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Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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Evan Marks (not verified) (nm)
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Banana Guy (not verified)
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Nathan (not verified)

Anyone local that can repair a steel lugged frame? Got a frame that was in a crash and although it looks straight I would like to make sure.


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Evan Marks (not verified) (nm)
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Fixer (not verified)

Is there something noticeably wrong, or is this a solution in search of a problem?

If the wheels seem to line up squarely in the frame, and you can ride it no-hands without it pulling towards one side, I wouldn't bother.

Anyone can tell you it's off by point-something millimeters this way or that; but if you don't notice it, it's not worth correcting.

That said, I have used, and am happy with frame repairs done for me by Raphael at Chelsea. Might not be a fast turn-around, but it'll be done well. Besides, it's the only game in town...

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David Regen (not verified)
re: lugged steel frame repair

I recommend Tom Kellogg ( About 2 years ago, I sent my then-14-yr-old steel frame for refitting--alignment, spreading the rear drop outs from 126 to 130mm, removing a stuck seatpost, replacing the treaded steering tube with a treadless one and re-cutting the threads on the rear drop out adjusters, bottom bracket and rear derailleur hanger--and repainting. The whole thing came to about $400. I asked for red graphics but he told me he had them, they weren't popular, so he silkscreened them with paint. Paint alone is about $250, so considering all the work he did, I thought it was a bargain. You could spend considerably more at Cyclart.

The paint, btw, is the toughest paint I've ever seen. On the way home from one of my first rides, I leaned my bike on a wall to pull a door open and the bike tipped over--the top tube hit the metal door edge hard, making a huge racket (and me making a bigger one thinking I just screw up my new paint job), but there wasn't even a scratch.

It's a bit pricey, but if you have an old steel frame that you cherish, it's worth it.


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jk (not verified)

He asked for a TIG welder IN NYC.

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Doug Kalb (not verified)

A 2nd vote for Chelsea on west 26th St.
Not only do they repair & paint frames, the owner is a frame builder, working with steel, aluminum, titanium & carbon.

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