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Buying a used slightly dinged frame? steel, chrome bianchi.

Old 03-11-12, 01:19 AM
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Buying a used slightly dinged frame? steel, chrome bianchi.

So im looking at a bianchi pista frame

the seller claims that as his bike was locked up some one came over and vandalized his bike

here are about 4-5 dents in the downtube of the frame

it's chrome so straitening the dents with a frame block will chip the chrome off of it requiring me to paint it *always will have a chip where the chrome flaked.

wouldd you guys purchase such a thing or should i avoid it?

its a little more than i want to pay. $200

but if the seller came down to about $35 id grab it
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I'd walk away. Maybe if the dings are not that deep and away from a stressed section you could fill and paint just that tube. Then keep a weather eye out for cracks developing. It depends where they are. If they are near a framejoint/lug the tube will need to be replaced, stage one of this would be to strip the chrome. Is it factory chrome? Because if not, the polishing needed to get the right finish on thin wall tubes (must be done before plating starts) can seriously weaken them - with a factory job you could be more confident they knew what they were doing.
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Originally Posted by fr333zin View Post
I'd walk away. Maybe if the dings are not that deep and away from a stressed section you could fill and paint just that tube. Then keep a weather eye out for cracks developing. It depends where they are. If they are near a framejoint/lug the tube will need to be replaced, stage one of this would be to strip the chrome. Is it factory chrome? Because if not, the polishing needed to get the right finish on thin wall tubes (must be done before plating starts) can seriously weaken them - with a factory job you could be more confident they knew what they were doing.
Warning to All BF members!

This 951Bike Guy is a TOTAL TROLL!

He was Just in The Commuter Forum Friday and we wasted FIVE pages with him. He posted "Walmart Commuter Bike".

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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Warning to All BF members!

This 951Bike Guy is a TOTAL TROLL!

He was Just in The Commuter Forum Friday and we wasted FIVE pages with him. He posted "Walmart Commuter Bike".

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Just being helpful. Without getting emotionally involved.
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Just being helpful. Without getting emotionally involved.
Yeah, I know...That's what we thought too, my friend
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Originally Posted by fr333zin View Post
I'd walk away. Maybe if the dings are not that deep and away from a stressed section you could fill and paint just that tube. Then keep a weather eye out for cracks developing. It depends where they are. If they are near a framejoint/lug the tube will need to be replaced, stage one of this would be to strip the chrome. Is it factory chrome? Because if not, the polishing needed to get the right finish on thin wall tubes (must be done before plating starts) can seriously weaken them - with a factory job you could be more confident they knew what they were doing.
pretty sure its a factory job, but there are no stickers on the bike so im not 100% sure
i wouldn't chrome it again. i was just going to paint it the new celeste olive color.

the dents start at about 3 inches from the head tube

and continue to about 8 inches away from the head tube

2 are placed pretty close to each other forming a "crease" or a slight wrinkle with the steel of the tube.

i was looking online and they said an old school way of repairing it was filling the dents with brass then priming the whole bike and painting it?
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Originally Posted by 951bike View Post
pretty sure its a factory job, but there are no stickers on the bike so im not 100% sure
i wouldn't chrome it again. i was just going to paint it the new celeste olive color.

the dents start at about 3 inches from the head tube

and continue to about 8 inches away from the head tube

2 are placed pretty close to each other forming a "crease" or a slight wrinkle with the steel of the tube.

i was looking online and they said an old school way of repairing it was filling the dents with brass then priming the whole bike and painting it?
Before responding to this guy, check out the thread he started in the commuting forum, "Walmart Commuter Bike". This guy is a complete troll!

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Originally Posted by 951bike View Post
pretty sure its a factory job, but there are no stickers on the bike so im not 100% sure
i wouldn't chrome it again. i was just going to paint it the new celeste olive color.

the dents start at about 3 inches from the head tube

and continue to about 8 inches away from the head tube

2 are placed pretty close to each other forming a "crease" or a slight wrinkle with the steel of the tube.

i was looking online and they said an old school way of repairing it was filling the dents with brass then priming the whole bike and painting it?

The new Celeste Olive color? You mean the Olive color most Sna Jose and FG/SS Bianchis come in yes?

IMHO unless you can doo all the work (dent removal, drazing soldiering, sanding painting) and the cost for you time and materiels will be under $100 look for another bike.

A $200 deal on a bike with dents that may require $300 in repair and paint is no deal.
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alright, i'll keep looking

-thanks for the help
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1 dent is an accident, like 5 in the same place is because the owner did not care, so who knows who bad the bike is.
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