Now that we’ve had carbon frames in our lives for a couple decades, it’s time to shed some of the paranoia about it. Like the cautionary monster movies of the early atomic era, there were strange tales of carbon frames melting if they come in contact with too much sunlight, too much water, or even a spec of petroleum-based grease. And when our handlebars went to carbon, or rather, much later when they got long enough to merit cutting, we afraid that, at the sight of a hacksaw, they’d unravel like a sweater caught on a nail.
Not so. Here, we’ll assure you that, if you need to grease a creaky carbon headset cup, bottom bracket cup, pivot or axle interface, you can do it with any normal grease and you won’t dissolve your frame. Likewise, if you need to cut your bars, you don’t need a clean room and a carbon mold. A $9.00 carbon hacksaw blade helps, though. A piece of packing tape around the part of the bar you’re cutting will help keep the splinters in line, and any old guide will help keep your line in line. Basically, if you’re worried about carbon, as long as you don’t mean carbon emissions, you can probably relax.