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bent frame(4 posts)

bent framenat_ct1
Jun 16, 2002 9:37 AM
i had a dispute with a car and lost i was wondering if a steel frame can be fixed,and will it be as strong after???
re: bent frameCT1 Guy
Jun 16, 2002 11:58 AM
Tough call and hope the damage to yourself wasn't too great. Yes, you can repair damage to a steel frame - small misalignments can be straightened out by an experienced framebuilder and tubes can be replaced provided the frame's of brazed or silver soldered construction. If its tig welded then most probably not. The only real option is to take it to a local framebuilder to assess the damage and to determine if its repairable. If you're having to have tubes replaced, then you also need to include the cost of a respray.
TIG frames are repairableNessism
Jun 16, 2002 2:07 PM
In fact, a TIG'ed frame may be easier to repair than a lugged frame in many instances. Just cut off the tube, grind off the old weld, miter a replacement tube and weld in place.

It's often quite difficult trying to get a tube out of a lug without damaging the lug unless it's brazed with silver. Even if you can get the tube out, it's a real pain to clean everything up to accept a new tube. In many cases, the best bet is to just scrap the old lug and braze on a new one. In either case, the work required is more involved than a TIG repair.

Ed
Unless it's a real high end, classic frame...Spoke Wrench
Jun 17, 2002 6:18 AM
it's probably going to be more cost expedient to just buy a new frame.