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Old 02-04-07, 03:01 PM   #1
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Removable brake arch

Hello all,

I have an old ALAN aluminium frame i bought recently, and i was taking a look at the rear brake arch noticed that it was screwed in on both sides. Now, i'm sure it's glued too, but if i heat it up a bit and take it off, will it really affect the structure of the frame?

Also, does aluminium reacts differently to steel when exposed to a naked flame?

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Old 02-05-07, 05:10 PM   #2
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I can start an answer for one of your questions. Aluminum is a different animal when it comes to the 'naked flame'. When it reaches a certain point it will just fall apart. I have not worked that much with it so the other guys on here will have to explain it in more detail. If you have some 'scrap' around you could do a 'when does it melt and fall apart test. Good luck on your build.
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Old 02-05-07, 07:51 PM   #3
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Those old Alan frames (tubes bonded into lugs, right?) are SUPER flexy. Normally, you could take out a bridge without making a big difference- but on that frame, it might end up being a prblem.
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