[CR]the limits of steel repair, discovered! or, curse you, evil pothole.

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Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 10:05:34 -0400
From: "sasha eysymontt" <sashae@gmail.com>
To: "Classic Rendezvous Bike List" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]the limits of steel repair, discovered! or, curse you, evil pothole.

So, last weekend I posted a missive relating the unfortunate story of my De Rosa track bike vs an unfriendly bit of NYC pavement (a pothole the size of a soup tureen) which led to this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashae/2301767041/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashae/2301767211/in/photostream/

Opinions were mixed as to whether it was reparable, and if so, how. Fortunately, I live close to esteemed listmember and alignment guru Jamie Swan of Centerport Cycles. I sent my frame off to Jamie, and by Wednesday afternoon... it was fixed! The only visible aftereffects were a slight wrinkling of the chrome on one fork leg, but otherwise the frame is back as it was before. Jamie informed me that the head tube angle was realigned from 78.5 degrees (!) to the stock 75 degrees, and the fork rake adjusted from 20mm to 25mm. Whether he cares to reveal his magic, I don't know ;)

I plan on having her built back up shortly (as soon as my healing shoulder is less angry) and expect that the ride shall be as good as before.

Fork wrinkle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashae/2315962601/

Frame: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashae/2315962731/

Detail: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sashae/2316770916/

So, a huge credit (and thanks) to Jamie Swan for repairing the frame that many considered potentially fatally wounded. Viva steel!


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