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Old 10-29-14, 09:25 AM
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Uh oh...crack

I was putting some new-to me shocks and handlebars on my very old GT hardtail MTB when I noticed a crack in the head tube. This is most likely a fatal flaw. I just spent a bunch purchasing a new road bike, so replacement is out of the question. Oh well, Just venting.

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That blows. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 10-29-14, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tk1971 View Post
That blows. Sorry for your loss.
Thanks.... Of course I am not the most cautious person, so I am almost contemplating riding it on soft single track/MUP type stuff. But that might be a bit reckless.
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Old 10-30-14, 06:39 PM
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The cracks "probably" won't completely collapse. It'll just make the bearings too loose to work well. So a hose clamp might let you ride it a little longer.
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Thinking as a retired millwright who worked as a maintenance machinist, I would like to suggest you let a machinist have a look at it. If enough of the head tube protrudes above the top tube to allow clearance for a collar it would not be a lot of work to machine an aluminum clamping collar the exact diameter of the head tube and then fit it to the bike. Think of a larger version of the type of clamping ring used to secure handlebars. Any machinist who is into biking would likely do a bushing for free as a favour. You are in New Jersey. Seriously: put a posting onto your local buy 'n' sell asking for help. You might be surprised.
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Old 10-30-14, 08:06 PM
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I agree with the hose clamp idea. That will hold you over for a long time.
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I had the same problem with my Alpinestars. Fortunately mine has a 1-1/4" head tube, so I think it would be possible to sleeve it down to 1-1/8" and have it hold up.

Odd that both of ours cracked from the top down. You'd think there would be more stress from the bottom, although IIRC mine has extra meat at the bottom, maybe yours too.
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I killed my frame as well about two weeks ago
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Nuts, When I looked at the title, I thought this thread was about drugs.
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Its just a bicycle, strip it, toss the frame in a dumpster and move on.
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