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    Is this crack worth repairing? [PICS]

    I recently picked up a Motobecane Super Mirage frame for $50 to convert it to a FG. The frame itself is in decent condition, except that there is a sizable crack in the headtube. Pictures are below. Is this worth repairing? How much can I expect to get it welded?

    Thanks!

    As you can see, the crack follows the contour of the lug and then wraps almost all the way around.





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    The head tube no because the welding tempreatures would compromise the lugs...but the head tube can be replaced by a bike builder so it will look new. One of the advantages of a lugged steel frame. It will cost, however. Google bike builders in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanster04 View Post
    The head tube no because the welding tempreatures would compromise the lugs...but the head tube can be replaced by a bike builder so it will look new. One of the advantages of a lugged steel frame. It will cost, however. Google bike builders in your area.
    How much would you say would be a reasonable price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    How much would you say would be a reasonable price?
    You need to contact a bike builder. They will all give a reasonable price based on the materials and labor. I am going to hazzard a guess of $100 to $150 but, I really don't know.

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    more than what the frame is worth...the head tube would have to be heated up and pulled out, a new headtube would have to be brazed in place. plus paint...its not going to be cheap.
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    Just replacing the headtube would cost upwards of $200 including the tube. Then you have to deal with the paint, an additional cost.

    Scrap the bike and get a new one

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    Were you made aware of the crack when you bought the frame? If not you may be able to work out a refund from the seller. I agree the repairs will cost far more than the frame is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    The frame itself is in decent condition, except that there is a sizable crack in the headtube.
    Lol...!

    That bike is not worth a frame repair unless it is something really special. I have to ask though, why did you buy a cracked frame?
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    that "crack"is bigger than the crack of dawn!

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    This sounds harsh, but I think you got had. Do you have any recourse?

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