Greetings. I'm new here, but I've been rebuilding bikes since I was a kid. My latest project is what was my workhorse in my lean years; my Miele Astro road bike. It was my 4 season primary mode of transportation for a few years until I finally broke down and bought a car. Now I'm restoring it to take the place of my car (though, admittedly, not when the weather gets nasty anymore; I'm getting too old for that crap).
Here's a shot of the rear drop that broke:
I have some good friends at work who are good at mig welding (I do some myself, but I'm not as good as they are). We broke it off, pounded it back to shape, and mig welded it back on (lots of thanks goes to Rob and Reid). Here's the result:
I'm just curious if anyone has tried anything like this before, and how well will it hold up? Does ChroMoly take well to a mig weld? I plan on repainting the rear drops, but since it'll be my commuter bike, it's going to be parked where it could get stolen, so they're getting the black TremClad treatment.
Here's a shot of the stripped frame: