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adding brazons???(4 posts)

adding brazons???rdksn
Jul 25, 2002 6:12 AM
I have an older bike with a cr mo frame. The frame does not have the brazons to attach pumps and water bottle cages directly to the frame. Is there a way to add them on now, I want to be able to attach thing directly with out putting straps aound the frame tubes.
Any framebuilder could do it ($$), or maybe...Silverback
Jul 25, 2002 7:30 AM
A framebuilder could do it, if there's one near where you live. It's not going to be cheap, and it will trash the paint, so you'll have to deal with that.
Also, I vaguely (REALLY vaguely) remember a tool for riveting the threaded inserts into a frame tube. You drilled a hole, then put the thing in and squeezed the handle and it crimped the back of the insert, then broke off. Might check with a Cannondale dealer--I think they used them to replace braze-ons in the early C-Dales, when the originals broke and rotated freely.
re: adding brazons???DeRosaOrBust
Jul 25, 2002 2:02 PM
The braze-on's are not that expensive to add. There are a few frame builders you can send it to who will do it for about $20 a braze on. However, the frame will then need to be repainted. That is rather expensive. Airglow repainted an old derosa for me for about $300. When you add up everything, it might just be worth buying a used frame on ebay for half the price. Unless it's a frame that fits you well.
An alternativeKerry
Jul 25, 2002 5:20 PM
You can attache a bottle cage with radiator hose clamps. It sounds kludgey, but there used to be bottle cages on the market that used hose clamps and they looked OK. Not all cages will work with hose clamps, but many will. Protect the paint with a wrap of cloth bar tape, heavy electrical tape, or chain stay protector. For the head tube pump peg, use a zip tie around the head tube with the "bump" located where you want the pump peg. A frame this old doesn't deserve the cost of brazing and repainting unless it is a real classic, and then you wouldn't want to change it anyway.