After a crash last summer, the inside of my fork leg was chipped by some rider's shifter entering the front wheel.
I know it looks bad, but:
There is no soft spots, and the carbon doesn't sound cracked. Both legs still feels stiff .
OKAY, I just pulled on both legs with some force, and heard a "CRACK"....(daymn!!!)
So my question is, do some members here have self repaired some carbon parts with carbon prepreg carbon fabric, with success, using household tools only (cause I don't own a vacuum autoclave oven ) ?
I'd use the fork on one of the kids's bikes...if it's safe...
It's only for a kid's bike.
What could go wrong?
How many drivers does a buggy have?
So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
I'm questioning the real strenght of a household repair versus a "pro shop" repair. Lots of people here seem to be good at carbon repairs, even building carbon parts good for everyday use by cyclists, racers, etc...
There are hundreds of brand new expensive WW stuff here I wouldn't put on my kids's bikes
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-Cost of equipment (vaccum system, bag, safety equipment for yourself/family, tools for finishing it off) (it does not come out of the bag 'shiny perfect' it needs work after that part)
-Cost of materials (resins, cf layers, discs for finishing)
-Your hourly rate (no, seriously: consider how much your labor and efforts cost per hour)
... and not even considering the cost of failure (if that should happen)...
is it MORE or LESS than the cost of a new, or even a decent used, fork?
Unless you really know what you are doing I would recommend you don't DIY.
I repaired all kind of stuff, also some forks, but it just isn't worth in my opinion. For example the repair can cost +50eur, and for some more eur you can get a fork that isn't damaged..
Otherwise for that kind of damages it's probably the best way to cut the area where it's cracked, make a carbon insert that is glued inside the fork, and then restore the rest of the damaged area from the outside. But it has to be done with the right layup, right materials, process,...and it's quite a lot of work, in my opinion just not worth. In the end it has to be also painted, clearcoated, polished,... It's a different story if it would be a frame with broken seatstays, where the forces aren't that high, but for a fork it's just not worth, even less if you don't have experiences and if that would be some type of experiment. So in my opinion rather let that cracked fork and get a new one. Imagine your cracked fork here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_Nb3MkvJFI
If it's still stiff while you press the droputs together that doesn't really mean anything..if it would fail, it would fail at the moment when there are big forces,..
My Dad's answer was to get the stem brazed back together---lol----I thought he loved me!!! ----anyway---never trusted that bike again.
Replace and rest assured. Money is only important if you're alive to spend it
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