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CapeRoadie

Shit, I may have cracked my seat tube

There is a hairline scratch, very thin, running almost perfectly horizontal on the right side of my seat tube, down by the bottom bracket.  It looks like a superficial scratch.  Noticed it just before yesterday's race.  Raced anyway.  No funny noises, no excessive flex or anything.  I think I should get it checked out right away though.   Crying or Very sad   Maybe it is just a scratch... it's just a really straight line about one-third the circumference around the right side of the tube... anybody know?
berck

I would have a shop check it that knows Trek bikes. As long as you have never crashed the frame, its a free replacement if it is cracked.

FYI:
When my forked cracked, it wasn't a harline fracture. There was a visible separation of the casing surrounding the carbon (you could literally break off chips of paint). I highly suspect that yours is really just a scratch.
headwind

Id get it looked at for sure.  I had a hariline on my Fondriest I placed a couple dots of nail polish at the tip of the crack and monitored if it split the paint, which it did, on successive rides...on the other hand, Ive got scratches too and dont even think about them.

look into it.  hw
berck

That's a great idea with nail polish headwind. I'll have to keep that in mind.
CapeRoadie

headwind wrote:
Id get it looked at for sure.  I had a hariline on my Fondriest I placed a couple dots of nail polish at the tip of the crack and monitored if it split the paint, which it did, on successive rides...on the other hand, Ive got scratches too and dont even think about them.

look into it.  hw


I'm going to try that, hw.  Brilliant.
headwind

simple...effective.  hope it brings you good news cape.  thanks berck.
thunderthighs

these new bike are light. but also fragile..i love my old colnago al steel...

steel is the best.. al jokes aside...

ciao
headwind

I have a steel 'nag awaiting a full rebuild.  Really a thing to see.

bbnaz

just don't wait too long HW......look what happened to Sidewinder.  Time is awasting.
sheeponabike

Very nice HW. Looks a bit like my old Mercian frame
thunderthighs

headwind wrote:
I have a steel 'nag awaiting a full rebuild.  Really a thing to see.



thats a mexico new style circa 1987.. thats a beauty..

headwin i assume you are 6ft tall.. 59 cm frame maybe..

ciao
headwind

bbnaz wrote:
just don't wait too long HW......look what happened to Sidewinder.  Time is awasting.


yikes thats grim
headwind

thunderthighs wrote:


thats a mexico new style circa 1987.. thats a beauty..

headwin i assume you are 6ft tall.. 59 cm frame maybe..

ciao


yeah its a mid 80s "Arabesque"...note the detail work on the lugs.  I need to strip and paint etc.  I bought this a few years ago and never got round to building it with a big relocation I went through.  I need to repaint it.

Im 5 10, with a top tube of 55.  The pic angle makes it look quite long.

hw
headwind

heres a built one and the killer lug work.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery...85_Arabesque_Red-Black/?g2_page=2
chasm

thunderthighs wrote:
these new bike are light. but also fragile..i love my old colnago al steel...

steel is the best.. al jokes aside...

ciao


I agree, actually. I have two carbon frames but if I had to have only one bike, it would be steel: and that classic Colnago frame is...a classic.
bbnaz

headwind wrote:
bbnaz wrote:
just don't wait too long HW......look what happened to Sidewinder.  Time is awasting.


yikes thats grim


not grim, just a gentle reminder to get getting Wink
sheeponabike



thunderthighs

headwind.. only fault on teh red colnago is a non flipped toe strap.. besides that kewl... can i suggest painting that blue frame..

flat black...
ciao
CapeRoadie

Okay, so crack update (this is not about Boonen, btw, or fat Americans for that matter...).  I put a Sharpie dot at either end of my cracked seat tube and it has not progressed.  I had my LBS shoot some photos when I took it in a month ago, and they e-mailed them to Trek immediately.  Trek called back that day, said no problem, they'd replace the frame, no questions asked.  Great company, Trek!  They said it's probably just a crack in the resin, and they see it all the time in their bikes and all brands of carbon bikes, and I have heard of it also (now that I've been asking everybody about it).  So, I just keep riding until the new frame arrives, and my LBS builds up the new bike no-charge.
headwind

bravo cape.  glad its worked out so well on all fronts.  props to trek for standing up. fondriest could take some wisdom.

hw

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