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Should I retire my frame??(13 posts)

Should I retire my frame??lazy8
Aug 20, 2003 6:29 AM
I've been riding my old Di Bernardi (Cromor) for over twelve years now. I can honestly say it doesn't owe me a dime. So far I've re-painted it, replaced the bottom bracket, seat, pedals, a broken spoke on the rear wheel, a few chains, some bar tape and tires. It still rides like a dream but the drivtrain is in need of replacement. I'm still friction shifting a six speed frewheel. I'll replace everything but the seat and pedals.
Will this frame outlast me, or will at some point, get tired of me and throw me to the pavement?
I don't race and only ride this bike two days a week, commuting one day and Saturday rides totaling about 65 mi/week. I've been lusting for a steel cross bike but can't afford both. Yesterday I saw a new Bianchi steel cross fame for under $400. Now I can't make up my mind.

Thanx for the help
Why not hold onto to it???biknben
Aug 20, 2003 6:47 AM
The frame is fine, right? You will probably have compatability issues if you try to put new components on it. Can you afford to get a new rig while keeping this one as a beater/commuter/rain bike? Sounds like a fixed gear conversion waiting to happen.

I don't see any reason to retire it unless you hope to sell it or don't have room for it.
I agreewspokes
Aug 20, 2003 7:06 AM
And then stop on over at the retro forum and chat about the comforts of old!
Compatibility?Rusty Coggs
Aug 20, 2003 7:49 AM
Maybe 126 dropout spacing vs 130 for current stuff.Not a real issue with a steel frame anyway.
That what I was thinking...biknben
Aug 20, 2003 8:12 AM
Some people get all bent with the spacing isn't perfect. I thought it was worth mentioning, that all.
horizontal dropouts?ColnagoFE
Aug 20, 2003 7:27 AM
you could always make it into a fixie!
re: Should I retire my frame??Rusty Coggs
Aug 20, 2003 7:50 AM
Steel does not fail suddenly.Check for cracks and rot.
Aug 20, 2003 7:56 AM
Two bikes are better than one. Keep your road bike, just replace the stuff that is worn out. You can build up a nice Suley Cross Check (steel cross frame) for less than $1000.
Aug 20, 2003 7:57 AM
that would be Surly, not Suley
re: Should I retire my frame??Spoiler
Aug 20, 2003 8:03 AM
It is ok to have two bikes!LC
Aug 20, 2003 10:46 AM
You may never kill that bike; but you wan' need a new bike!

Make it your rain bike or a fixed gear, or even the bike you don't mind leaving locked up when you go somewhere.
Yes it is, but they often breed. nmdzrider
Aug 20, 2003 11:17 AM
Aaaahhh, so that's where they all came from...The Walrus
Aug 20, 2003 11:30 AM
...when I thought I'd
i bought
all of them I was sure I'd lost my mind.

Is there somewhere I can have them neutered? This is getting out of hand....