Policy on Repairs to Carbon Fiber Bicycles and Components


Carbon fiber is not user serviceable. Over-torquing the threaded fasteners on a carbon fiber component can easily lead to failure. THE NUMBER ONE DAMAGED CARBON PART FROM OVER-TORQUING IS THE SEATPOST. NUMBER TWO IS THE STEERER TUBE. Both are very high stress items and should be replaced with metal. Carbon fiber composites should only be worked on by the skilled, informed mechanics. We do work on racers' carbon fiber dream machines: we we always inspect carefully before working and use torque wrenches and published torque limits.


(a) We will decline to work on a carbon fiber bike or component if the customer has worked on it themselves.


(b) We will not do any work on any bike with visibly damaged carbon fiber. Not even a flat tire! Bring us the wheel instead.


(c) We will not work on repaired carbon fiber frames repaired by anyone other than Calfee or the original manufacturer. We will not work on repaired carbon fiber forks or components. We will not work on repaired carbon frames unless you have a certificate from a reputable company.


(d) We will not work on any steel frame bike with a carbon fiber seat post because carbon fiber seat posts are forbidden in steel frames due to the pinching force of the clamp. Carbon fiber seat posts require that the clamping force be opposite or 90 degrees from the slot. Also, carbon and steel will bond together worse than any aluminum post ever has.


(e) Carbon steer tube forks must have the original stem of the same brand installed. Some stems are not compatible with carbon steer tubes. Carbon fiber steer tubes should NEVER have a star-fangled nut driven into them! Industry standard for spacers under a stem is 40 mm. Easton allows 50 mm.


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Spring 2020 Hours

Monday, Wednesay,

Friday, Saturday

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Closed Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Avoid COVID-19 by riding a bicycle!

"Oh-bike is a lifesaver! We're supposed to avoid the subways." 

Text from James' daughter in NYC

Riding a bike for your short commute or errands instead of riding in a shared enclosed vehicle (bus or Rapid or uber or taxi), avoids some of the highest risk environments for catching any disease, including the COVID-19.

It the Stay-at-Home order keeping you housebound to care for dependents? James is in this situation, and is saving (some of) his fitness and sanity by biking on a trainer. Upcycles has affordable used trainers and rollers to ride your bike in the sanctuary of your home.

Upcycles Bike Shop measures to provide a safe store environment

We are aware of the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio. Bike shops are classified as an essential transportation business under the Ohio Department of Health's Stay-at-Home order, so our store will remain open to the public. We are working diligently to provide the products and services you need, while keeping our store environment as sanitary and safe as possible.


Our employees are required to wash their hands between each customer interaction and follow other heightened hygiene requirements.

  • Before bikes are returned to the customer, they are wiped with disinfectant.

  • Our tools are sanitized after every repair.

  • Our store counters and door handles will be continually disinfected throughout the day.