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how much frame damage is too much?

Old 10-04-10, 08:38 AM
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how much frame damage is too much?

Not to buy, mind you, but to stop riding. I went on a ride yesterday and saw a friend's bike with a dent in it that looked like it had been made by a sizeable meat tenderizer hammer. Is there a way to tell when a bike frame/fork tube has been damaged enough to actually warrant (gasp) the junkyard?
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Old 10-04-10, 09:16 AM
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Never- Tubes can always be replaced! The question becomes cost, can you buy an undamged frame for less than the repair?
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I like your attitude! However, the question still stands in a slightly different form - how much is too much before you need to get it replaced?
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Judment call mostly, any dent in a tube will change the alignment to some degree, a crimp in the tube will would weaken the tube and at that point IMO it would need to be replace or the frame retired until it was repaired.
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