Tibetan tig welding!

People often wonder what happens if their frame breaks on the road. Martin, who joined us on the first Spiti trip we organised and helped unearth much of the singletrack, just emailed these pics. He was riding Lhasa to Kathmandu on a jeep-supported tour this autumn. My Specialized Enduro frame gave up the ghost around Shigatse, but fortunately we managed to track down the only man with a Tig welder who did an OK job on repairing and reinforcing the frame. The frame lasted the remainder of the trip. It took some serious hammering and filing to get the inside of the seat tube to accept the seatpost afterwards! The metal of the frame bulged inward where the welds were done, he said. Just goes to show what a bodge can do, even on an aluminium frame…

Tibetan tig weld


Oh, and Specialized didn’t bat an eyelid about sending him a new frame under warranty…


1 Response to “Tibetan tig welding!”

  1. 1 al November 6, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Specialized did EXACTLY the same for me after some quality Sudanese welding…

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