[CR]Front end impact question

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From: "David Bilenkey" <dbilenkey@sympatico.ca>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 20:25:23 -0500
Subject: [CR]Front end impact question

I have a 1972 Bevilacqua racing frame that I was given a few years ago. I got around to examining it closely today. I noticed the slightest bulge under the TT and DT just behind the head lugs and paint cracks up top. As I'd been intending to repaint it anyway (it's not sporting it's original paint) I cleaned the paint off these areas and inspected the tubes. It's obvious that this has had some minor front end trauma, but looking at the tubes there are no cracks or rust or anything, just the almost imperceptible distortions in these tubes.

Checking the alignment it all checks out fine, but I guess my question is what would you do with such a beast? I'd been planning on stripping it, pulling off all the braze-ons that were added by Marinoni in the early 80's, and repainting and building it up as a fixed gear initially (maybe putting drillium parts on it later), for occasional light duty, and after seeing the damage I'm still of that mind. Given that I'm 160lbs soaking wet, I don't really think this frame will get over stressed under my weight or riding style. Anyone have any different thoughts about how safe this frame would be to ride?

David Bilenkey
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada