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Old 04-10-10, 10:46 AM
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Tempo is toast I think, bike search begins.

As my excitement grew as the Tempo was starting to come together, I made a discouraging discovery. It looks like the bottom bracket is cracked on both sides where the seat tube enters. I had thought it was bad paint, but its cracked on both sides.

Im thinking that is it for this frame correct? I guess maybe it could be welded, but Im a bit concerned that there is more issues now than that. It was my dads bike, so I wanted to use it, but Im thinking its time to hit craigs list to find another bike to upgrade.

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tig, lugged, brazed?

if you have a builder nearby you might as well find out how much a fix and paint are

given the sentimental nature I would think it's worth investigating.
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Lugged.


Just talked to builder. He advised its not worth the trouble. He also cautioned me about the Trek I was looking at and now Im gunshy. He wasnt trying to sell me anything, so now I have to rethink the whole deal, and decide if I just want to eat the price of the brifters and move on.

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Find another frame, you will be fine. Unfortunately, you are right next to an insane bike market (Portland, OR), where just about anything goes high. So unless you get really lucky, either have friends in a less insane market look out for you, or go ebay.
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Find another frame, you will be fine. Unfortunately, you are right next to an insane bike market (Portland, OR), where just about anything goes high. So unless you get really lucky, either have friends in a less insane market look out for you, or go ebay.
Ya, Im discouraged and thinking of just cutting my losses and ride my commuter for everything. Nice modern bike with nice drivetrain.

You are right about the market here for bikes. I have my eye on a Trek 560 my size that has been slowly lowering in price for the last month, but now Im unsure f I want to delve into this again. I didnt really do it for the tinkering/fun, but to a get a nice steel bike for fun rides.

Fixies are still a bit of a hotter item for the most part here.

Decisions, decisions.
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Projects are best suited for people that enjoy it, and have the time, tools, room, knowledge, and access to parts. Otherwise, buying a bike ready to ride from a reputable seller is the better option.
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It's toast. Damn shame too.
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A. Yes it is toast.
B. Someone might be willing to pay $50 to salvage those 3 Columbus SL/SP tubes on that frame. (Yes, it's marked Tenax, but Tenax = "consumer grade" SL/SP depending on size)
C. That Tange CroMo fork is worth about $30
D. Looks like an '87 so I assume that you have an 105 headset and BB (add another $50 for those 2)

so you got a decent starting point for a replacement frame.
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Thanks IjustE.

Maybe I can find someone to take the whole thing for close to that.
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