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Would you or wouldn't you EBAY question(12 posts)

Would you or wouldn't you EBAY questionPaulCL
Sep 4, 2003 10:13 AM
Last May, I had to replace my Colnago Bititan frame becuase I found a hairline crack at the seattube-toptube junction. I had it checked by a Ti welder who said it could be fixed but it would cost a few $100. I opted to buy a new frame since it was six years old.

Fast forward four months. The frame is sitting in my basement. My wife wants me to throw it in the garbage, but I just can't bring myself to to do it. OK, I rode that great frame for six years and I'm attached to it. It deserves better than Wednesday morning's trash.

Here's my question...short of tossing it, would anyone buy such a frame on EBAY?? I would fully disclose the hairline crack, of course. Just curious. If not, I was thinking of hanging it in my office as a piece of art. It is a beautiful "Art Decor" frame.

ebay it with full disclosure nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 10:14 AM
Yes, and then prepare to be amazed at how much it brings (nm)Crankist
Sep 4, 2003 1:23 PM
It'll more than likely get bid on by the TI welder. nmTom C
Sep 4, 2003 10:57 AM
Post a picFez
Sep 4, 2003 10:59 AM
Sounds kind of unique. Do you have a picture either as a frame or as a bike?

I heard bits and pieces of your story over the months. Didn't you find someone that could fix the crack on the cheap?
Post a picPaulCL
Sep 4, 2003 11:12 AM
I will post a pic, but you can't see the crack on the pic because it is so small. I'll have to post tonight since the frame and the digital camera are at home.

I brought it to a Ti welder. These guys work on the turbo prop fans for GE jet engines. He tried to do a fast and easy Ti weld, but it didn't hold. The welder said it could be fixed, but not without spending some "time" on it. Translate: costing me bucks. He offered to continue working on it, but I had to talk to his boss first about arranging some sort of payment. I said thanks, but no thanks. I was hoping for a cheap fix, but it was not to be. Maybe someone else experienced with Ti bike frame repair could do it quickly and cheaply.

My plan was to put it on a shelf in my office as "art". Since that time, I have purchased a cheapy frame (a Tsunami from that I want to build up. So if the Bi-titan is worth anything on EBAY, it may be worth selling so I can buy my components.

My photo's are all greater than 200kPaulCL
Sep 4, 2003 5:14 PM
How do I get them to be a smaller size so I can post the picture on this board??
Sell it to russ, he'll paint it and put a 'Specialized' decal!nmSpunout
Sep 4, 2003 11:20 AM
Not with double downtubes!PaulCL
Sep 4, 2003 11:38 AM
Can only be a Colnago - nothing else. But good idea
already have a Ti Colnago... don't need one badged as a Spec.russw19
Sep 4, 2003 6:41 PM
besides, I wasn't the one who did that, that was The Bull.

I wouldn't think of defacing a Colnago like that. And I wouldn't build a "Cloanago" as he calls it, not that it isn't funny.

re: Would you or wouldn't you EBAY questiongeeker
Sep 4, 2003 1:01 PM
Didn't those Bititan frames have a poor track record of breakage? There may be an ample supply of cracked ones out there. I wouldn't do it. The listing, packing and shipping wouldn't be worth the trouble IMO. I don't see any moral problem, though, provided the crack is fully disclosed and pictured.
Call your nearest framebuilderAlexx
Sep 4, 2003 5:43 PM
The good tubes (especially the seat tube) are worth something to any good framebuilder. Give him a call, ask him to make an offer.