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Old 07-07-11, 09:06 AM
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Bent Rear Dropout


I did a search for this topic but found nothing, so here goes:

I have a bent rear dropout as shown in my pictures. I'm unsure how this happened, but it might have been caused by me fitting a 120mm spaced hub when the frame is spaced for 130mm (I just tightened the axle nuts thus bending the frame in a bit). I didn't ride it this way because in the end I bought a 135mm hub to get a good chainline.

My question is, would this make it more dangerous to ride with this frame? Would there be a risk of the dropout snapping? BTW, this is a steel frame (Reynold's 500, to be exact).

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Dropouts are made from mild steel so they are malleable and can be bent into (or out of alignment) without permanent damage. Your LBS should have tools that can check the dropouts and derailleur hanger for proper alignment if you're concerned.
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