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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:35 am 

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Hi all,

I have an old Ibis from 1986/87 and I was just about to start a rebuild project on the bike to bring it back to new. Much to my dismay, when stripping the bike I noticed it had some very extensive rust that partially at through the down tube. Does anyone know if this is the end of my bike, or if there is a way to salvage this old friend? I know I'm to blame for the damage, the bike was not stored properly for a few years... It was dry, but exposed to outside air... I've included a pic, please let me know your thoughts.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:43 am 
Old School Hero

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I have a SS a couple of years younger and I had nightmares from time to time of finding rust on her even if the frame is coated with "frame saver" and store indoors on a heated space you just never know..

Sorry about your friend.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:45 am 
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I would try some of this ... =rust+cure

Also maybe have a collar brazed on over the hole this won't be perfect but should be ok for gentle riding, or you could have the tube removed and replaced

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:11 am 
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A decent frame builder could replace that seat tube, provided the other tubes around it are sound.

I had a new top tube put into my Roberts (by Roberts) and also had a pair of new chain stays fitted to my Lloyd (by Argos), it is one of the advantages of steel frames.

Good luck with your rebuild.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:20 pm 
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yeap that can be replaced. £120 .

seat tubes take abit of labour as there are so may joints. you go pics of the rest of the bike? I am doing a roberts with a new seat stay which is much easier but happy to offer any advice.


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