How to use composites to fix your ride after the bike takes a nap.

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  1. ebrabaek

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    Just finished a two day adventure ride in Colorado on my 12GS. I think we were 35-40 riders total, and some minor carnage and one broken leg, but generally all went well. I have shared many composite projects on both the 8GS and the 12GS forums, and thought I would share this as well. When your bike takes a nap and you break say a clutch lever....Brake lever, or anything really, I will show you how about $5 worth in parts can get you rolling in just a few minutes.

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    Seeya @ 3pm MST then...... Skaaaaaal.:-):beer
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    Great job !!!
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    Where should we get the 2" carbon tape?
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    Thanks Erik.
    Unfortunately my laptop was running @ 100% on the CPU, so it tilted a couple of times, which is unfortunate, but I suppose it did the job.
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    Cheapest way is via ebay. Search for 2 inch carbon fiber tape.
    I get my CF from here: ( 5.7 oz bi directional tape)

    http://uscomposites.com/carbonpage.html

    But it matters not, as we are not trying to build a boat, but merely to get you and your bike home. After you get home, I dare you to break it though......:-)
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    Thanks... ordered some. I've been using stainless steel wire, JBweld and duct tape. Fixed 2 broken clutch perches on XT250's on our last summer CO ride with it. Bad design. This will make a nice addition to the kit.

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    Agreed. May not have been pretty, but it got the job done and got you home. Had this been the proposed fix for the CF tape/epoxy matrix, you would have wrapped it instead of the clutch lever, and then just e-taped it. You can also find 1 inch CF tape for more demanding areas such as your bracket in question. Well done.
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    Anything short of a busted crankshaft can be repaired with safety wire, JB Weld and duct tape. One should always carry these and both a wire cutting and a needle nosed vice grip along with some form of Leatherman multi-tool.

    Absolutely.:beer
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    Looks like someone has found a way to make this idea Walmart simple. I am looking into the rest of your threads on the topic though as my job and own personal interests really like the use of composites.

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    Strips of denim with CF goo or resin will work in a pinch as a bike utility bandage as well.
    People make knife handles and stuff from it. Turns it into a hard fiber-polymere kind of sammich.

    http://www.cartercrafts.com/micarta.htm
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