The Steel Repair Myth

The Steel Repair Myth

Postby Cheesewheel » Thu May 09, 2013 11:40 am

Reading this guys article made me rethink automatically opting for steel bike frames for touring.

http://www.downtheroad.org/Equipment/Bi ... r_Myth.htm
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by BNA » Thu May 09, 2013 1:26 pm

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Re: The Steel Repair Myth

Postby RonK » Thu May 09, 2013 1:26 pm

The lugged and silver-brazed frames of yesteryear could have been repaired with fairly basic equipment and skills if a braze weld failed.

But if a tube failed, silver brazing could not be relied on to effect a repair.

And for modern frames with butted and tig welded tubes, such basic techniques will not effect a repair either.

So yes, it is a myth which is promoted and perpetuated by steel aficionados.
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Re: The Steel Repair Myth

Postby Wingnut » Thu May 09, 2013 10:02 pm

I agree it's less common to see frames fail these days, unless you're on a K-Mart special...but if I was in the middle of nowhere with a frame that needed welding I'd rather be on a steel frame than some other materials...
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Re: The Steel Repair Myth

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu May 09, 2013 10:44 pm

RonK wrote:The lugged and silver-brazed frames of yesteryear could have been repaired with fairly basic equipment and skills if a braze weld failed.

But if a tube failed, silver brazing could not be relied on to effect a repair.

And for modern frames with butted and tig welded tubes, such basic techniques will not effect a repair either.

So yes, it is a myth which is promoted and perpetuated by steel aficionados.

And even k-mart specials have opted for butt-welding over lugged.

I don't know if there were ever any lugged bikes of quality in the old days but I suppose if there were any then they would be a compelling option for touring in those 3rd/4th world places.
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Re: The Steel Repair Myth

Postby il padrone » Fri May 10, 2013 7:24 am

ColinOldnCranky wrote:I don't know if there were ever any lugged bikes of quality in the old days but I suppose if there were any then they would be a compelling option for touring in those 3rd/4th world places.


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