Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northeastern USA
Bikes: 2007 Bianchi Castro Valley, 1985 Specialized Sequoia
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Bent seat stay... safe for dirt roads?
Hi, I posted this in framebuilding forum, but it might be better off here...
My steel frame (61cm 2007 Bianchi Castro Valley) was hit by a car at slow speed, bending the left seat stay inward slightly. It left a smooth bend, no kinks.
I took the bike to a frame builder who builds custom steel frames. He checked it out and straightened the alignment by cold-setting. He left the bend rather than fatigue the steel by straightening the bend.
He told me that I could basically keep riding it, but to keep an eye on the seat stay to make sure no cracks appeared, etc. He also said I shouldn't ride off-road with it. Thing is, since that time (4 years ago) my favorite rides by far have become dirt road/gravel rides -- bumpy, potholey dirt and farm roads, not singletrack. Also, I'm a pretty big guy at 6'2" 210lbs, if that matters.
So, experts, should I find a new frame and swap components or keep riding this frame? Would a picture help? The bend is hard to photograph.
Thanks in advance.