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Old 02-25-09, 06:18 PM
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Ever feel like you dodged being taken to the cleaners?

Recently had a minor accident where I overshot a shift at low speed and ran my lower shift gear into the spokes. Trashed it but didn't even scratch the spokes. Anyway, I replaced the gear and what not but it shifted poorly so I took it into the closest shop, actually 2 of them. Both shops tell me I bent the frame and I agreed with them but neither would even consider working on it, just that I needed a new frame. Once I disclosed I didn't have a spare 2 grand for a new TT bike the feeling I got was they wanted me out the door.

I posted on CL my situation and a guy pointed me to a local mom and pop shop instead of one of these bigger guys and within 5 minutes with the help of a campy tool he had it shifting as slick as new. He told me that there is a lot of give in al hangers and that he thought it was bunk these shops rip people off by not giving them options like sending them to a shop that would attempt such an easy fix. I am strongly agreeing with him.
Anyone have a bike shop experience like this? I am back in business for 5 extra bucks and the frame looks completely void of any hair line cracks.
One happy camper! This place is gonna get ALL my work from here on out.
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Old 02-25-09, 06:36 PM
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Did you reset your limit screw so this won't happen again?
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Old 02-26-09, 06:15 AM
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Yes I did, I'm going to guess it somehow worked it's way out somehow over the miles. I'd prefer not to have that happen again, especially at speed.
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Yes I did, I'm going to guess it somehow worked it's way out somehow over the miles. I'd prefer not to have that happen again, especially at speed.
My bikes still sport their dork disks . I don't care what the cognoscenti think.
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I don't know much about the metal used for bike frame dropouts--but from other matters I do know that aluminum tends to crack if it's bent, and then you try to bend it back into its original shape. Specifically it will crack on the inside of the bend, when you straighten out the bend.

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My bikes still sport their dork disks . I don't care what the cognoscenti think.
Mine too.
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limit screws.... doh !
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You have to be your own mechanic, at least some, to avoid the sharks. Just like with the car. Bending the tab for the rear derailer is gonna be risky no matter what the metal its made from. You might get away with it one time.

If they told me that the frame was bent, I'd either make a bee line for the door or ask them to show me (AKA prove it). If they can't then shake your head, THEN leave.

Use the forum here to stop some of this. Ask US first!

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Originally Posted by AGGRO View Post
Recently had a minor accident where I overshot a shift at low speed and ran my lower shift gear into the spokes. Trashed it but didn't even scratch the spokes. Anyway, I replaced the gear and what not but it shifted poorly so I took it into the closest shop, actually 2 of them. Both shops tell me I bent the frame and I agreed with them but neither would even consider working on it, just that I needed a new frame. Once I disclosed I didn't have a spare 2 grand for a new TT bike the feeling I got was they wanted me out the door.

I posted on CL my situation and a guy pointed me to a local mom and pop shop instead of one of these bigger guys and within 5 minutes with the help of a campy tool he had it shifting as slick as new. He told me that there is a lot of give in al hangers and that he thought it was bunk these shops rip people off by not giving them options like sending them to a shop that would attempt such an easy fix. I am strongly agreeing with him.
Anyone have a bike shop experience like this? I am back in business for 5 extra bucks and the frame looks completely void of any hair line cracks.
One happy camper! This place is gonna get ALL my work from here on out.
I am suprised he did a hanger alighnment and gear adjustment for five bucks. Steel frames are easy to repair alluminum on the other hand does not like to be bent once much less twice there is always a possibility it will break and that is why some shops won't touch it and that is why most allunimum frames have removable deraileur hangers. Sounds like yours was minor because there is not a lot of give in alluminum hangers before they show cracks but there is some even when installing a new removable hanger it is supposed to be checked with allighnment tool.
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I am suprised he did a hanger alighnment and gear adjustment for five bucks. Steel frames are easy to repair alluminum on the other hand does not like to be bent once much less twice there is always a possibility it will break and that is why some shops won't touch it and that is why most allunimum frames have removable deraileur hangers. Sounds like yours was minor because there is not a lot of give in alluminum hangers before they show cracks but there is some even when installing a new removable hanger it is supposed to be checked with allighnment tool.
Two choices- The bike is broken now- so try the cheap repair. If it breaks further then you have lost nothing. Providing it is pointed out that it is your risk.
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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
Two choices- The bike is broken now- so try the cheap repair. If it breaks further then you have lost nothing. Providing it is pointed out that it is your risk.
Agreed I would go to the mom and pops shop that was willing to take a chanch myself but I understand why the other shops don't want to take the risk of liability even if you have no cracks after the repair the metal is softer than before and will bend easier if hit or droped again.
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