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    Need Opinions on this frame--is it saveable?

    I had hoped to build this old Fuji Mountainbike into a city bike, but am concerned about this frame. It shows classic evidence of a front-end crash, with the paint flaking off the tops of the downtube and top tube. The tubing is Tange butted cromoly, and aside from the paint damage is not visibly cracked or bent. Is this an automatic career-ender for a frame, or is it a cosmetic issue as long as the steel is not cracked? Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by epicurean View Post
    Is this an automatic career-ender for a frame?
    I'm not an expert on cracked frames (only broke one, a seam-welded Raleigh Blue Streak or was it a Record?) but from what I can see in the first photo, on the top tube, on the bare spot farthest from the head tube, I can see a crack in the rusty metal which radiates directly into the crack in the paint - meaning, that it is not just the paint that's cracked. I wouldn't give this to my imaginary worst enemy. Sorry! Don't tempt fate. Get out the hacksaw and have some wind chimes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrankyFranky View Post
    ...from what I can see in the first photo, on the top tube, on the bare spot farthest from the head tube, I can see a crack in the rusty metal which radiates directly into the crack in the paint...
    That line is some kind of shadow or dark spot in the pic...it's not there in real life. I hit it with some sandpaper and took another photo:


    So, assuming there are no visible cracks in the metal, still a no go? Thanks.
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    I can't tell if it's cracked or not, but it certainly looks to have been stressed by the way the paint crinkled.

    Looks kind of scary to me, just because of where it is.

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    what did you pay for it?

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    My bmx had simular stress lines (much smaller) where 'the frame had moved' after a serious bump. I kept my eye on it and that was almost 2 years ago. Prehaps put some wheels, bars and seat on the bike and see how it handles

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    As long as the metal isnt cracked its fine. Frame straightening tool are made to straighten that type of damage.
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