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Old 12-12-06, 05:19 PM   #1
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Hole drilled in frame, can it be fixed?

I picked up a 1988 Schwinn Voyageur that I really like. Took off the kickstand and found that someone drilled a hole through the cross tube between the chain stays to put the kickstand bolt through. The hole is about the same size as the inside diameter of the cross tube. Can it be repaired? Is it a worry? I want to do some weekend camping/rides with it so it will be somewhat loaded with front & rear panniers.
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It probably came with that hole from the factory - for mounting fenders (and kickstands, I guess) to. No worries.
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Yeah, it's normally there on bikes that accomodate fenders.
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It probably came with that hole from the factory - for mounting fenders (and kickstands, I guess) to. No worries.
No this one is obvously drilled by the previous owner and badly at that, there is almost no metal on either side of what is left of the crosstube where the hole is drilled. My worry is that it will soon break there and I don't know how critical that cross tube is for frame stiffness and integrity.

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I had a similar issue on an old steel tourer recently, but on mine the previous owner had partially crushed the chainstay bridge when installing a kickstand (I've never liked kickstands ) . I tried repairing it myself, but since the tube was crimped, I never got it to my liking. I posted a question about it on the framebuilder's forum, and the consensus was to just fill it with bondo and go. But I ended up finding a framebuilder who replaced the bridge for me for a reasonable price www.southwestframeworks.com and in my case with the crimped bridge I'm glad I did, as it's a very nice frame and the damaged bridge was going to bug me regardless. With yours just having a hole in the bridge, it would probably be fine as is, or you could fill the hole and repaint it. Stucturally, I don't think the bridge does much, although it surely stiffens the chainstays at least some. If you decide to have it repaired, the framebuilder can replace the bridge, and you'll need to prime and repaint the repaired area. Good luck-

edit: I just fixed the link to Southwest Frameworks

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