I'm back with Pat I might sell my bike. :o)
photos....I don't want to get stung again.
Matt Have I sold you a bike before........ooops.
no ...there was another bike here for sale I missed out on.....
Are wooden/grass bikes water proof?
Or are they only for fair-weather riders?
To hive reliable service anything needs to be used within it limits and serviced appropriately.
Light weight often comes as a sacrifice to strength.
My Bamboo bike caught fire
You'd need to be very careful parking your bike anywhere near the panda enclosure at Adelaide Zoo. Not sure if bike insurance covers your bamboo bike being eaten by a panda.
And the price of a Calfee is...?
Gold, not exactly a mainstream material though is it. I wonder if as many bikes were made of Bamboo as are out there in CF then how would the failure rate stack up! Pun intended.
CF is a fine material but because it is so strong for it's weight the designers / manufacturers are making the most of those properties and optimising the frame thicknesses and shapes such that there is very little safety factor. Any mis use or accidental knocks which are not a part of 'normal' use 'COULD' result in failure. The thing is you don't get a warning with CF. It will fail in a catastrophic way if it is going to at all and the consequences 'CAN' be dire. Its a personal choice but I for one would not use a CF frame for everyday hard knocks as that is asking for trouble. My commuter is new and deliberately Chromo Steel. Yes its a bit heavy but it has a lovely springy ride quality and comfort that more than makes up. The bit of weight just adds to the training value for when I ride my CF bike. Also it can cope with anything I throw at it from bolted on guards and racks to overloaded panniers and jumping up and down curbs etc. I have peace of mind because I understand the material and know that before it fails there would be plenty of tell tale signs creaks, groans, peeling paint etc. Not so with CF. It's a great material just be aware of the limitations.