To Frame Repair or Not Frame Repair
Picture: A 2005 Turner 5-Spot frame that cracked on the top tube (all the way around) at the weld that holds the gussett to the seat tube.
Imagine: Welding the frame up (known aluminum welder) and riding the heck out of it for four months afterwards.
Picture: Carrying the bike off the trail, back to the truck, after a four mile hike-a-bike session and being thankful that my thigh or other body parts were not impaled.
Synopsis: If you break it, dont fix it. Dont think you can fix an aluminum tube by simply having it welded. The heat treat is not performed and the tube hardness, along with surrounding welds, goes to ZERO once heated. Yep, lesson learned.
Hope: Are there older Turner 5-Spots available here and if so, is it really worth consideration since there is a life limit on aluminum regarding stress fatigue. Hmmmm??