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    kickstand damage to chainstays

    I took a look at an old for-sale Raleigh Grand Prix today. When I turned the bike over, I noticed that someone had seriously cranked down a kickstand (no longer on the bike) and flattened the bottom of the chainstays - that is, unless someone can advise me that they're shaped that way, but I don't think so. I couldn't see any cracking around the BB but it gave me enough pause to pass on the bike. What do you think - is this just cosmetic, or did I make the right call?

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    I thought something like that happened on mine - when I posted pics I got a clean bill and the frame has held up fine under my 280#

    This is what it looks like at the start of its rebirth:

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    It was probably okay. My old steel fixed gear frame has the same deal.

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    Thanks for the replies. Probably too late for this bike, but I'll keep it in mind in the future. I suppose it's a pretty common defect.

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    Not necessarily a defect - I think it's manufactured flat spot so the kickstand has a surface to clamp to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    I thought something like that happened on mine - when I posted pics I got a clean bill and the frame has held up fine under my 280#

    This is what it looks like at the start of its rebirth:
    I'd be more concerned about the tires than a bit of rust!

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    Yes, many bikes have (or used to, anyway) come with this flat spot for a kickstand.

    Even if it was flattened out by the stand itself, I would not be terribly concerned with it. Except for cosmetic reasons, of course.

    jim

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    +1. This is all-too-common. Probably fine to ride, but it does make you mad at the original dumbass, doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
    I'd be more concerned about the tires than a bit of rust!
    Oh yeah - this was the first thing I was looking at because I was concerned about the dent. Changed about half the components since then...now all that's left are wheels to hold me up! (Whole story is in my sig under De-Evolution of a wheel )

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