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Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby tgoguely » February 20th, 2016, 2:22 pm

What are the options for repairing a Flo90 fairing that got punched through in a pileup? Is there anything that can be done?
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Re: Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby tgoguely » February 20th, 2016, 10:37 pm

Couldn't figure out how to post a picture, but the worst of it is seen here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCBfecNCoyS

There are a bunch of other detachments/cracks where the fibers have separated moving the fairing out of alignment :(
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Re: Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby Chris Thornham » February 22nd, 2016, 8:40 pm

tgoguely wrote:What are the options for repairing a Flo90 fairing that got punched through in a pileup? Is there anything that can be done?


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Re: Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby tgoguely » February 24th, 2016, 11:35 am

Thanks for the input Chris, everything managed to come back together amazingly quickly and I'll be back racing on the wheel this weekend. As soon as I'm done taping things back up I'll take pictures and post it all here.

While not necessarily "Flo-approved", it could come in handy for other Flo owners who find themselves in a similar situation! At the very least will be entertaining =)
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Re: Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby tgoguely » February 25th, 2016, 2:47 pm

OK, so with the wheel ready to roll for this weekends races, I figured I'ld post some pictures of the process.

Cat3 road race ended with me getting caught up in a crash, with at least 2 big dudes coming down over me afterwards, resulting in my rear Flo90 being severely bent and the fairing both punctured and cracked in 2 other places. After the immediate heart-sinking feeling of seeing a hole in my wheel, there was a sigh of relief knowing that a) the fairing is not structural and b) I didn't just ruin a $1K+ wheel had it been all-carbon!
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The warp was not so bad that it couldn't be fixed, but since it needed to be cold-set back in place (read: bent/hammered back) before proper truing, most shops didn't want to touch it due to the fairing complicating things. Fortunately I got recommended to a guy known for bringing wheels back from the dead, and sure enough, a couple hours later, the wheel was true as new.

Now onto the cosmetic/fun stuff :) Taking a dremel to the fairing, I cleaned up the cracked/torn areas of fiber so that I would have a clean edge, which also means that the fairing would align itself back. When fiber (fiberglass or carbon fiber) gets broken, it's pretty much impossible to get it straight again, as the interwoven fibers are no longer neatly seated amongst each other and you can't put them back. So the only option is to get them out of here.
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Once that was done, all that was left was to make things look pretty and aero again, courtesy of some electrical tape. Maybe down the road I'll look at some snazzy vinyl sticker options (like a zipper) but for now these will have to do. Also a bit of sanding to the brake track was required as it had gotten scraped up and gouged a bit from the pavement and we're all done!
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Stoked to have these fast wheels back in action and to have dodged an expensive bullet!
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Re: Flo 90 fairing crash/repair options

Postby Chris Thornham » March 2nd, 2016, 12:28 pm

Nice work! Glad to hear you had a shop look at the wheel for safety! Good move there.
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