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Old 03-12-19, 12:45 PM
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Just reread the OP, saw this:

"...somehow get the frame to break (I have this notion that it's very frail)

Ha! Steel frames are tough. Japanese built frames have very few defects. Miyata didn't use ultrathin tubing on their touring bikes.

Even then, it is quite possible you'll crash and bend the frame. In that case, it almost certainly can be repaired. I've had several frames come through my shop that many on this very forum thought were toast, but were recovered, usually with some simple cold setting. If it gets scratched up, repaint it if you're concerned about appearances. If it gets dented, you can have it filled and repainted.

Steel frames are much much more durable than what most people think.
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