I've purchased a cheap Genesis Croix de Fer frame with a dent on the chainstay (see photo). The previous owner was hit by a car and had the frame and other parts replaced by the car owner's insurance. The insurance company didn't want the dented frame, so I could buy it cheap.
It doesn't look like it's crooked. Haven't tried it with a wheel yet to see if it runs straight. And the inner side of the chain stay doesn't look bend, if that makes sense.
Do you think I need to be worried about riding it? Would you ride it? And should I try giving it to someone who could fix it? Or should I just leave it and ride it? I have an old beater of a steel race bike - turned singlespeed - from the 70's with a small dent on its top tube, and it has served me well for 3 years or so now without showing any signs of giving up. But of course the pressure applied when riding is different from top tube to chainstay.
My plan is to build it as a singlespeed everyday-bike with flat bar, mec. disc brakes and 40mm tires.
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