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Frame cracked - worth repairing?

Old 11-12-14, 07:33 AM
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Frame cracked - worth repairing?

The right rear lower bar of my frame cracked on Monday, back near the dropout. Can I get it repaired somehow? Welded? Who should I bring it to? Is it worth it?



The bike is an old 80's Schwinn. It really needs a full rebuild, was planning to do it in the spring. Still I don't really want to throw it out/recycle it if I can get it fixed and it will last another 10 years or so.

Thanks for input.

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If you can weld it or have a friend who is a competent welder that can do it for free, go for it. Might look fugly, but who cares. Alignment might be off too.

I see those types of frames on the curb quite a bit, so I say pitch it or hang it up if it has sentimental value.

I had my aluminum frame repaired when the drive side chain stay snapped on the outside, but it was still attached on the inside, so the alignment was okay after welding... but I got it done for free. Otherwise, I would have tossed it. It is actually stiffer now with the extra gusset the welder put in...

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It would be worth it if you could mig weld it in your garage. If you send it out to someone, they're going to charge you what the frame is worth. This is one of those times when you need friends.
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Hmm, this is what I was afraid of. Well I'll have fun disassembling it so that it can be recycled!
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As far as fixing the frame, if you can do it on the cheap, it probably would be worth it. I'm thinking of a situation where you might have a friend that does, say, car bodywork, and welds etc. If he can touch it with a welder of some sort, with his blessings (meaning he thinks it'll work) then go for it. Buy him a beer or a soda and call it a day.

If you need to sink more money into it than that, and you're considering a "full rebuild" in the spring (I'm going to throw out a number here, like $200, if you have a thorough overhaul with freewheel, chain, tires, maybe bar tape, etc, and you don't do the labor), it's probably better to buy a different bike, probably a used one. You can probably buy a whole new-to-you bike for $200, and for $400 you can buy a new bike for sure (mtb or hybrid, not a road bike).
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See if there's a motorcycle repair place near you. They are more likely to have the right skills than autobody. I would give it a nice bevel all the way around then tig weld it. Then wire brush off the gunk and spray can paint.

The "right" way for a high end frame is to replace the entire dropout & repaint, but not worth it in this case.
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if i could have it welded or brazed and all the disassembly/reassembly and cleaning and painting etc. done for free, i might consider it. but realistically i would choose to just recognize the problem for what it is... the frame is telling you it's had a good and long and rewarding life and now just wants to die.
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