Re: [CR]Help! UPS bent my Cinelli

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Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 09:28:38 -0700
From: "Rachel Valiensi" <>
To: George Allen <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Help! UPS bent my Cinelli
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Hi, That can be straightened out. I'd use two large adjustable wrenches; one to steady the bit closest to the stays and they other to bend the lower part. I've had to open up closed-down drop outs too, Just use a large screw driver or pry bar to do it. Drop outs are commonly made from mild steel and it is quite ductile. Good Luck. James Valiensi Northridge, CA USA On Wednesday, July 02, 2008, at 08:53AM, "George Allen" <> wrote:
>I received my 1974 Cinelli SC today and much to my chagrin UPS has bent
>the drive side drop-out.
>Here's a picture:
>Any advice from frame builders or other experts are welcome. It looks
>like just the lower tang of the drop is bent inward and upward. Thus, it
>would have to be bent outward and spread as well. Can I just use a
>Crescent wrench and bend it back and then try to spread it with
>something akin to a mini scissors jack?. Actually, I'm scared to death
>to attempt it as the bike is in really nice original shape and I DO NOT
>WANT A REPAINT if I somehow broke off the tang. I think I should just
>send it off and let someone more skilled and experienced than myself to
>execute the repair. Plus, they could check the alignment as well. Any
>George Allen
>Heartbroken in
>Lexington, Kentucky
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