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Old 08-14-14, 09:51 AM
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dent advice

I've been looking on CL for a used steel cross or touring bike for commuting.

Finally found something in my size and price range...but the top tube is dented. The main tubes are 631.



what do you think?
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Old 08-14-14, 10:01 AM
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Looks like a handlebar dent, probably happened during a crash. Most likely will be fine, and if I already owned it, I would ride it. But I don't think I would buy it unless it just a cheap beater type bike.
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Old 08-14-14, 10:02 AM
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If the price is right go for it. Consider the value of the frame as zero; decide the value of the used components; divide by X to take into account the time and effort to strip and sell the components. The max price should be substantially less than what you calculate.

The dent is not going to effect it as a rider. 631 is incredibly strong.
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As others have said, it seems to be a classic handlebar dent. It wouldn't take a serious crsh to make that kind of dent, only enough to swing the front wheel around fast. And these dents aren't a likely cause of any mechanical problems.

Since it's been crashed, take a look under the front of the downtube for any signs of rippling or buckling, which would be a serious issue. Also check that the headset is tight with no binding or change in feel as you rotate the fork. Changes in headset feel are an indicator of a bent fork.

So it the rest checks out, factor the dent into what you want to pay, and if the price is right (for you) go for it.
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Old 08-14-14, 11:32 AM
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Visible dents like that don't affect bike function, but do affect bike value dramatically, so I'd want a pretty considerable discount.
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Visible dents like that don't affect bike function, but do affect bike value dramatically, so I'd want a pretty considerable discount.
Dramatically, how?. it;s not like there's a Kelly Blue Book for bike resale value, and even if there were, the impact on value is up to the buyer. If he has no plans to resell it (and limit himself to buyers who don't care about cosmetics) then it's only a matter of how much importance he places on a non-mechanical "defect".

The OP states that it would otherwise suit his purpose, and is in his price range (probably because the dent already brought the price down) so while he can try to use the dent to negotiate yet a better price, he needs to decide if this is OK for him, and nothing else matters.
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Wrap some cloth handlebar tape over the dent and ride the bike.
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