Question on repairing a small bend in seatstay
Hi everyone, I've been on bikeforums a while, but it's my first post here... So bear with a "frame-newbie"!
I recently discovered that my beloved Lemond Fillmore has a bend on the drive side seat stay (see pic). It looks consistent with someone giving it a good kick while I had it locked up. My LBS check the frame & the good news is that it is not out of alignment, and it's fine for riding.
So the damage is cosmetic - and emotional, darn it!
What needs to be done to straigten it out - and can anyone recommend a framebuilder or shop in Toronto that can do this?
Thanks in advance for your help!
One thing you can try before taking it to a frame builder is get one of those trigger clamps like you can get at Lowes. I am not sure of the brand, maybe Stanley, mine is blue and has soft yellow padded clamps. The bike will have to be in a fixed position somehow so it won't move and leave the wheel in. Put one end of the clamp around the seat stay and the other around something that won't move and gradually close the clamp with the trigger and see if the stay will return. Its worth a try because it shouldn't hurt the paint and because the clamp closes only as much as you pull the trigger there isn't much chance in damaging the stay further. If it doesn't appear to be working, stop. I imagine there are other types of clamps as well. This is only an idea that comes to mind, I have never done this before. Good luck.
Depending on where the kink is, it might come out with the park frame bender tool. A bike shop would be able to do that.
On edit: a bike shop with a good mechanic will be able to fix that. Finding such a mechanic shouldn't be that hard. I would try to judge the shop's confidence in their ability to do a good job. The people that sent you away obviously are out of the running.
Last edited by unterhausen; 05-21-09 at 12:13 PM.
+1 for the Park tool, it will allow you to focus the leverage at just the right spot...basically the tool designed for what meech is describing.
Thanks for those tips! I will look around for the Park frame tool....