Can This Frame be Fixed?
My beloved 84 Trek 850 MTB (lugged, 531) was in a collision; causing a buckling on the down tube right below the joint at where it intersects the head stem. It also caused a slight tweak on the top tube and pushed (but did not bend) the front fork back about an inch. Though the bike still rides fine, my bike guy said it's toast and would cost more than the bike was worth (it WAS worth about $400) to try and repair it and even then, a re-weld would not be as good as new. Sound about right?