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The Hidden Risks of Carbon Fiber Bicycles

What Are the Risks of Carbon Fiber Bikes?

Ask any bicyclist what they consider the holy grail of bicycles and their answer will probably include the words “carbon fiber.” Compared to metal, carbon has design flexibility and is lighter, arguably more durable, rigid, and better at absorbing vibrations – basically everything the avid cyclist could ask for in a bicycle. So why wouldn’t you want one?

Well, unlike metal, carbon tends not to exhibit obvious signs of pending failure. This can be hugely problematic because when a carbon bike breaks, it usually does so in a catastrophic manner. And repairs can be very, very expensive.

bicycle accident riskMore importantly, this component of carbon bikes poses a risk to your health. Imagine what would happen if your carbon bike literally fell apart while you were riding at a high speed, on a busy street, with cars surrounding you – it’s not a pretty picture, to say the least. If you want to avoid a bad crash, keep the following in mind:

  1. In the event that you have a terrible accident on a carbon bicycle, you need the bicycle inspected. Thoroughly. Tiny, hidden fractures might exist which may cause the bike to fail suddenly.
  2. Thinking of getting wheels with carbon spokes? You might need to reconsider. While carbon spokes are lighter, they are susceptible to chipping, splitting, or breaking when struck by a stone or other object. This can lead to a disastrous wheel failure. Switch to ceramic bearings instead.
  3. Carbon fiber is a bit like a diamond – strong while not being particularly tough. Super light frames are nice and all, but they’re difficult to appreciate when they break at the worst time.

This information has been brought to you by the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle crash caused by another party, call us at (800) 522-7274 for a FREE consultation. We can help you get justice and compensation for your injuries.

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