lambourn(ish) Berkshire
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 10 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's no use as a bike frame. If it's showing surface ripples then it has delaminated internally and the strength is badly compromised. I've seen an aircraft wing made from composite, which looked perfect, but under testing was found to have lost 95% of it's strength due to a bird impact.

As for other things to do with it? Certainly nothing that requires structural strength. And trying to join it is just asking for trouble.

A piece of art is probably the best you'll do with it.

Once the carbon fibre is set in the resin matrix, it's pretty irreversible, there's no way of recovering the fibre, or the resin, from the matrix.

As far as recycling goes then, it's a total loss.

Maybe a local school or university engineering department might have a use for it as an educational tool?

Anura



Joined: 26 Aug 2009
Posts: 57

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You will definitely get a very lively debate on the cyclechat website!

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