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COMPONENT FAILURE MUSEUM

The main sections of the museum are listed below;

Metal Fatigue
Manufacturing Faults
Bicycle Components
Corrosion
Polymers
Composite Materials

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Bicycle component failure section

Bicycle saddle bolt failure
The screw securing this saddle broke.

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Bicycle hub failure
This road bike hub caused the rear wheel to collapse as 4 spokes pulled out.

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Bicycle brake bolt failure
This front brake assembly broke off under braking and severely injured the cyclist.

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Pedal crank failure.
A fatigue crack caused one crank to fail and unseat the rider.

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Pedal crank failure II
Another fatigue failure.

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Fatigue cracks in steel cycle frame.

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Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer
frame failures.

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Cycle rims - corrosion and manufacturing problems.

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Titanium seat post failure.

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Aluminium seat post failure

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See this site for more Bicycle component failures
http://www.pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-001/000.html (Opens in new window)

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