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    Adding character?

    I remember when it happened very clearly, it will forever be etched in my mind. I came around a corner and the top tube of the bike was drawn to this railing that was off to the side. I landed on the ground, after making contact with the railing, in either someone's vomit or smashed pumpkin. I had orange crap on me from my helmet down to my boots. I should not have been on my bike with the amount liguid I had consumed.

    So have I added character or have I effed up the structural strength of the frame? I think because it's steel and a stout Surly I'll be okay. It was difficult to take a photo that shows the dents well.


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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    You made your Surly "A One Of Its Kind" , but don't worry
    Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

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    shoot them an email with the pictures just to be safe.
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    never tried anything new..... Albert Einstein

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    Beausage--beautiful usage.
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    I received an email back from Eric at Surly. The concensus is that it's not the end of the world for this particular frame, just the expected warning to keep an eye on it. Ride on!! Got to love Surly and steel bikes.

    This LHT is about to get a makeover with modern Deore components.

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    That was just a "love tap"...
    Safe riding,

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    Ya I got one of those, OTB trip in rock garden

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    Maybe this should be a pic thread about Surly war wounds.

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    love it,
    Thank mates your Surly one of a kind
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    That won't cause any structural problems. It's far from any welds and a pretty low stress area of the frame. You've just 'cold worked' the steel a little bit. If you dented it in far enough that it was getting near the neutral axis of the tube (centerline) or bent the whole tube to the side, maybe there'd be concern of buckling.
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    People will just think you're really hardcore now. Good conversation starter too.
    Steel can bend a lot more than aluminum without causing stress or cracks. I wouldn't worry.

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    Fixed it.


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