So, who can crimp my chain stays?

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mangmang
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In another thread, I’m trying to sell a 700x35c tire that is just barely too big for my frame. The process of bending the seat- and/or chainstays to accommodate slightly larger tires is crimping. I don’t think I even need the seatstays or chainstays themselves bent to get clearance – just the little cross bar on the seat stays that has the hole drilled in it for the rear brake mount.

Thick Bikes was my first thought but apparently Chris is out ’til Monday. Anyone had this done in town?


edmonds59
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Bending the brake bridge to accomodate a tire seems like a really bad idea, you will permanently damage your frame. But if you really want to consider this as a solution, hold off until you can talk to Chris.


Lyle
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Alternatively, how about mounting posts for canti brakes?


cburch
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thick is the only shop in town where the owner is also a frame builder with well over a decade of experience. you should wait till chris is back from interbike.


Greasefoot
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I would not mess with your frame or brake bridge…But Chris would be the guy to do it. He just widened the drops to 130mm and powder coated an old Schwinn frame for me and did an awesome job.


John
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Anthony Mezzatesta is another local framebuilder, up in Cranberry.


mangmang
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This Mezzatesta guy is an incredible craftsman, check out the fantasy lugwork

OK I’ll see what Chris says!


edmonds59
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Thanks for making me look at the Mezzatesta stuff, I have lusted after a Mercian frame from England for a long time, but the remoteness has prevented me from pursuing it, and domestic harmony has been intact. But now that I know there is this guy who’s only up in Cranberry…oi.


Tabby
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oh wow, those lugs are amazing


Nick D
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What kind of bike is it?


Ahlir
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I’m surprised it’s possible to do that, though I might believe it for a steel frame. That is steel we’re talking about, right?

But what do I know; I thought that the title of this thread meant that it was one of those ads that recently got chased off from Craig’s List and that found a refuge on this, our humble little message board.


mangmang
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…Ok, following up, Chris said “not worth the trouble.” It’s a chromoly frame, an Eighthinch Scrambler. I’d like bigger tires, but I can live with 32c’s, or 35c’s with a smaller profile than the Panasonic RibMo’s.

I’m a grown adult, so no doubt my next frame purchase will be a responsible touring or cargo bike with some gears, but there’re more and more FGFS frames every month that take those big 700c tires.


fungicyclist
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Why not just get a brace of 650B wheels? They are 584mm rather then 622mm. That’s what Thorn does to configure a touring bike, and what Sheldon suggests too. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/650b.html


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