Years ago I did have a right dropout failure at the stay that Riv repaired 
and Joe Bell repainted. I thought about that as a contributor as well, but 
not so much from the riding while the dropout was broken but up and down 
our steep hills around us here.

Andy Cheatham

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:38:17 PM UTC-4, William deRosset wrote:
> Dear Andy,
> That is a weird failure. Is the chainstay/dropout/top eye broken or 
> something to allow movement in the rear triangle?
> Depending on your aesthetic needs, getting a competent framebuilder to 
> replace the stay and primer/rattlecan the repair will be the low-rent way 
> to get it fixed and back on the road. The paint will be more than the 
> repair otherwise.
> Best Regards,
> Will
> On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:06:13 PM UTC-6, ascpgh wrote:
>> Tuesday afternoon I put my Rambouillet in the work stand to check 
>> everything over before the inaugural ride of the neighborhood coffee shop 
>> group ride and I noticed my rear brake caliper moving way too much when I 
>> stopped the rear wheel. I thought that my mounting bolt was loose.
>> Upon closer examination I realized the tubular bridge between the stays 
>> has completely broken its brazing and is free to rotate when the back brake 
>> is applied. Not a little bit, a lot.
>> Scientific analysis couldn't determine a worse day of the year to be 
>> looking for frame repair/repaint or get a new one. I know the paint alone 
>> is going to be big if I have the original finish replicated. 
>> I'm just sick about it.
>> Andy Cheatham 
>> Pittsburgh

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