It is welded. Wasn't 1983 the 1st year for welded Fat Chance?
From what I can tell, it's welded throughout, from the fork, to the rear dropouts, and everywhere in between. The 82's are fillet brazed, from what I've seen, but 83 up are welded, with a few of them having some fillet brazing in spots, along with the welding. I have a 84 that has some brazing at the top tube/head tube junction.
WD Pro wrote:
I love how fat the seat stays go at the top, they look almost wide enough to make them the same width as the dropouts !
Off topic question if you dont mind - I am off to NYC soon, are there any famous / retro / not to be missed bike shops ? I want to buy something whilst I am there as a keep sake
The rear seat stays are an awesome feature on this frame, and other 83 frames. I've owned 84/85/86/88 and newer, and none of them are that wide at the seat stays or chain stays. Like I posted, I ran a 2.50 tire, just for fun, and it fit. IF the bike stays with me a lil longer than anticipated, I'll throw them on again, and take a few pics.
As for bike shops that have vintage stuff in NYC; can't say I've been to them all- space is at a premium in NYC, so most bikes shops are cramp, as it is, and there's not much in the way of old stock (NOS), aka dead stock, but every now and then, one can happen on a shop with some cool parts/frames/bikes hanging around.
I known Renaissance Cycles across the street from the American Museum of Natural History, on the upper west side, had some NOS cool parts in a display case, for the longest time, but they finally sold it all off, on ebay.
Then there was Metro, which is a chain, with a few stores, that had some old frames in their warehouse, and on display at a couple of their stores, one being in New Rochelle.
VeloNYC will have a cool old bike or two hanging around, occasionally, but they mostly belong to customers.
I'm not as in touch with the bike scene, as I mostly ride solo. It's my alone time. I would suggest, if you have a facebook, checking out the following pages, and asking on there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nycmtb/https://www.facebook.com/groups/100452080489/