Bent axle and dropout - terminal ?

When riding my trusty steed a couple of months ago, I moved off in a higher gear than usual and heard a graunching noise from the back wheel, which started rubbing against the forks.

I discovered that the rear axle had bent at the drive end and, presumably as a consequence, the dropout on that side was also bent.

The wheel itself is OK, nothing that a new axle wouldn't sort out, but I'm a bit worried about the dropout, having heard that straightening out a bent one can lead to weakness and in due course fatigue failure.

I'm riding a new bike now, but I'd like to fix the old one to use as a runabout.

Any tips or advice ? Thanks.


is it steel dropouts /frame ,frame builders tweak things like this so theres a certain amount of bending which is no big deal at all


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You can do this yourself, using a smooth face shifting spanner. To check that it is parallel with the other side, bolt an old axle to it (nuts either side of the straightened drop out) and this should centre correctly on the other side.
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