Close on eight years ago, I purchased a deadstock Lemond Ti frame and forks from Mt. Moria Cycles, Memphis - as I remember, the $ was not far off 50 pence in value and, with Reynolds carbon forks, postage and customs, it came in at around £450. Bargain.
Sadly, it got totalled a year later, when a squirrel went through the front wheel and sheered the forks off. True. I did get the insurance though, which replaced the Dura Ace 7400 with a Centaur groupset and some Colnago powerforks.
Since then, it has not given me a minute's trouble and has been nothing short an absolute pleasure to ride. Until I noticed last month a hairline crack round the downtube, which I guess is a legacy of it's previous prang. I put it down as a write off, but I share a works with a ti fabricators (motorbike exhausts mainly), who reckoned it would be no bother to mend...
What would be interesting to know would be - do I keep it in the shed and just look at it or do I risk building it up and riding it - is the frame's integrity gone for good or is there still a bit of life left in it?
'Killing me won't bring back your apples'