For those cycle enthusiasts who follow Global Cycling Network are in for a surprise. GCN take you on a rare visit into the workings of our facility as we share useful advice on carbon repair and restoration hosted by Oliver Bridgewood. Look out for the video 2 weeks on Sunday featured on GCN Tech.
Now open! Please pop over to www.cyclerecycle.cc for a browse through our online store of 2nd hand used components. We literally carry every brand. Some components are in new condition others are marked and some are sold for spare parts. We stock hard-to-find parts from expensive wheels to 1 shifter on sale out of a set of eTaps. All carbon frames are inspected or repaired with warranties so you have peace of mind when buying from CycleRecycle.
If you are looking for something which is not online please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look for you. Happy shopping!
To have your bike returned from Carbon Bike Repair is to expect to forget anything ever occurred in the first place. Was it just a bad dream that I opened my travel bag to find the chain stay snapped on my beautiful Willier Cento1…Oh yes I forgot!
Very. The quality and safety of a composite repair is reflected in the standard of the facilty and the engineers. Safe and complient carbon repairs require resources and training. It takes 2 years for a repairer at CBR to achieve 2 of the 3 qualification levels available at Carbon Bike Repair. The repair ‘theater’ is sealed and depressurised to prevent contamination during the repair cycle. The repair process passes through 3 QC stages before it is released to the restoration departement. Carbon bikes can be repaired safely if there is a standard by which to measure repairs.
Like all things new in the bike world, graphene is the shiny new toy. Everyone is talking about it but is graphene really necessary? I would venture to say no. To clarify – We repair any composite construct and we have a keen interest in graphene as we learn new repair solutions.
Yes, it is a wonderful material and yes it can conduct electricity (so does carbon by the way). Lightness and stiffness might be another motivation and repair is most likely possible but why am I not as enthused by graphene as I should be?
Carbon has taken bikes to the limit where any further weight shedding may not be in the best interests of all riders. Let me explain – Cycling terrain generally undulates creating benefits and drawbacks depending on the rider and the bike. Inertia is also a benefit so light is not always the ONLY goal.
Carbon bikes are already safely at the tipping point of weight versus stiffness. By loosing several more grams on the frame and adding more stiffness by using graphene will work well in certain circumstances but is only one element in one bikes advantage over another. Carbon is fit for purpose as GRP, Glass-reinforced plastic is for high performance boats.
Graphene is still too expensive and challenging to process. Stocks in graphene, according to Nanalyze, is not yet an invetment opportunity and as a result the prices will not drop anytime soon. However we see an increase in the use of graphene oxide powder which is used to strengthen resin. I would be intrigued to understand how robust a full graphene bike will be to surface impacts and how abrasive resistant it will be in the future. This is where Carbon is not great.
I will let this one play out.
We make sure, as with all our bike shops, Sigma Sport are always satisfied with our service:
The frame arrived today and, as usual, the finish is excellent. Just wanted to say a massive thank you for getting this turned around so quickly.
It is very much appreciated.’
The BSI Assurance Mark is for organisations whose management systems have met or exceeded the requirements of the BSI standard or scheme. CBR is committed to the highest safety standards, customer service and workmanship. Merry Xmas and hopefully we don’t see you in 2018!
CBR UK team
Sorry for the delay in putting up a new post. I hope you are enjoying the new website at least. I hope all prospectors will feel confident that their bike is in good hands. After all the cycling community created us!
We are now looking forward to delivering improved lead times without compromising on safety and quality of finish. Our team is expanding to meet the increased demand we face every year so hopefully you will not be too inconvenienced while your bike is restored to your requirements. Keep an eye on the blog. We have some very exciting new tech coming and some news on a CBR near you!
Of course we are aware you only ever want to see us once..safe riding.
Take your favourite bike and come away with an inspiring personalised bike that is an extension of you.
Our client liked to introduce a Hummingbird concept to her bike. After some ‘mood boarding’ we sprayed the wonderful bird colours as an effect juxtaposed with a flat gold ‘tattoo’ graphic of the bird near the head tube.
The challenge to avoid a potentially embarrassing concept has been met with great joy. The net result is not wanting to ride the bike for fear of scratching it. Summer here she comes!
One of our oldest trade customers Simon Baxter from Cadenza Cycles in North Yorkshire drove down to sort out this rather precious Ferrari badged Colnago C60 on behalf of his client. Respect!
Being a particular client, understandably Simon chose to make the journey to CBR to ensure the best possible result.
The top tube was cracked and the fine detail of white and silver had to be reinstated. That was the easy part. Replacing the carbon uni-weave section to hide the repair was a bit harder. All good and complete within 2 weeks.
Come and get it Si!