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Old 03-15-08, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Abneycat View Post
There are some pictures on Flickr of people whose chainstays end up flattened after drilling like that, but the chainstay bridge in that case also looks like the owner had let it rust too much, so it could have simply been neglect.

I emailed Xtracycle about it when I was doing mine and faced a similar problem (but that was that the chainstay bridge was actually too far away to get the bolt on the other side), and they said its just fine to have the bolt *before* the bridge as long as it still sits snug. Hopefully your solution will work out well for you though, and congratulations on the 'X!
I bought two of the aluminum front attachment plates since I didn't know what the problems might be going in. I was concerned about drilling the bridge as well, but decided it would be a good idea anyway as it would help center the bolt and keep it there. Tightening the bolt didn't flatten the bridge, but just in case, I think I'll use the extra attachment plate on TOP of the chainstays, and still run the bolt down through the bridge. This will take the pressure off the bridge, but still allow it to locate the bolt and hold it centered in place.

At least half of my daily mileage is on dirt roads and some of it is riding down irrigation furrows in the citrus groves where I work. Should be a pretty good test of the durability of the Xtracycle.

Thanks for the comments.

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