Framebuilders - repairing seat tube on world tourist
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I know that these are terrible photos, but I really don't want to go back out through the rain to try again right now.
I have a Schwinn world tourist, with a tear on the bottom of the compression groove for the seat collar on the top of the seat tube. I tried putting some arrows in there to show where it is. the discoloration above it is just chipped paint.
The frame is to small for me, so I would like to get it a home with someone who would find it worthwhile to try to either live with it or fix it. So is this frame salvagable? Should I ebay it? throw it away?(actualy not going to happen).
any suggestions welcome
tried again. these are bad pictures, but my good cammera is not allowed in my workshop
12-13-08, 07:44 PM
Those photos are very poor. Can't see crap other than a blurry line that I assume is a crack based on what you said.
I'd say the frame is junk. On a good day, a frame like that in good shape is only worth $100 anyway.
As a side note, if you use a long seat post the frame is safe to ride. If you are similarly picky about your bike as you are about your photography, I'd just ride the frame until it cracks in half.
yes the blurry line is the crack, better photos should have been waited for. Probably a mistake not to.
If its junk fine. not looking for any money out of it. I would give it away if someone wanted it enough.
and thanks for the sneery comment.
12-13-08, 09:26 PM
Sorry, should have added a few "winks";) No offense intended, but a little jeering was.;)
No problem I admit that those photos are crap. I just figured that they would possibly suffice to show where the problem was. The thanks was actualy sincere. Though I was a bit insulted. my bikes are all carefully inspected every morning to make sure that all the cracks are still the same.
Ironicaly I have three art degrees and make my living as an artist. I just can't take every picture with my 35 mm SLR. Not fast enough for this computer stuff.
As I said, not that interested in the money, just don't want to ever be the guy who strips down something of legitimate interest to a collector, regardless of it actual value. Call me a purist.
But if it is junk, that actualy makes me happy, because the nervar crank is in great shape and will look really good on my retro velo orange stye wannabe bike.
12-19-08, 02:55 PM
Delver, lets talk about the crack, like ness said a long seat post and you'd be fine, but for peace of mind I'd fill the crack with some brass. I'd drill the ends of the crack too. Also cracks like that are an indication someone used the wrong size seat post and the over-tightened the seat pin to compensate, so make sure you have the correct size seat post, which can be a funky size on old schwinns.
I know it's not a high dollar bike but those old schwinns have character, something many bikes these days lack, and if it's otherwise in good shape, why not keep it in working order? another bike on the road is a good thing in my book. It's a 15 minute repair, which any bike shop could have done back in the 50's or 60's. now everything is disposable. No one cares to know what repairs can be safely done and what damage is irreparable . If you were in Portland Or I'd do it for you. Seat collar damage and stuck seat posts are the most common things I fix.
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