Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
I don't know if you're showing me a crash dent of some kind, or the normal chainstay crimp for chainring clearance (not counting the scratch).
If it's clean and near where the chainring passes close, it was probably there all along (can't tell from the photo).
Otherwise, it it's some kind of crash dent, the frame will fail sometime down the road. However it might be very far down the road, so far out that you never get there.
I'd have no qualms about riding it, since chainstay failure rarely has serious consequences beyond inconvenience. Monitor it for cracks in the area, and at the first sign of a crack, replace it. OTOH even if you ignore signs and it cracks clear through, nothing serious is likely to happen. It can even be field repaired well enough to get home.
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