After some minor cleanup work on Allie's bike this morning it was ready for me to drop off at the powder coater. I am glad that the 20" wheels worked out as I know the 16" wheels were presenting way to many problems. The frame should be ready for me to pick up on Friday and as soon as I get a set of wheels for it the bike will be ready to ride!
The other project I am working on is the "Vittorio Strada" frame repair. Once I got into the frame and had the chainstays cut out I was able to see just how much rot this frame had truly suffered. The dropout ends were completely packed with rust and all along the chainstays you can see many different rust spots. The worst of course being where they rusted all the way through.
I am not sure if this particular frame is just a result of someone not taking care of it, or if this is a result of the frame not having any proper vent holes at the dropouts. With vent holes it allows airflow throughout the tube and for the inside of the tubes to dry out. Inversely however it can also let moister in. While both schools of thought hold some merit I personally believe that moister will get in no matter what and it is better to allow some air flow to dry out what moister does eventually get in. That and a good liberal dose of frame saver never hurt either.