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top tube dent...how critical?

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Old 12-07-08, 12:28 PM
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top tube dent...how critical?

how much of a problem is this top tube dent? its a keirin frame and the dent doesn't appear to be that big.

is it repairable? (if so how)
does it critically compromise the integrity of the top tube?


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Old 12-07-08, 12:44 PM
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Looks like steel correct me if I'm wrong. You're lucky in the sense that steel is more repairable than lets say aluminum, titanium, etc.

There are places that can remove that dent. Structurally, I think you should be okay. I don't see much worry unless you are doing tricks and stuff with your bike.

I had a Bianchi with a cracked carbon tube that I was riding on for a good chunk of time until it got hit by a car.
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Its probably fine.
Ive ridden dented frames without problems.
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Repairing it would involve removing the entire tube and replacing it with another.

If that dent is all there is to it, I would ride it without any worries. However, you will want to make sure that whatever caused it didn't cause other problems as well.
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yeah it really doesnt look too bad and theres no other damage....my concern is that these keirin frames tend to be fairly thin-tubed. a ding like this on an old steel schwinn or a surly would be laughable.
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Old 12-07-08, 01:40 PM
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steel is....fake
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thin steel is real...ly dented.
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Old 12-07-08, 02:00 PM
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Are you thinking of buying the frame? I see it is not built up.

I wouldn't mess with it unless you already own it. A friend replaced a tube, and it turned out there was all sorts of other damage to the bike, and it eventually fell apart.
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I would only buy a dented bike if it was a really nice frame and was being sold for dirt cheap. There are tons of people on the internet trying to get bank for dented up frames. Its pretty ridiculous in my opinion. How much is this frame? I know Bilenky Cycle Works in Philly will replace a tube for 15O or so.
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$400ish for me.
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It wont be a problem, and if looks are something thats really important for you. It's actually pretty easy to pull out, just like a dent in a pannel on a car.
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I wouldnt touch it, but thats just because Im kinda wierd when it comes to dents and dings. I once traded away a sweet Austro Diamler because it had a dent just like that on it.
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put a top tube pad on it and problem solved.
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the bike is pretty enough on its own no need to cover it up...the only reasoning behind my OP is my safety riding it. im a bigger guy and ride hard, no tricks, just lots of torque and stress on the frame.
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