apriestley881 wrote:Hi Guys, still here. Hadn't checked the thread as I had expected to be notified by email when I got replies. I am based in Northern Ireland and had previously contacted Donard Bikes who said they were to busy to fix it. Owen, the owner of Donard Bikes had a quick look at my frame in person and said it was cracked but did not use any X-RAY equipment to look at it. If I do get it X-RAYED and am certain it is a crack, do you think it's safe to get it repaired by a Marine Repair Specialist? I haven't been riding on it but have been keeping a close eye on it. Damage remains unchanged and still no flex from damaged area when pressure is applied.
I expect that it is safe. They may notunderstand all of the stresses in a bicycle frames, but the materials are not significantly different. There may be a trade-off between appearance and strength. I would err on the side of strength. Discuss it with the repairer.
I t may be worth your time and effort to find another shop that repairs carbon fibre bicycle frames, though. If Donard Bikes are too busy, do they know of the next nearest places that can do it?
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