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  • Someone tried and failed to steal my bike - a lovely if slightly ratty gazelle champion mondial, and in the process totally crumpled the top tube. The tube itself is not bent out of shape, but the the damage is pretty bad. Is this safe to carry on riding? Thank you

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  • No, it's FUBAR.


  • Find someone with the right size tube block* and it might squeeze back into shape.

    *or try with a stem if it’s either 31.8 or 25.4mm od tubing.

  • Brace the top tube with a frame pump and you're good

  • ^whs

  • For reals?

  • Might make it a little better but it's beyond being just dented so not sure ultimately if it will work. By try with a stem not sure what you mean? How?

  • Clamp a stem around the area and do it up. Needs to be a removable faceplate stem obvs.

    It squashes the tube back into the round shape it’s meant to be in.

  • Oh I see, removable faceplate stem. Thanks

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Assess this damage

Posted by Avatar for krj @krj