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Old 05-02-21, 01:28 PM
Arthur Peabody
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Could I have un-bent my aluminum frame?

A month ago a motorist drove into it. The firefighters on the block were nice enough to take it in and keep it for me until I could get around to it.
I'm about ready to start riding again, I think. The bumper hit the left crank arm, bending it so much that it hits the chain stay. The string test measured
one side 5 mm further out than the other. The rear dropouts, originally spaced 135mm, were spread to 140. I put a big bolt on it, slowly cranked it down to 126, 2mm/day.
When I remove the bolt now it measures nearly even. If I re-build it, try to ride it, will it break at the weakest spot? Will it wobble? Would holding a heat gun on the stays
for a while help?
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