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08-18-2008, 07:01 PM
I have a '79-'80 steel Univega that I love but unfortunately I somehow managed to crack the dropout/frame. It's one of Univega's nicer frames so I hate to let it go w/o a fight. Do you know a welder or frame welder or someone who might be willing to fix this for me for cheap?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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08-19-2008, 11:09 AM
Although in theory larger LBS's have welding capabilities, I suspect most mechanics will try to talk you out of it. It's not clear how strong the replacement would be.

I'm sorry. Light a candle, lay flowers at its grave, pray for its quick passage into Bike Heaven. For safety's sake, you should probably resign yourself to purchasing a new frame.

08-19-2008, 01:33 PM
That frame ain't dead yet! One of the best things about steel frames is they can actually be fixed. The question usually is the cost/benefit analysis. Any of the local frame builders in town should be able to replace your rear drop-outs, provided they have the time and will. The paint in the area will, of course, be ruined. So you have to weigh the cost of a paint job in your calculation of whether it's worth fixing (or just spray it yourself if aesthetics aren't an issue).

My old Bonty MTB was crashed hard by a friend, effectively changing the headtube angle by crimping both the top and down tubes at the headtube junction. KB was able to replace the entire headtube by just cutting away the bent portion of the top and down tubes. In the end the wheelbase of the bike was a few cm shorter, but I rode it for about 10 more years without issue. Of course my poor friend had to spring for the repairs and the snappy new three-color fade rasta paint job...

Jeff Wills
09-11-2008, 08:32 PM
Replacing a dropout on a steel frame should be a straightforward job, but I've heard that many of the local framebuilders are booked solid for many months. You might try taking the frame to the Handmade Bicycle Show (http://www.oregonmanifest.com/) and hanging a sign around your neck saying "Fix My Frame. Please!".

I'll bet some willing and capable apprentice will step up.