Dead Rats wrote:
how's the headtube holding up Paul?
As you know the paint at the down-tube/head-tube junction had a suspicious looking crack running along the top of the weld. I scraped some of the paint off which it turns out hadn't really keyed onto the weld beneath it.
I've inspected the bare welds and fortunately there doesn't appear to be any sign of a crack. I rode it in Wales this weekend and the general opinion amongst us was that there may have been some grease or flux left on the weld prior to the powder coat. Over time a small amount of corrosion would have expanded the surface beneath the paint causing the crack.
Either that or it really is the frame that is cracked.
Anyway here's an extract from the First Annual Creme Egg Ride - AFTERMATH
A titanium test ride vs a £16 eBay special.
Once again a fine selection of old metal was on show including, Sinnett177's Alpinestars Ti-Mega, HarryCrumbs blinged out AMP, Mr K's Dave Yates, Woody's Stumpjumper M2, Fritz's Kona, Volvo's P7, Crud's Saracen, ER's Dawes and m-trax on her M-Trax.
Bike of the ride should surely have gone to my Saracen Sahara, with it's rattly bottom bracket, dodgy free-hub, possibly cracked frame, loosening headset and comic book graphics. Still, I did 'jet' wash it by completely submerging it in a river at the end of the ride only to pour half a litre of water out of the frame afterwards. I digress...
"Double Butted Cromoly Tubing!!!
Oh and since this ride I've tightened up the headset, flushed out the freehub body and rebuilt the rear hub. It seems to be working fine now. I still need to get my hands on some old tools to take up the play in the cup and cone bottom bracket though.