[CR]Re: Frame Fatigue

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing)

From: <BobHoveyGa@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 10:43:58 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Frame Fatigue

In a message dated 6/9/03 9:13:00 PM, Jan writes:
>Whenever I ride a new bike, it just seems to fly. No matter which
>bike it is. Even my old beater Alan cyclocross bike seems so stiff
>and so fast after I haven't used it for a few months! (I am sure
>somebody will explain that frames get soft with use and "reset" after
>a rest.)

This is absolutely correct... There is a very similar effect with old vinyl records, after being played they need time to recover (true audiophiles do not play an LP more than once in a 24 hour period). Bicycles are the same way... after a ride, they must have a rest period for the frames to "reset". Therefore it is essential for any serious rider to have a stable of bikes to prevent "frame fatigue"... at least that is what I have told my wife.

Bob Hovey
Columbus, GA