So... this is screwed isn't it?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by chthonic, 9 Oct 2007.

  1. chthonic

    chthonic Über Member


    Coming home last night there was some creaking when I applied the power heavily, so I thought I'd stop and check if there was a problem (i've learnt that lesson before).

    The downtube is cracked through nearly 3/4 of the way round, mostly being held together by the Reynolds 531 sticker!

    Is this worth getting welded back together, or am I just better off buying a new bike? It's 8 years old and done about 16,000 miles...
  2. andharwheel

    andharwheel Senior Member

    Frozen North
    Is that a Dawes Galaxy? I broke one of a similar age a few years ago in exactly the same place.
    If it is a Dawes they have a lifetime guarantee. I got a new frame from them.
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    Am I right in thinking it's welded and not a lugged frame?

    Replacing the tube is very straight forward with lugs and is possible with a welded frame but not quite as straightforward.

    However both methods plus respray will not be cheap, so unless the bike is a cherished heirloom, any expenditure should be weighed up against the reality that there are plenty of Reynolds 653 frames available for about £325 or so. (IIRC)
  4. OP

    chthonic Über Member

    It's a old-style Dawes Horizon - Galaxy frame, but cheaper bits.

    I'm going to try Dawes for a replacement frame, but it was crashed about five years ago and that will no doubt be their get-out clause. The top tube has some paint stress marks too, and this is one reason I immediately checked the frame when I heard creaking.

    I think I'll write it off to experience and get a new bike.
  5. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Had the same problem a few months after being T-boned by a camper van. It seemed that the only damage was a taco'ed back wheel and neither I nor my LBS (who checked the bike) noticed a tiny dent in the DT and the tube was very very slightly bent. I did about 25 very careful miles from Kilburn back to York after noticing but it got no worse. I was ready to ditch the frame, but eventually got the tube replaced for about £100, incl respray (it was a pretty good bike). I guess it'd probably cost another £50 now, a few years later.
  6. gary r

    gary r Guru

    i have an old kenesis Racelight T about 54.55cm if your interested,you could just swap the bits over??
  7. gary r

    gary r Guru

    Ebay?? or a bit of tape and a jubilee clip should see you OK for a few thousand miles!!!!!
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Completely OT here - but are you the chthonic who is the QOTW person on
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