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Crystal

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Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:41:08 AM »
I often hear the debate about aluminum vs steel frames and one of the arguments in favor of the steel frame is that it is easier to solder steel, so if you're in the middle of nowhere you can fix your bike. On the other hand, I never heard of anyone breaking their frame. Has anyone had or heard of experiences with broken frames?

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Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 08:22:55 PM »
Yes I did. In Bulgaria I met a dutch cyclist who broke his fork and had to travel over a 1000km with a fork fixed up with some pieces of wood. Heinz Stuck of course can tell you a lot about broken frame as his frame broke dozen and dozen of times. I remember him telling me that it now is hard to find any junction of his frame that never had been welded! Of course he biked for about 45 years and over 600,000km but it still tells you that it does happen. I met another guy in Thailand who told me that he broke his aluminum frame in the middle of nowhere and that he will never travel on an aluminum bike ever again. I heard a few other similar stories but those one are from people that I actually met. Beside the fact that it is easier to weld, I think that the best advantage of steel is the comfort, I found that a loaded steel bike is much more comfortable to ride as it is much less stiff.
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Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2010, 01:09:09 PM »
Yep, I know a dude who also broke his aluminum frame. Luckily he was not in the middle of the bush!

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Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010, 11:21:53 PM »
 ::) I have broken three frames to date. They all have been cracks down near the dropouts, where they are welded to the chainstays. That is one of the most vulnerable spots on a frame, especially under touring load. All of my breakages have happened close to home, and I would say they were caused by a combination of heavy use and chinsy manufacture (Puegeot, Trek, Bianchi.) The debate about aluminum vs steel is iffy - it is true that you are more likely to find someone abroad who is able to weld your steel alloy frame, but you are not going to "solder" it in the bush so to speak. If you ar elooking for a very stout frame fo rtouring - hands down the Surly Long Haul Trucker is your best bet. The dropout area mentioned above is gusseted in such a way that I cannot imagine brekage ever occuring.

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Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010, 03:02:12 AM »
 I own a hand built frame from a bike builder in perth and he swears by steel frame.
  Its 531 reynolds tubing and is already 15 years old. Its a huge 680mm frame!! I'm 190cm tall. I used to have a steel Clamont  (from sydney) and it too was a good bike.

  My other half uses a Shogun Alpine GT steel built frame and also is 15 years old. Chrome molly
Apparently Avanti also make a good tourer

Where the tubes join its best to have a fancy joiner. This ensures lots of surface area for the brazed join. This is a good indication of frame quality. Welds tend to break.


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Re: Has anyone heard of a broken frame?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 07:31:15 AM »
This is something else we have in common Fred: The reynolds 531, this is such a great frame!
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