Dances a jig.
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Central, Ok
Bikes: 2007 Surly Long Haul Trucker 54cm (Commuting/Wanna' go tour so bad), 1985 Trek 670 21" (Road), 2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara 17" (MTB), Cannondale DeltaV 600 (commuterized MTB), some junker bikes in my garage
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Cracked BB Shell
Hello everybody. Here's the story, I just bought a 1996ish Specialized Rockhopper A1 Comp (aluminum frame) from a guy for $40 to make a commuter out of. The components were a bit rough, but the bike had potential. After the half and hour drive, when I got home I flipped the bike over, and noticed a hairline crack running across the width of the bottom bracket shell. It is a little to one side of the drain/screw hole for the cable guides.
So my question is, is this safe to ride? It will be a commuter so the most it will see is a drop off a curb, or going through a pothole. It doesn't seem to pose a threat structurally because of the triangulation of the frame. I mean the whole frame couldn't suddenly split in half because of the top tube/seat stays holding it together. I thought about just putting some JB Weld epoxy in the crack and calling it good enough. I don't know though, and that's why I'm asking.
I'll post pics later, camera has to charge, grr.