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Old 11-15-11, 03:24 PM   #1
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Tweaked Raleigh Pro Frame worth saving?

I have a '78 Raleigh Pro that I bought cheap for the components. It has damage from a front end collision - the top and down tubes are bent slightly down. I can't bring myself to toss it though- it is in otherwise excellent condition. Crying shame really. Is this something that a frame builder would want for parts, or to replace the top and down tubes and restore? I don't need it - it's not my size. I just hate to see it junked. (Sorry - no pics yet. Oh, and yeah - fork's bent.)
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If the damage is "slight" it can often be repaired relatively easily.


Forks can be similarly cold-set in a variety of ways.
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If you don't want it, I'll take it so I can practice my frame repair skills.
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You might consider selling it cheap to someone who is willing to fix it. As Auchen showed, the frame may be fixable without replacing the tubes. The fork might be another issue.

You know it seems to me with a little ingenuity, you could build one of those.....
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Depending on degree of bend, it may be able to be fixed by someone, though will probably need a repaint. Tubes COULD be replaced, but would get expensive.
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This is encouraging. I'll take some pics and post it for cheap in the sale section. Thanks all.
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If the damage is "slight" it can often be repaired relatively easily.


Forks can be similarly cold-set in a variety of ways.
Auchen, I am about to do the same thing to a frame I have lying around. Is it ok to do this with the headset cups still on the frame?
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I think the best thing to do is find a 1" BMX fork and headset to put on your frame before trying to rebend it straight. A steel headset.
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