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Old 09-13-05, 06:07 PM   #1
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Broke my frame.

So last night I broke my frame, don't know how, didn't crash. It's a 70's Benotto, Italian one. It broke at the bottom of the seatpost tube where it meets the BB. My question, is it repairable? Where would one take it to get repaired? Its broken all the way through, not just cracked.
When I was a little BMX racer getting free bikes I was so siked to break frames, not so much anymore.
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Old 09-13-05, 06:15 PM   #2
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I say loc-tite it!
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Old 09-13-05, 06:17 PM   #3
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Im not a frame builder, but If the joint failed instead of the tubing, I think that would be much easier to fix.

post pics so we can gawk.
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Old 09-13-05, 06:19 PM   #4
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Holy mackeral! I was just eyeing a Benetto in a used bike shop today. Is it the 1600? Pics! I bet it is repairable, but it might cost a pretty penny.
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Old 09-13-05, 06:35 PM   #5
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I say loc-tite it!
What, are you trying to get the guy killed?! *sigh ...*

Here's what you want to do *:

The Eyefloater Home Metal and Composite Repair Technique (TM)

1. Sand around the immediate area surrounding the break and clean the surface.
2. Coat the break with a fine bead of carpenter's glue.
3. Cover the first layer of glue with crazy glue. This will be a load bearing layer of glue, so don't skimp.
4. Over the crazy glue, apply a light dab of blue loctite (make sure it's blue!).
5. "Welding" is simply a marketing ploy. Common household solder can be applied (sparingly) at this point around the break.
5. Wrap break area in duct tape (another load bearing layer, so wrap around 3x).
6. Repaint, and you're done!

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*Holy sweet Jesus am I ever joking. If you're a complete moron, step away from the internet and don't do what I just wrote (this isn't directed at the initial poster).
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Old 09-13-05, 06:46 PM   #6
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Steel is always repairable, it's just a matter of whether it's worth the time and money. Is it a lugged frame?

edit: I'd think you could find a reputable framebuilder in SoCal who can do the repair for you. Do some googling and call around.
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Old 09-13-05, 07:23 PM   #7
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5. "Welding" is simply a marketing ploy.
Hahahahhahahaha. Love it. Man, all these years I was trusting a marketing ploy under me. I'm gunna go break all those useless welds and throw down a sick bead of Krazy Glue.

In all seriousness, bring it by a metal shop or welder, it'll cost like 15 bucks and take 10 minutes. Please dont glue or locktight that joint.
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Old 09-13-05, 07:44 PM   #8
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Jeremy you are a photographer for heavens sake. Post some photos of the frame.
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JB weld?
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5. "Welding" is simply a marketing ploy.
Does this make anyone else think of the episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus with the apartment buildings built by a magician, the only catch being that the people living in them have to believe in them to keep them from falling down?
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there's always the bill and ted method, chewing gum!
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Can't remeber where, but I remember seeing a repaired seat tube, but I think the repair was only about 1/4 of the way down the tube. Is the crack right at the BB or is there a bit of tubing to play with? Depending on how far up the separation is from your BB, a competent framebuilder might be able to braze a sleeve on the crack.
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