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    Abuse Magnet arex's Avatar
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    Hi-Ten steel frames and Clydes...

    First off, I'm 320 lbs.

    I'm rebuilding an old Raleigh Sports with a 2030 high-tensile steel frame, rather than chrome-moly. I had to cold-set both front and rear drop-outs to accommodate new wheels. What worries me is that cold-setting the frame and fork was much easier than I thought it would be (though I admit to being something of a gorilla), and this leads me to question whether the frame will be able to handle my weight without damage.

    Any thoughts or observations? If I need to bench the bike until I can lose a decent amount of weight, so be it...I just don't want to damage it.
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    No direct help here since I'm not a clyde and my raleigh sport is much older I think, but my hi-ten 72 I believe takes an inordinate amount of force to cold set it from being such old steel! I don't think you have much to worry about, they sure overbuilt these suckers.
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    Cool...thank you. That's good to know.
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