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What to do with a nice but busted up steel frame?
Keep 36%  36%  [ 4 ]
Repair 36%  36%  [ 4 ]
Sell 27%  27%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:28 pm 
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So I have this old merckx corsa extra in motorola colours.

Sadly a drunk driver (taking his kids swimming naturally) managed to make the bike look like this.

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It's seen better days.

Had it chucked it the darkest depths of the garage as some sort of reminder of a lucky(ish) escape. Occasionally wonder if I should do something with it, thought a poll might help me decide ;)

Should I keep it as is?

Or should I get it reapired. Think I'd get away with just top and down tube and some forks, the back end survived?

Final option is to sell it. Probably a touch small for me to be honest. Doubt anyone would buy it though...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:38 pm 
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I'd sell of the parts that are still safe, and hang the frame as wall art as a reminder of the lucky escape.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:39 pm 
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Repair


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:39 pm 
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Mark_h4dng wrote:
I'd sell of the parts that are still safe, and hang the frame as wall art as a reminder of the lucky escape.


The frame was stripped years ago...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:01 pm 
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i like the idea of repairing it but only if the repair will be safe, not that i doubt any builder you should choose, i just mean IF IT IS repairable.

that is also assuming that the cost isn't prohibitive including a respray as original.

i love the older merckx frames, and that motorola paint job is my favourite.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:03 pm 
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actually i have just thought of another option bearing in mind you say it is a little small,

get a quote for repair and respray then decide whether to sell it based on the repair cost, you could then offer it for sale as a project with an estimated cost of the repair.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:06 pm 
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Looks like a typical 531db crash. The forks survive, the frame dies...would be better the other way round :?

If the bike has sentimental value (loads of miles, happy days) then repair. Otherwise, like old battleships, it's time for the scrap man.

I met a retired Admiral once who expressed the view that old battleships should have the dignity of being scrapped rather than an idle retirement.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:23 pm 
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Sell it. Someone will buy it, for instance I bought the DeKerf that was busted with the hope of resurrecting it myself. This looks like a similar project.





what size is it?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:16 pm 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
Turn it into furniture, a stool or coffee table. Probably loads of design idea on't net.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:19 pm 
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It's repairable but you're unlikely to get your money back - would be about £220 for the tube replacement (Argos) and then the same again for a respray - and probably another £50 for a fork.


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