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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:46 am 
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Got involved in a 30 bike pile up in a race 2 weeks ago. luckily, the bike looks to be okay except for one small problem:

During the crash my down tube bottle cage (Elite custom race) was somehow ripped right off the frame. I suspect this has caused some damage to the water bottle cage mounts female threading because one of the bolts requires a heck lot of force to screw in , definitely more than what feels right, and the bolt isn't going in perfectly straight.

Now I like to drink water on my rides as much as the next person, and lacking a bottle cage could be a problem in longer races; and I'd hate to write off a frame just because of such small problem. Any Solution?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:10 am 
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Where do you live?
We can suggest qualified persons.

A local composite repair service will take care of this issue.
Carbon fiber is a composite material. :)

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5mm x 0.8 tap

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:38 pm 
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does the mount show any sign that it's been twisted/pulled out of position?

if not, it may be that only that the bolt has stripped in the mount so that the threads are clogged - especially if you had proper ww aluminium screws - you may be able to chase out the debris with a needle, or use a tap

also, minor damage to the thread should be fixable, mechanic can recut it with a tap, or you can get a tap and diy, as above, an m5x0.8 taper tap

but if the thread is badly damaged, or the frame-mount bond is affected, that needs more expert attention

worst case, elite do some zip-tie cage mounts, ugly, but functional


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Photos would help in the diagnosis

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:24 am 
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Yes, pics. Or at least details of the type of bike, material, etc. Some frames use rivet nuts. Then all you have to do is remove the old one and install a new one.


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