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Old 06-20-14, 10:02 AM
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Cracked headset on late '70's Rossin

I just found a severe crack on the lower part of the headset on my late '70's Rossin. My questions are:

1) Is this an easy cost effective fix or should I give up now? I don't mind spending a few hundred dollars as I do like the frame.

2) Are there any frame builder/repairers in the Grand Rapids MI area?
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What, exactly, is cracked? I suspect you're using the wrong term. If it's the headset, any bike shop ought to be able to knock it out and install a new one. If it's the head tube, you'll want a frame builder to assess the damage. And as always, pictures would help.
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Old 06-20-14, 10:37 AM
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You are correct, it is the head tube not the head set.

No pictures yet I am at work. It is my commuter and there is a crack almost all the way around the head tube. I rode it in today and was very delicate with it. I will build up my 80's Cinelli this weekend so I have something to ride.

It is lugged frame and I know you can replace these, but is it economical? It's not exactly a rare frame but you just don't see a lot of them and I do like it.
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Only you can determine if it's worth it to repair depending on how much you like it. Check with Doug Fattic in Niles, Michigan. He's extremely experienced and does beautiful work.
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Whether it's economical or not is up to you. If the frame is silver brazed, it's not a major job to replace the head tube, but of course it'll have to be repainted after the repair.

Here's a link to photos of a Yellow Jersey repair in which the head tube was replaced:

Head Tube Replacement
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I assume it cracked from the lug? Replacing the head tube is not that difficult. If it needs a new lug, forget it. In any event, it would depend on the person that you had do the repair, I think a reasonable price is on the order of $250 and up depending on the builder. And then paint or powder coat on top of that. My guess is that if it's your commuter, your best bet is to put it on ebay with good pictures and list it as, "broken, for repair only"
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Originally Posted by busdriver1959 View Post
Only you can determine if it's worth it to repair depending on how much you like it. Check with Doug Fattic in Niles, Michigan. He's extremely experienced and does beautiful work.
Thanks for the reference to Doug. This is just what I am looking for!!!
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I assume it cracked from the lug? Replacing the head tube is not that difficult. If it needs a new lug, forget it. In any event, it would depend on the person that you had do the repair, I think a reasonable price is on the order of $250 and up depending on the builder. And then paint or powder coat on top of that. My guess is that if it's your commuter, your best bet is to put it on ebay with good pictures and list it as, "broken, for repair only"
It's my everything bike. I use it for commuting and long rides. I am not into multiple bikes and I have been riding this one almost exclusively for about 5 years. I am a little stressed now and I haven't even thought about another bike for years. Anyways, the crack looks like it goes mostly around the lug, and hugs the lug for a while.
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It's my everything bike. I use it for commuting and long rides. I am not into multiple bikes and I have been riding this one almost exclusively for about 5 years. I am a little stressed now and I haven't even thought about another bike for years. Anyways, the crack looks like it goes mostly around the lug, and hugs the lug for a while.
It sounds like stress was built into the frame when it was originally built.



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