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    Broken Top Tube Cable Guide

    I broke this cable guide in a bike stand and wondering how bad the fix for it is. I would like to preserve the original paint. Is it possible to use one of those micro torches and heat the broken one to remove it then either braze a new one on in the same manner without damaging the paint (except on the guide of course, I have a touch up paint that is close in color to paint the guide) or could the new one be JB Welded into place?

    Where can I buy a single matching cable guide?




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    Yes, they're readily available:



    http://www.cycle-frames.com/bicycle-...E-2-LOOPS.html

    A fuel/oxygen torch would be best for this job. You will likely want to repaint afterward.

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    what about using one of the micro torches available in an attemp to not scar the paint

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    Even the most careful application of heat will end up toasting the paint on your top tube 3-4 inches in either direction...however, the paint should really (needs to be) be removed from that area and the metal properly prepped so that the repair job will have proper strength.

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    No way around it. Period.

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    Try the JB weld and see how long it lasts. If it doesn't work all you have lost is a little time. If it does work you get more time with the bike untill the next accident.
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    Visit your local welding supply store and purchase some welding heat sink compound. It's a putty that can be built up near your welding area to limit the heat damage. It won't be pretty, but it will be better than without.

    Or, drill out a hole on the underside of the new guide and mig plug weld it quickly in place.
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    Would it be possible to use a rivet on cable guide? It wouldn't look identical, but it might work and look okay if you paint it.

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