if the wallet lets some ride on lightweights or super record cause they can and wanna stimulate the economy, so be it!
There you go guys, next time you want a new toy tell the minister of finance that it's for the greater good of all.
Well, with that you would not be lying, buy the wife a new ring while you are at it!
Clive, we must ride together one day, it be a very entertaining ride, there seems nothing we agree on.
It be fun.
After reading Sophia MacRae comments (I got a new commuter too :-). I feel she has hit the nail on the head regarding her new bike, and I quote in part....it's for sailing to work and uni and town and meetings and feeling gorgeous.
I hope everyone who buys a new bike, no matter what kind, feels this passion.
Not so sure carbon is all that weak.
I've got a 14 year-old carbon Giant, rides like a dream, fast and tight. From what I have read, all materials can be made equally strong (steel, alloy, carbon fibre, wood). It's the stiffness and weight that varies, and fatigue fracturing.
There's a lot of development $ been invested in CF, and for frame manufacturers to use CF over other materials suggests that CF is a good proposition.
Anyway, the real point is to buy the bike that 'sings your song', because THAT is the bike you will ride as much as you can. Regardless of what it is made out of.
There is a reason that F1 uses carbon fibre not alloy any more!
I was gonna say the same thing as you Frank. F1 use carbon for their componentry. So not all carbon is bad. It comes down to how the carbon is laid that will determine the strength and longevity under normal conditions. In a crash or accident, CF will be the real test.
Actually I think the fact that F1 uses carbon, whereas most cars do not perfectly justifies DRs video.
In F1 the saving of fractions of seconds is important and spare no expense.
With cars the expense is paramount and performance, though important, is always a compromise.
A F1 car is meticulously maintained and checked. A car needs to last the warranty period with all sorts of abuse.
The new Boeing Dreamliner is full of the composite stuff...
"fantastic plastic" back in the 70s was a surf board......fibre glass revolutionized the surf industry much like carbon fibre has done for cycling....
I have heard similar arguments about high end components that the mid range components are often more reliable but that is another argument.
if you have a full time highly qualified mechanic to maintain your bike you are better resourced than me.
but some people do
perhaps it really depends on what what criteria you use to make your decision.