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Too late? (chainstay vs bigger tire)

Old 09-11-14, 10:32 AM
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Too late? (chainstay vs bigger tire)

A few years ago i have updated my lugged steel Univega Super Strada road frame. I wanted to use bigger tires. So I bought a new fork from a reputable framebuilder, i brazed cantilever brake stud all around, removed the rear brake bridge and brazed a new one. I got lots of room and let my painter do its job. When i got the frame and put my rear wheel in (with 28mm tire), i realized that i had a lot of room in the seat stay area, a lot of room between my tire and bottom bracket BUT i had about 1.5mm between my tire and chainstay on each side. Even breaking a spoke would be a problem.



I rode it that way for about 3 years now, no real problem but i would have like to use a 32mm tire for a bit of gravel grinding.

1- Back then, could i have done something to get more room between chainstays?

2- Can i do something now without repainting the frame?

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You could have indented the stays then, and you could indent them now. Here are some illustrations from A. Wetmore. Can't guarantee that it won't scar the paint...

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Thanks!

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You could have indented the stays then, and you could indent them now. Here are some illustrations from A. Wetmore. Can't guarantee that it won't scar the paint...

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Thanks! Exactly what i was looking for!
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modify a pair of vise grips to get in there on a built frame..
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