First post, so hello folks. Hope you can help
I'm planning my first big(ish) camping tour - probably Pacific Coast Highway and on to Vegas. I am considering using my old MTB - it's a 1998 Hardrock that has been sitting in a garage since I stopped riding it years ago.
Of course, I need to be sure the frame is in good enough condition to be worth building up as a tourer. After inspecting it myself I have found one blemish I'm not sure about (pictures below): It's a thin raised line - the paint does not seem to be cracked. I chipped off some paint and there is a dark line on the metal where the raised line was - this is smooth and does not seem to be a crack. I thought it could be a harmless remnant of the manufacturing process that was painted over, but am concerned it is some sort of flaw/weakness in the metal itself. Is anyone able to shed light on this? If so, thanks
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The rest of the frame seems fine to me, but I'm no expert. Maybe should take it to a bike shop for inspection...