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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Had a accident in which I hit the rear triangle 2" above the dropout on right hand side. The steel tube is bent inwards by a couple mm and is about 4" long. There is another small dent (5 pence piece, 2mm depth) on chain stay about 1" from dropout. A couple other dents, 1 on seat tube and 1 on downtube. The frame is a charge duster, tange prestige steel. Is it worth anything and useable (repair the damage or going cost more than frame is worth)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:55 pm 
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ouch,doesnt look safe to me.. :shock: :shock: :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:59 pm 
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Certainly not safe anymore. You'll need a framebuilder to look at that, and he might decide that the chainstay and seatstay need to be replaced. That would probably make it a write off indeed.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:08 pm 
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Oh, OK. EBay listing as spares or repairs?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:13 pm 
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I suspect it may cost more to fix than the frame is worth. Get a quote from a frame builder/repairer, but be prepared to weigh it in for scrap.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Depends. If you plan to sell the entire bike, I'd list it for spares or repairs indeed. However if it's just the frame you're selling, I wouldn't bother.

Personally, I'd get another frame and rebuild the bike around that.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:26 pm 
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OK, thanks


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:41 pm 
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Unless the geometry has been messed up I would be happy to ride it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:32 pm 
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I remember someone on here, a "name", flogging a ropey old Indyflab in similar condition, claiming it was a common occurence and was perfectly OK.
Must be OK then...


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:28 pm 
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I'm with highlandsflyer, if the frames dented but geometries fine I'd ride it. A steel frame will usually give some warning before failure although I'd probably use it for more sedate pursuits while assessing it.


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