Join Date: May 2008
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Is my frame seriously damaged?
Hi, I shipped a bike and had it put together by a bike shop prior to my arrival. There's a good-sized dent and some fine lines - cracks? - in the top tube.
According to the bike shop owner - after I pointed out the dent to him - damage must have occurred in transit. It looks like the top tube was crushed by a clamp to me, though, and there's no other damage on the bike. Whatever happened has me concerned.
I'm attaching a couple of photos. The dark area in the first picture is actually the reflection of the camera lens in the dent, which gave me a good way to show the shape and size of the dent on a polished aluminum tube. The second photo shows the lines that formed above the dent.
You can also see the way the reflective straight lines along the top tube bend around the dent, which probably is about 1/8 inch deep. And you can see the general shape of the dent below the lines.
The bike shop owner said this damage was cosmetic only. Is that true, or could this be a death blow to my frame? I'm assuming there's no way to repair or mitigate this damage.
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Last edited by icyclist; 07-03-11 at 09:23 PM.