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Old 05-21-09, 09:18 PM   #1
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Heaven, my Motobecane it went.



My Grand Jubile was killed today by the bumps on Burke Gilman Trail. Or may be it was the powerful Walmart cables I put on her that snapped the chain stay when I shifted. I don't think my weight or the accident she involved in earlier this year had anything to do with it. Luckily I was riding with my wife, so I was able to steal her bike and made her walk 16 miles back to the parking lot. Just kidding.
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No! No! No!

You were spinning along up a hill in the 53X11 cooling down after your sub 3 hr Century Tempo ride when you decided to sprint the last 200 meters up the 22% grade you were on. As you dialed it up to 600 Watts and your heart rate approached 80 bpm, your chain stay exploded as you passed a rider on Trek that you later learned was Alberto Contador.



May your Moto rest in peace.

EDIT: That will probably buff right out...........................
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If it's worth it to you, you could probably have a competent frame builder braze a new chainstay, or atleast a new dropout with longer tangs.
Glad you made it through unscathed.
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I'd try for the repair option. Too nice a bike to waste.
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Probably not going to save it. I have a Grand Record waiting for donor parts.
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Whoever brazed that dropout probably overheated it, a-la Benotto bottom bracket/seat tube.

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What really stinks is - with the break there, you can't even chop the rear triangle off to make a stool out of it.
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Whoever brazed that dropout probably overheated it, a-la Benotto bottom bracket/seat tube.
But that's 33 years ago, if the tube was overheated shouldn't it cracked a long time ago. That's does make a lot of sense, but I still think is the crappy Walmart cable.

Stool Huh? You got a picture?

Forgot to mention something really funny. After I pointed out the stay broke, the first thing that came out of my wife's mouth was "you got duct tape?". I swear she didn't learn that from me.

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No! No! No!

You were spinning along up a hill in the 53X11 cooling down after your sub 3 hr Century Tempo ride when you decided to sprint the last 200 meters up the 22% grade you were on. As you dialed it up to 600 Watts and your heart rate approached 80 bpm, your chain stay exploded as you passed a rider on Trek that you later learned was Alberto Contador.



May your Moto rest in peace.

EDIT: That will probably buff right out...........................
Just explain that it was narly.
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In a nutshell:

That sucks.

Sorry, bud.

If you don't want to fix it, at least don't toss it out: Someone in C&V would love to fix it up, I'm sure, and try a hand at brazing if nothing else.
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Not a 58 is it??
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I can't see why anyone want a broken frame. It is a Vitus 172 and not 531. I thought about cutting the tubes to save the lugs for future use but the tubes are metric. I am keeping the fork for another project and the Swiss threaded BB also. The frame is 57cm.

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Forgot to mention something really funny. After I pointed out the stay broke, the first thing that came out of my wife's mouth was "you got duct tape?". I swear she didn't learn that from me.
Pfft, everyone knows that's gonna need JB Weld
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Some people are just crazy.

Calling all Motobecane/Vitus 172 Experts
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Probably not going to save it. I have a Grand Record waiting for donor parts.
Convert it to a single speed/fixed gear with some Henry James conversion dropouts:



You could probably sell it in 5 minutes in Seattle if you decide not to ride it yourself. It would be a shame not to keep it on the road in some form.
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Southwest Frameworks in Dallas will replace a chainstay for $125...just sayin'.
I've never used them but I've heard good things.
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I can't see why anyone want a broken frame.
Uhm, have you ever read this forum?

It's steel, therefor infinitely repairable. No reason at all to throw that away.
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I can't see why anyone want a broken frame. It is a Vitus 172 and not 531. I thought about cutting the tubes to save the lugs for future use but the tubes are metric. I am keeping the fork for another project and the Swiss threaded BB also. The frame is 57cm.
Offer it to one of the fellows on the Framebuilding forum looking for a project.

Maybe Unterhausen might want it - just for the hell of it - if he isn't too busy?

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I'm curious if the crack goes through the vent hole on the inside of the stay?
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That's a bike boom stool

Mine is 531 and has Campy ends:

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"Why would anyone want a broken frame?"

Really? It's C&V, there is a limited and continually dwindling supply.
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My Grand Jubile was killed today
I'll take the derailleur off your hands for you
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