Reynolds 653 forks: repair?
I am the proud owner of a broken pair of forks on my 2004 Dawes Audax. I believe the tubing is 653: not 100% certain of this. The forks broke through fatigue clearly initiated by corrosion at the low-rider mounts halfway down.
I am stuck in La Paz in Mexico on my Alaska to Panama ride, unable to locate compatible forks locally and facing time, expense and uncertainty in ordering from abroad.
My guess is that the forks cannot be safely welded for riding. Let me know if I am wrong about this. However, if I could repair them so the bike is pushable it would make it much easier to transport it on the ferry to mainland Mexico where I might have more luck with finding replacements.
Are there special requirements for welding this material? Or can I safely take them to any welding shop and get a bodge job to keep the bike rolling?
Thanks for any info.