What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

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Mike Sales
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Mike Sales » 4 Jun 2020, 2:00pm

Mick F wrote:How can you gold-plate carbon fibre?
Plating is done ............ please correct me if I'm wrong ........... by electrical connections.
Anode and cathode ........... and relies on the conduction of electricity.

I don't think you can electroplate a plastic.


The resin is a plastic, but carbon fibre does conduct. I would not know whether the fibre itself is insulated by its resin coating. Quite possibly I would guess.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 4 Jun 2020, 4:12pm

Mick F wrote:How can you gold-plate carbon fibre?
Plating is done ............ please correct me if I'm wrong ........... by electrical connections.
Anode and cathode ........... and relies on the conduction of electricity.

I don't think you can electroplate a plastic.

Apparently there’s a process where they can gold plate pretty much anything. The gold is in suspension, which they paint onto the object. Then a current is passed through the solution covering the object, and the gold precipitates on the object. Carbon fibre is easy, because it becomes a cathode, resin impregnated or not.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Postboxer » 7 Jun 2020, 6:19pm

Maybe these?

https://www.bikester.co.uk/kcnc-vb1-can ... gLf6PD_BwE

Not sure who did their photographs.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby reohn2 » 7 Jun 2020, 6:57pm

Postboxer wrote:Maybe these?

https://www.bikester.co.uk/kcnc-vb1-can ... gLf6PD_BwE

Not sure who did their photographs.


Nor I,the pads are downside up :?

£310 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Manc33 » 19 Sep 2020, 5:53am

£350 for two nuts...

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ULTRA-RARE-Chris-King-Titanium-GripNut-Conversion-Kit-1-inch-Brand-New/153433748727
When two cyclists get married, they should throw anodized cable crimps instead of confetti.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby DaveP » 21 Sep 2020, 9:41pm

I'm surprised no one has used the B word yet!
I mean, if theres a bike that has had insane amounts of cash poured in its general direction it must be the Brompton. Adding a Rohloff hub... well, if you really like them - at least its quality kit in it's own right, but while you're at it, that new rear triangle you need or the job ... might as well have titanium...and then if you replace the forks (titanium anyone?) you can have disc brakes...
And then there's the outright bling - £140 for a new pair of frame clamp screws? Really? Take a gander at Bikeganghut and be startled. Mmm Maybe hand your cards to your significant other while you're off viewing some of the hardest bike porn around...

You would be quite justified in pointing out that some of this stuff has some merit. Might actually be more functional for some individuals. What I can't get over is the fact that the vast majority of the people who buy this stuff start by buying a nice, new, and fully functional bike and in some cases having major "upgrades" done before even sitting on it. They'd do much better donating to the relief of aging cynics...
Wouldn't they? :mrgreen:
Trying to retain enough fitness to grow old disgracefully... That hasn't changed!