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Old 04-08-08, 03:57 PM   #1
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Downtube Dent

Hey Im about to pick up this bike frame but it has a dent in it. Will this dent affect the functionality of the bike at all? http://www.almedagrill.com/temp/chromeo.html. He wants $225 for the bike, how much should I offer him. Im new to bikes so any help would be great. Thanks
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Old 04-08-08, 04:05 PM   #2
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1. what size.
2. what brand.
3. any other problems.

And then you should offer him 5 bucks and a case of beer. Everyone loves beer.
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Old 04-08-08, 04:11 PM   #3
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it will not affect the functionality at all. that's a small dent. the downtube is under tension (slingshot frames were made with cable down tubes, in fact), so it's not like that dent is going to lead to a crumple. anyway, it's a small dent. i wouldn't worry about it at all.

225 is just shy of the price of a new IRO frameset (250), which is also made out of 4130 chromo. i think you can try to knock the seller a bit down considering the dent. but on the flip side that fork is a bit nicer looking than the stock fork.
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its a bianchi pista frame, 49cm. 2005 frame i believe
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that's a pretty small frame. you sure it will fit you? how tall are you?
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If it's not dented, it's not NJS.
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no way. not for a dented pista. $150 is all i'd pay.
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It won't hurt anything, most likely, since it's such a small dent. The downtube is ordinarily a place where you want to be leery of dents, since it's under lots of stress while riding, but that one's so small it'll hardly matter.
For $225, though, you can find a nicer bike.
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Old 04-08-08, 06:33 PM   #9
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Don't Pay 250$, 150-175 no the dent one make the bike ass-plode
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mehh...u should always haggle
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For $225 you can buy an undented frame, or a used complete decent bike. Forget it.
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Old 04-09-08, 06:43 AM   #12
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you're fine, i've got an even bigger dent on the down tube of my bianchi. on a steel frame, significant dents could be a serious concern, especially on parts that typically experience a compression force such as the top and seat tubes, but this is not the case with the down tube.

as for the price, you really should be able to talk the seller down...
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