Great Lakes - Chicago Area Frame Repair
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10-12-09, 07:26 PM
I recently picked up a 2005 Trek 520 on Ebay. The bike is in decent shape, but has a slight dent in the top tube (approx 1/16-1/32 inch deep).
Since I plan on making this a year-round commuter, I was planning on powdercoating, but I wanted to know about fixing that top tube first.
1) Does a dent like that compromise the frame integrity?
2) Where can I go to get it repaired pre-powdercoating?
3) Where can I find replacement decals?
Thanks for your time!
10-13-09, 05:28 AM
I can't help for #2 & 3 but I'm curious myself. As to #1, it is prob no big deal however none of us can be sure because we've not seen it. We'd all be guessing.
Take it to you LBS and ask them to look at it...they'll give you a solid answer.
Small dent, no big deal. I'd fill it with bondo before painting, ask the PC company what they recommend.
10-14-09, 08:20 AM
Decals are available for a couple guys on Ebay. One is called Cyclomondo, or close to that I think. I purchased a complete set of vintage Raleigh decals from him for $45 a few months back.
10-14-09, 09:01 AM
If you're on the North Shore or close, take it to RRB Cycles on Green Bay Road in Kenilworth, Il. The owner there (Ron Boi) is a frame builder and does repairs. I've had him do some work in the past, and I think he'll give you an honest assessment.
Other places with a lot of knowledge and experience are Cycle Smithy on Broadway near Fullerton, and (if they are still in business) Gary's Cycles, around 6300 N. Clark in Chicago.
Some other thoughts: The Pony Shop, Roberts Cycles, Oscar Wastyn.
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