Say it ain't so: The Assploded Bike Parts Picture Thread.

That’s awesome! Finding casual riding shorts you love and fit well allows unlocking the best part of cycling in my experience. I’ve just been thinking a lot about pocket lately. What do we really need as cyclists with capable bike mounted luggage and what parts of pant pockets are just interfering with a comfortable experience? What do good pants pockets look like when you only have to transfer your phone / wallet from the bags to enter in a store? Why do traditional pants/short pockets always put the cell phone, wallet and keys in an uncomfortable place for cycling if you don’t have bags to store them in? Why are most pockets located to make it uncomfortable to keep them there while sitting in a diner or bar seat?
I suspect the leg seam / hip area is the location that solves all these problems.
However I am open to the idea that no pants should ever have pockets and everyone should carry around a hip pack that can be rotated to suit the best location for a given moment.

I think he supplied the extendo bar for the light. And yea, pretty sure that contributed to the failure.

We can still make fun of Rawland though, right?


Huh, wonder if the lever arm is more effective at breaking the aluminum rack mount when it is straight out? Calling Tarck physics nerds.
I currently have it mounted this way but only for riding trips that requires a flight:

looks like a bad braze/weld too. i can see daylight by the waist of the hourglass. not a lot of material holding it together.



What is actually going on here with this effect. Is it oxidisation? I’ve got it on my mint 9 speed durace downtube shifters now. Sucks. Only ever on Shimano stuff too.

Looks like velo slugs are trying to get at the aluminium. I’d reccomend a dilute coffee solution sprayed once an evening. If that doesnt work, maybe consider leaving some sacrifical pieces of 7005 alloy near the bars to lure them out.


filiform corrosion


Yeah. Looks organic eh. Like canals on Mars.

Thanks for that. Bastard has a name.

And coffee spray is likely to be unhelpful.

Living in a cloud probably doesn’t help lol


Pocket on my newish organic cotton swerves. That’s where the top corner of my phone naturally ends up. It’s my first pair of jeans in about 20 years. They’re really comfortable, but I’m not happy.

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Regarding valve chat. Dunlop FTW! Haven’t had to re-air my wife’s tires in over 6 months. Iirc, road bikes use presta because schraders are prone to leaking at high pressure.


Fuckin rawland

I had this happen on a Spec Allez frame that was just clearcoat over aluminum

Yea, no. Dunlop valves are the worst.

The cloud-way struggle is real : (
Fecking nasty out there just now. Didnt get above 9 all day yesterday, the cat didn’t even go outside for a leak.

Assploded jar of cycling nutrition paste.


Posting on behalf of my friend, but the bike in question used to be mine, so it’s still relevant.

I sold this bike to him about 3 years ago and he started using it as a commuter. For the last 6 months or so, there’s been a phantom creak. I’m pretty bummed about it because it’s a moderately nice mid-80s Nishiki Cresta. I had it done up real nice too.


Super bummer, guess it got put away wet too many times over the last few decades.


i would need much better photos of all fracture faces to post my socially distant armchair (although i’m sitting in an office chair at my work desk) materials engineering opinion but that doesn’t really look like corrosion was necessarily even a contributing factor.
sure there is some rust in the tube but the fracture face i can see looks like it’s fatigue. I’m assuming the stay cap would be brass brazed to the stay, yet there is some rust on what i think should be that joint, so possibly a manufacturing defect (lack of weld penetration).

The fracture face looks “burnished” which is not surprising given the likely compressive loads just sitting on teh bike, but would make a full on multi bong striation counting failure analysis more difficult :stuck_out_tongue: not that i won’t take you money if you have a few spare bongs lying about, my new house is conveniently located ~10mins walk from a super fancy SEM i’ve used before

note: currently juggling spreadsheets, this is much more interesting materials engineering