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  1. #16
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    I stand corrected - I was looking at an old F1 car frame that was aluminum. It does appear that current cars have a carbon monocoque chassis/cockpit. They are specially coated so that they will not splinter in case of an impact, something which obviously bikes don't have, but I would guess flying carbon bits aren't going to be a huge problem in bike crashes either.

    I don't know about bike snobs bike… that sounds unusual of not improbably, but the carbon part I have seen break without provocation was carbon spoke wheels.. which had a bad habit of simply shredding themselves
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  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    You mean that tires contact the road in a much greater surface area than a bicycle tire?

    Actually,...English, please?
    Yep. A car has so much more grip (than bici or moto), and it doesn't steer by leaning, so having a certain amount of controlled frame flex isn't critical to handling in a car the way it is with a two-wheeled vehicle.
    Speed comes from what you put behind you. - Judi Ketteler

  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by IBrakeforPastry View Post
    So since yesterday I've ridden two carbon bikes, different brands, and I think I've found a little problem. The top tubes on both were wider than on the similar aluminum models. My inner thighs kept rubbing against the frame. Admittedly. I don't have the thinnest thighs, but they're not huge, either and I couldn't ignore it. But they were both really nice rides.
    I get this, sometimes...I have big thighs and relatively narrow hips (no thigh-gap for this girl -- I could be emaciated and my thighs would still touch. Even as a scrawny teenager my jeans always wore our first in the inner thigh area). Is it possible your knees are diving inwards too much while you pedal, too?

    I will echo others who recommend carbon. I rode some godawful potholed roads on my Cannondale SuperSix and even was involved in a paceline crash when the rider in front of me had some debris tangle in her rear wheel and drivetrain and took us both down. My frame is still flawless and strong. SUPER smooth on our rough chipsealed roads here in MI, too.
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  4. #19
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    My knees do point slightly towards each other. I could never be a yoga model because I'm just not linear. Knees point in, calves bend out. Even when the knee joint is fully straightened, my legs don't look straight. It doesn't cause any knee problems when pedaling, it's just the way I am. I can consciously pull my knees out, but it takes mental energy as well as physical energy, and isn't natural.

    Anyway, I ended up getting a good deal on a Specialized Vita from last year. My neck is much happier with upright bars. I will keep a basic drop bar bike for those few times I might want to do something different (or ride with a friend). I'm sure that the Vita will serve me well, just like my Sirrus did, before it was stolen.

    Thanks for the interesting discussion. Besides the Wright Brothers owning a bike shop, it's fun to see how all this is connected. And I've worked in aviation for 25 years

  5. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by IBrakeforPastry View Post
    So since yesterday I've ridden two carbon bikes, different brands, and I think I've found a little problem. The top tubes on both were wider than on the similar aluminum models. My inner thighs kept rubbing against the frame. Admittedly. I don't have the thinnest thighs, but they're not huge, either and I couldn't ignore it. But they were both really nice rides.
    Another thought, if you end up not getting a carbon frame due to that... Get a set of nice wheels! I have Topolino wheels with kevlar/carbon spokes on an aluminum frame - that's a nice ride too!
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