General Cycling Discussion - Used frames
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
10-15-05, 09:30 PM
I'm looking at some used lugged-steel bikes, and some of them have a minor dent in the frame (top tube), but are otherwise desirable bikes. Does a minor dent compromise the structural integrity of the frame, or should I go for one of these bikes if it's otherwise in good condition?
10-16-05, 07:26 AM
Minor dents in steel are usually no problem. I'd be reluctant to buy a dented aluminum bike, though, and would NEVER buy a dented carbon fiber one. Steel will deform a great deal before it cracks or tears. This isn't the case with other materials. Even dented steel retains a greater percentage of its initial resistance to deformation than other materials as well. If it's truely a minor dent and the price is right - go for it!
I concur, a minor dent in a steel frame is no problem. I've been riding an early-80's Miyata for over 10 years now with a minor dent in the top tube with no problems at all.
10-17-05, 10:33 PM
10-18-05, 10:14 AM
Same here, Small dent on my Trek 820 (Chromoly) top tube. No problems.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.