Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Framebuilders
Reload this Page >

Replacing Rear (Drive-Side) Dropout -- Cost?

Notices
Framebuilders Thinking about a custom frame? Lugged vs Fillet Brazed. Different Frame materials? Newvex or Pacenti Lugs? why get a custom Road, Mountain, or Track Frame? Got a question about framebuilding? Lets discuss framebuilding at it's finest.

Replacing Rear (Drive-Side) Dropout -- Cost?

Old 05-12-13, 07:38 AM
  #1  
Living 'n Dying in ¾-Time
Thread Starter
 
JBHoren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Greenacres, FL
Posts: 642
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Replacing Rear (Drive-Side) Dropout -- Cost?

Not so long ago, I was gifted with a grimy-but-gorgeous, 1979, Raleigh-made (for Intersport, a sporting-goods "megastore") bicycle... with a beautiful, lugged-steel frame that's fitted with Suntour and Shimano components. To make a long story short(er), while refurbishing it I discovered that the rear, drive-side dropout, lacked an integral hanger, and that the rear derailleur was attached with a "claw". Although not aesthetically pleasing, it was functional. Except... the portion of the hanger that extended into the dropout slot took-up 3/8", which created a clearance issue between the tire and the chainstays at the BB end. There was 1-1.5mm between the tire and the chainstays, but I wanted more.

So... I brought the bike to a welder buddy of mine, who welded the hanger to the dropout and then removed the "offending" material inside the dropout slot. Yes, it's somewhat ugly, and the dropout needs to be realigned; and yes, I would've preferred taking it to a frame builder to have a proper right rear dropout installed, but... when asked how much it would cost to do so, my LBS (which has given me, and others, great service for more than 25 years) told me "North of $200".

So... I made a dollars-and-cents decision -- in retrospect, perhaps not a dollars-and-sense decision. If the welded-on-claw turns out to be "wonky", what are current prices for replacing a rear, drive-side dropout? Was that "North of $200" really ballpark?

(respecting the regional differences in our economy, I should mention that I live in South Florida -- Palm Beach County)

Note: I originally posted this in Bicycle Mechanics... dunno why. Anyway, deleted it there, and reposted it here.

Last edited by JBHoren; 05-12-13 at 07:49 AM.
JBHoren is offline  
Old 05-12-13, 09:14 AM
  #2  
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,702
Liked 3,914 Times in 2,669 Posts
I thought I had seen just about everything from that era, but that bike doesn't ring a bell. Does it have forged dropouts? $200 before paint is about right, although just putting a hangar on a forged dropout would probably be considerably less.
unterhausen is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
planless
Framebuilders
4
07-17-17 06:07 AM
toosahn
Framebuilders
4
12-12-11 07:44 PM
tommyd49
Bicycle Mechanics
1
07-07-11 09:58 AM
The Thin Man
Classic & Vintage
13
06-29-10 07:57 PM
FreddyV
Road Cycling
27
03-16-10 04:06 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.