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Old 04-03-14, 09:07 PM   #1
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Dent in seat tube

Today I noticed a very small dent on my Bianchi Pista's seat tube. It's very small and I only found it because of the way the light hit it. If I run my hand over the area I can just feel a shallow spot. The bike isn't that old and I've never hit the area so I'm guessing it came that way. My question: is it safe to ride? I certainly don't need a tube failure while going down a hill at 30 mph. I suspect this isn't an issue but I figured someone here could answer the question better than me. I've attached a picture but you can't really see anything other than a slight diffraction of the light.
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Old 04-03-14, 09:21 PM   #2
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Yes it's safe to ride. It's extremely unlikely to fail suddenly within your lifetime.
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Old 04-04-14, 09:27 PM   #3
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Yes it's safe to ride. It's extremely unlikely to fail suddenly within your lifetime.
Thanks for the reply! Good to know it's OK.
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+1 on safe. That dent is so minor as to be negligible and the seatube is not a highly stressed part. Even a major failure there should not cause an accident. As FB noted, the bike will likely outlive you.
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Old 04-06-14, 01:09 PM   #5
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I've had a couple of small dents in my downtube for the last 10 years (40K miles). It's an ALU frame I bought for $200 15 years ago - in other words, just about the cheapest.
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