Dr S wrote:
Looking fantastic already. Love these bikes. Really looking forward to this one progressing.
I am also ever so slightly concerned about that repair- the gusset should have a open end really- something to do with torsional stresses and distribution of those forces (I really should have paid more attention as a student) having a weep hole won't help at all. On the other hand unless you ride like a rock ape you should be alright.
Like your idea of restoring some early / mid 1980's stuff, not enough of them on RB for me. Mind you, when I rebuilt my 87 model (86 built) Cannondale I had a bit of a challenge to get all the parts!
I'd like to see the repair open on the bottom too, but only in new construction. I think if I were welding on a 'patch' I'd want it complete. Nothing to back that up...total hairs-on-the-neck hunch, but as a repair...
And it's damn clean work. Your comment about not having a problem unless your riding like a rock ape certainly applies... Even if the rock ape happens, I would predict problems elsewhere before the repair is eve an issue.
Drowning in Retro!