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Old 10-10-18, 03:38 PM
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Framebuilders in NE Florida?

So I have a late 60s crescent frame that needs a repair in the frame. The braze at the brake bridge failed on one side and needs to be reattached. Iím wondering if yíall know of anyone in northeast Florida area that can do the repair, or if the repair is even doable. There doesnít seem to be any damage to the stay tube, it seems like the braze just failed.


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Just from the photo I'd say there's more then a cracked braze/joint. The gap between the bridge's end and the stay suggests a possible rear drop out width mod gone bad. Or an impact repair previously done. Either way I'd be suspect of the other end's joint. Andy
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I agree with Andrew. The rear end needs to be aligned properly before a new stay can be installed.

Good news is that the paint job won't be much of a loss when brazing the bridge.
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hard to say, it looks like it just needs to be polished. I'm a little surprised a Crescent broke there, they always impressed me as having workmanlike construction. But I suppose if you start bending on them, bad things can happen.
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Ok, letís say I donít get it fixed and just run a front brake... is that safe? How much structural integrity does the brake bridge give to the bike?
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The problem isn't the structural integrity of the brake bridge after the repair, it's the fact that a huge gap now exists between the seatstay and the brake bridge, which leads us to believe that there's some other issue that needs to be resolved (like the re-spacing of the rear dropouts). If I were doing the repair, I'd be checking the rear dropout alignment and spacing, and putting in a new brake bridge fitted to the correct length.
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It's been shown over and over that well made frames (note that caveat) can and do work quite well with no bridges. Now the choice to only run a single brake is an easy one. Andy
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It's been shown over and over that well made frames (note that caveat) can and do work quite well with no bridges. Now the choice to only run a single brake is an easy one. Andy
Iíll assume a 531 crescent is a well made frame. Thanks.
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I guess you have to ask yourself how much of the rest of the bike was done by the guy who brazed the brake bridge on
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While I read of Crescent's quality being pretty nice the ones I say during the mid 1970s bike boom were pretty crude. And that's coming from someone who worked in a Raleigh shop... Like Eric my reply is along the lines of "but this "well made" bike broke". Andy
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Then it looks like Iíll try to find someone to repair it.

anyone know of someone in northeast Florida who can do it?
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