Costly Reynolds 531, Columbus, Tange, Vitus butted bicycle frame tubing -- thick-walled at the ends for strength, thin-walled in the middle for light weight -- is an essential element of a top custom framebuilder's masterpiece. A vintage, silver-brazed steel-frame bicycle with butted tubing is, well, priceless.
But -- a moment of carelessness when parking a bicycle can quickly result in tragedy. A thin-walled frame lands on a fencepost, stump or rock. BOOM, it's dented, ruining the bicycle's appeal and value.
Bicycle tube with nasty dent
What is to do? You must remove that dent! But -- how?
Some dent-removal tools use "frame blocks" to compress the tube from the outside. This is a wimpy, ineffective method only used by retrograde, old-school mechanics. After all, the dent is to the inside.
You might stuff a steel rod down a seat tube or head tube, to push the dent out. But it only gets pushed partway out.
A framebuilder may replace the entire frame tube -- a trick to boost profits. The damaged tube has to be sawed apart, remnants ground away, new tube brazed in, the entire frame repainted. This can cost well over $1000 and you won't have your bike back for weeks or months! How can you be sure that the replacement tube is of the same quality as the original?
Our System removes those pesky dents in a
|1. Lay our ShelBroCo Dent Location Gauge Wire along the outside of the frame, to measure the location of the dent.|
| 2. Connect the appropriate grade of
Flash Dent Remover to the end of the wire.
|3. Insert the Gauge Wire with attached Flash Dent Remover into the tube, to the depth you measured. Thanks to our Electrical Actuator, the hazard of premature actuation is drastically reduced!|
4. Connect the Electrical Actuator (left)
Dent gone -- in a flash! A bit of touch-up paint and it's like new! But -- any powerful tool must be used with appropriate care. ShelBroCo Flash Dent Removers are sold in ten strengths -- Grade 1 to 10. Start with Grade 1 and work upward.
The tube shown in the image below may look mildly abnormal if you mouse over it, but that is probably a Photoshop job -- a crude attempt at insurance fraud. Still, caution is certainly appropriate.
Fabelaktig! Jeg burde ha etablert en pris for dette! (Brilliant! I should have established a prize for this!)
Dr. Alfred Nobel, Stockholm
Enfin, mes cadres seront renouvelés! (Finally, my frames will be like new again!)
René Herse, Paris
Stupendo, maraviglioso, come Vesuvio! (Wonderful, marvelous, like Vesuvius!)
Antonio Zambelli, Napoli, Italia
Road Runner, Road Rider, Road Kill!
Wile E. Coyote
Beep beep, boom boom, bye bye!!
The Road Runner
|In Commemoration of
The Inventor of the
Nanodrive, Product W, Carrababy, Tork-Grip Universal Torque Wrench,
Real MAN Saddles, Symmetrispokes, the Geomagnetic Booster, and
POWerwheels, Sheldon "Genius, But Modest" Brown
|George Brown photo|
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