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Dent in Top Tube, Garbage? (pic)

Garbage or 'okay? Other thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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What's the story?

Bike you already own and are trying to salvage or bike you're looking to buy?

Looks like an AI frame?

It's hard to tell from the pic whether it's purely cosmetic or structural.
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Originally Posted by antmeeks
What's the story?

Bike you already own and are trying to salvage or bike you're looking to buy?

Looks like an AI frame?

It's hard to tell from the pic whether it's purely cosmetic or structural.
Yes, Alloy. It's a C-List ad that just popped up. It's roughly worth grabbing just for the parts. Huge bonus if safely ridable.
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I don't know about aluminum, but I got a dent like that in a steel bike of mine... and it's still riding fine today. But again.... different metal.
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Dents in tubes in aluminum are not a big deal as long as they're not so big that the frame is bent at that point (meaning like if the frame is almost wrapped around the dent). I had this happen to one of my bikes - it wanted to turn right all the time. That frame I discarded.

Dents are such a non-factor to me that although I have a similar dent in the top tube of my frame I still sent it out to get the chainstays shortened and got the frame repainted (necessary after welding new stays on the frame). I put off building up the frame this season but I'll have it for next year.

Gouges, on the other hand, are bad. I have a minor gouge in an old frame but the frame will crack there. Scratches can cause a tube to crack/fail if the scratch is deep. Cracked paint is also bad as it may indicate a cracked tube.
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I'd ride it. I don't think I'd buy it though.
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Just food for thought...

Dents in aluminum frames can seriously subject the cyclist to greater physical detriment, should an accident occur, subsequently.

Cosmetic dents can be ignored, camouflaged, or covered with pipe (top tube) insulation.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider
Just food for thought...

Dents in aluminum frames can seriously subject the cyclist to greater physical detriment, should an accident occur, subsequently.

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O.o
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I'd definitely ride that. Keep an eye on it for cracks over time.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider
Just food for thought...

Dents in aluminum frames can seriously subject the cyclist to greater physical detriment, should an accident occur, subsequently.

Cosmetic dents can be ignored, camouflaged, or covered with pipe (top tube) insulation.
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It's probably fine, but it will most likely nag at you.

I used to have a Cannondale with a similar dent, and I never felt completely comfortable riding it. It's hard to say whether it's worth worrying about.

Also, there's no real distinction between structural and cosmetic, when it comes to dents...any dent is structural, but not all of them make a big enough difference to matter in the real world.
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NOthing will happen to that bike.
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Originally Posted by Young Version
It's probably fine, but it will most likely nag at you.
Depends on the price. If it's cheap enough, then you'll look at the dent and smile because it made the bike $xyz dollars less than it would have been.
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I would think that could be PDR popped by a dent removal specialist. When I worked in a body shop we had specialists with glue-based dent pullers that could pull some surprising fixes from outside curves without damaging paint at all or using heat. Usually pretty cheap too.
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The top tube is probably fine. The collection of VHS tapes? Garbage...
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https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/3409898915.html

for $200 it could be worth it

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its probably fine. aluminum frames are cheap on ebay, if it has good components, and you get it cheap enough, it might be worth a swap.
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hell yes I would buy that for 200 dollaz.

Maybe even offer $150 and see where it goes.
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I had a dent like that on the top tube of one of my aluminum frames - it was caused by the bars slamming in to it during a crash.

Aluminum does not like to be dented and eventually, the frame will crack. How long will it take for the frame to crack is another question. For me, it took about six weeks of racing. But if you are not riding it that hard, it could last several years.

But whatever you do, do not try to pull the dent out. That will pretty much kill the frame. Steel can handle that, aluminum cannot.
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Thanks for all the input, guys. Yes, that's the right ad (for $200). I called this morning and got a little more info. Seller runs some type of pawn shop. There was a hipster/BMX pad covering the dent when he bought the bike, so he's a little annoyed (but seemed realistic about the selling price). Hopefully he didn't pay much of anything for those VHS tapes! He said he gets a second opinion on bikes he lists and that this one has 1) a cheap/old replacement front wheel/tire 2) a little 'play' in the crank and 3) the dent. It's kind of on the opposite side of the metro area from me or I'd be a bit more tempted.

It's the right style and size of road bike for my dad, who rides an hour on his mtn bike with slicks 4-5 days a week in the summer. He's what you might call 'road-curious'. If the dent is not too bad, he could try it out for a little while and then we could either sell off or transfer the parts. If the 105 brifters are in good shape, that's worth half the asking price right there. I wouldn't try to pull the dent or resell the frameset/complete bike (even though I do some flipping here and there).
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That looks like a Roubaix Elite, I had one and it rode very nicely. I would buy it for $200 in a heartbeat, dent and all. I sold mine for $950 about 5 years ago.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
That looks like a Roubaix Elite, I had one and it rode very nicely. I would buy it for $200 in a heartbeat, dent and all. I sold mine for $950 about 5 years ago.
Might be. It's got 105 stuff and carbon seatstays. Here's the only other pic in the ad. So maybe I should run over there after work? There's a chance I'll be in that part of town tomorrow anyway. I was kinda thinking I'd let fate decide it that way for me...(meanwhile, I've totally teed this up for anyone in that part of town).
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"Seller runs some type of pawn shop."

Dent's from where the lock was pried open.
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Originally Posted by emveezee
"Seller runs some type of pawn shop."

Dent's from where the lock was pried open.
Yeah, that's certainly possible. The front wheel might be evidence of that as well.
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