Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - old panasonic frame
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I have a old panasonic that i would like to convert to a ss. Problem is that some of the joints on the frame are not sealed? Is there a way to fix this?
Sounds like the lugs were not completely filled when the frame was brazed. Considering that it's held up so far, I wouldn't worry about it. There may just be a some gaps near the ends of the lugs. The only proper way to fix it would be to use a torch and rebraze the joints. You would need to repaint the frame afterward.
09-06-04, 09:15 PM
If it really bothers you, there's always the tried and true method involving Bondo and a phone card. Granted, it wouldn't make anything stronger, but it would fil the gaps.
You can try the bike shop at Irving and 17th .. Emey's old shop. The guy there used to be on 25th and 7th Ave and does decent work.
09-07-04, 04:12 PM
Heres a pic of the frame.
Im thinking about using epoxy.
10-25-04, 03:22 PM
Hmm I'd see if you could get that brazed by a welder locally. Shouldn't be too hard. I wouldn't ride it like that though, but I'm also a bigger guy than most folks around here.
10-25-04, 03:22 PM
Is that aluminum?
If so I would throw it away... Epoxy might or might not hold.
10-25-04, 03:30 PM
It's a joined frame, not lugged or welded. Can we get a shot of the rest of the bike? As far as I know, only really expensive bikes were joined. I've only seen one, a rare Colnago.
I don't know how the sleeves were attached to the tubes though, so I can't say anything useful regarding the repairability of your frame.
It was my first messenger bike.
10-25-04, 03:55 PM
There has got to be some way to repair it, just need to find the right person. Do not try JBweld. I admit to 'fixing' a broken casting on a Kawasaki engine prior to selling it that way.
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