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How to care for carbon bikes

How to care for carbon bikes

Most carbon bikes cost a lot of money because Carbon fiber has very different qualities than steel, aluminum, and titanium, which you have probably ridden before. Carbon is a synthetic composite material made by soaking fibers in epoxy resin, which is compressed, heated, and cured. Essentially, carbon is made up of a super-strong fabric, which requires a little new know-how on your part. The main being that while metal shows indications of damage, usually bends, dents, or bulges, carbon may appear normal, yet, if compromised enough, even though you cannot see the defect, the component could fail without warning. So, you may need to know some of the details of the maintenance of carbon fiber bikes.

BASIC CARBON CARE

Generally, bikes and components have eighter print owner’s manuals or digital versions for people to read. Before doing something on your bike, just make sure you read the description clearly and understand that specifically. You can know the proper torque setting, any special tools or techniques that are required, warranty specifics, contact information, and more. In the manual people can find advice about carbon products that is LytronBikes support.

DAILY CARE

Some simple steps to extend your bike service life. First is parking safely, you will never lean your bike that it can roll and fall on the side, right? Second, do not rest the seat or frame against a pole and think it’s safe, because the bike might move to let the frame crash against the pole, which would easily crash it. Or the handlebars could swing all the way and crash into the top pipe. To prevent these dangers, keep your bike in a safe place when parking, or at least make sure it is on a level surface and against a wall. In addition, some companies advise avoiding exposing bikes and parts to high temperatures, such as placing them in a parked car, in the sun, or next to a heat source or radiator. Similarly, if you live by the sea, where there is a lot of salt in the air, or if you are a person who sweats too much, you should be extra careful to wash and rinse the salt off your bike and parts to protect them from any possible corrosion of metal parts. Carbon fiber has high-temperature resistance, if you put your bike for a long time sun exposure may cause damage to the external paint, so do not put your bike in the outdoor high-temperature exposure.

 

CHECK FOR COLLISION AND WEAR

If you crash or misuse your bike or forget it is on your roof rack and crash into your garage, look for signs of damage and have them check. Remember, an injury may not be visible to the untrained eye. We would be happy to check and suggest, so bring it to the store. Also, do not ride the bike/parts until you are sure they are safe. Even if you never crash, you should always check your carbon bike and parts for any gutter marks, deep scratches, cracks, loose fibers, or other surface cracks, and stop riding until you fix the problem.

CRASH AND WEAR CHECK

If you crash or misuse your bike or forget that it was on your roof rack when it crashed into your garage, look for signs of damage and check them out. Remember, an injury may not be visible to the untrained eye. We would be happy to check and suggest, so bring it to the store. Also, do not ride the bike/parts until you are sure they are safe. Even if you never crash, you should always check your carbon bike and parts for any gutter marks, deep scratches, cracks, loose fibers, or other surface cracks, and stop riding until you fix the problem.

HOW TO AVOID COLLISIONS

 Accidents and collisions that cause carbon shelf damage that is hard to predict and avoid, but some collisions can be easily avoided. A common situation is when the handlebars spin around and hit the top tube of the frame, which often happens when you inadvertently lift the bike. So be careful do not to let this happen when you get your bike. Also, try to avoid stacking your bike on top of other bikes, and don't use the seat to lean against a pole as this can easily slip and cause a collision with the frame. It is much safer to lean your car against a flat surface such as a wall. Without doubt, you don’t need to stress about wrapping your car with cotton. Just take reasonable precautions and avoid unnecessary collisions.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CARBON FIBER BIKE

    The relatively small torque values required for carbon frames and components also have the disadvantage of being liable to slip. This affects the seat rod. Instead of taking the risk of trying to tighten the seat rod with extra, more force, you should use a carbon assembly paste. This is a gel containing fine particles, like a thin film, that increase friction between contact surfaces to prevent slippage. Fit paste and torque wrench are essential for carbon fiber owners. Regular cleaning will give you a chance to inspect the bike carefully and see if there are any obvious signs of damage. This should be a routine part of your cycling routine, regardless of the frame. Rough cleaning is also to be avoided, which can damage the epoxy resin that wraps around the carbon fiber. If you have questions about how to clean your car scientifically, ask your manufacturer for advice. Any grease remover or cleaning product used for bicycles and old-fashioned mild soapy water should be used properly.

TO BUY A TORQUE WRENCH.

Despite its amazing mechanical properties in the design direction, carbon fiber can be easily damaged by extrusions, such as overtightened bolts and jugs. Handlebars and seat bar areas are the most common causes of carbon fiber frame damage. All parts of a carbon-fiber bike are labeled with a recommended torque value in meters and tons, which can be found on the parts, in the manual, or on the manufacturer's website. If you have a carbon fiber bike, a torque wrench is necessary to ensure that you don't tighten the parts with more torque than recommended. If you've owned a metal-frame bike before, you might be surprised at how little effort is required to assemble and tune a carbon-fiber bike. For metal frames and parts, such as handlebars and seat bars, it is normal and acceptable to fine-tune them with some rotation or pull after they have been fixed. But this step can cause damage to a carbon-fiber car and is strong to be avoided. The correct approach is to use the recommended torque value, the use of assembly paste, if the position and Angle of the parts need to be adjusted, should be fully removed in advance. When using the maintenance frame or vehicle bicycle frame clamping frame pipe needs to be particularly careful. The bicycle should be secured with minimum pressure, and the frame can also be covered with a protective coating. Of course, you can also consider a different mode of transportation by bicycle. If you want to take your bike on board, we strongly recommend that you pack it in a hard case.

 

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