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Old 08-03-07, 01:05 AM   #1
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bike frame: to weld or not to weld

I have a Bianchi Volpe hybrid about 5 years old, it's been good commuter bike up until a few days ago when I was riding along and the frame cracked. The area this happened is a couple inches from where the bottom part of the frame meets the rear wheel area.

I have someone offering to strip the bike down, weld it, touch it up with spray paint (It's just a commuter I kind of want it looking bad) and putting it back together for 75. That seems reasonable to me, but I kind of want a lighter frame (Though I sometimes carry 50-ish lbs in saddlebags so I'm not sure if I should go lighter?). Should I have the frame welded or should I search on Craigslist/Ebay for a lighter frame? Any advice here would be appreciated. thanks, D
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Old 08-03-07, 01:36 AM   #2
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Have you spoken to the shop where you bought it about the possibility of replacing the frame under guarantee?
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Have you spoken to the shop where you bought it about the possibility of replacing the frame under guarantee?
I would try the shop first also. It might be covered under waranty. If not, then look for a new frame, provided your group is worth keeping.

From what you are describing, it sounds like the chainstay broke. I would take it to a frame builder not a welder. Most welders have little if any experience in welding thin wall tubing. He might do more harm than good.

Try posting this in the frame builders forum and good luck.

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