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Old 05-03-12, 05:45 PM
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New Marin, dented :( Safe to ride?

Hey everyone. Just found the top tube of my new Marin communter dented. Is this thing safe to ride? (ARRRRRRR)

Edit: https://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_...&Four_Corners_

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Old 05-04-12, 11:52 PM
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Nasty dent, should be safe to ride for a good long while though.
Keep an eye on it for cracks, replace if any show up. See if Marin does crash/damage replacement on frames, some do.
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Old 05-05-12, 01:31 AM
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From the tube size, take it that it's steel, if so, it souldn't be an issue, I put a similar dent in a steel GT frame, and have been using it off road for the last year with no issues.
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Perfectly safe to ride, and will probably outlast your love for the bike. That changes if you see any cracks forming in the area, usually at the pointed end of the dent, but that may not happen for months, years or decades.
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You just need to do something to prevent rust.

If the appearance bothers you (it would me) I wonder if the dent could be sanded, primed, filled with auto body filler, then covered with something like a wrap of vinyl tape, or a sticker you happen to like. Or mask that section of tube with tape and spray it a complementary color. Of course this might not last forever. But I've found that when I have a spot of damage, even a cosmetic fix (and knowing that I've prevented rust) makes me feel pretty good and I tend to forget about the ding.
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Doubt there will be any rust with that dent, it's not broken the paint, so no bear metal for any corrosion to take hold on.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Doubt there will be any rust with that dent, it's not broken the paint, so no bear metal for any corrosion to take hold on.
I'm assuming the paint will crack and flake in the dented area eventually.

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