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    Is this frame cracked?

    I am planning to buy a used roadbike however the seller claims that is the paint that is cracked and not the frame. Could you guys help me out?
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    It's not cracked, just crackled.
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    Was it ridden during a drought?

    Franky, I'd pass on it. Just looking at the rusted caliper spring leads me to believe it has endured an abused and neglected life.

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    That bike looks like it's spent years chained to a pole outside. How's the rest of the bike - drivetrain, shifters, brakes, etc. Rust/corrosion?

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    it's like watching a youtube video on dog rescue:

    "Dog has been rescued after living a lonely life under a bridge"

    On a more serious note, if it's cheap and you're game enough, you could get it and then strip the thing and sand it down murder black, and then you could decide to leave it like that or paint it. It could be a fun project if you're that kinda guy

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    Ahhh, that thing has cartridge bearings, just get, oil it, ride it. Don't forget to oil it!
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    It appears to be left out in the sun for many years, clear coat and paint will break down over time (years) and crack if not taken care of. If you want a real second opinion, have it looked at by your LBS.

    And if it's cheap enough, pennies on the dollar.... it could be a nice project bike. I have 2009 SCOTT speedster Aluminum frame that started it's life out as an S60 Triple. Over time I have replaced components here and there, basically rebuilt the bike in what it is today, theses frames hold up very nicely over the years when taken care of...
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    I don't believe it; I learned a new word earlier today, "craquelure," and lo and behold, here's a chance to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmallFy View Post
    I am planning to buy a used roadbike however the seller claims that is the paint that is cracked and not the frame. Could you guys help me out?
    While I find it hard to believe you can't see that as just a paint issue it's very much indicative that the bike has led a very hard life and is most likely worthless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    While I find it hard to believe you can't see that as just a paint issue it's very much indicative that the bike has led a very hard life and is most likely worthless.
    Right? The used bikes like that I see roll in to my shop usually need hundreds of dollars of work. They tend to be neglected and under maintained, in need of cables/housing, bottom bracket bearings etc. I would't buy that thing without an inspection by a reputable mechanic.

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    It's a paint issue but if the bike has been neglected that badly, I'd be hesitant to sink cash into it as it seems you are unlikely to do any of the restoration yourself.

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