Most frame repairs are straight forward, but during repairs poor craftsmanship can be found. I also recommend getting second opinions on repairs for cost and competency of the repairer. I personally have been formally trained and versed in proper frame repair which for many young newer builders and those that come from production shops fail to have. I spent almost as much time repairing frames with my predecessor as we did building new frames. These many builders are charging premiums for the repair steel frame repairs without the background to properly diagnose and efficiently repair them. Since I have solid base of experience with repairs of frames and a stock of older tubing I can provide repairs much more economically than current builders can. My repairs often leave the frame in better condition than when it was originally built.
As a note very few frames should be burned apart to remove the broken tube or part to be replaced. Regardless what any builder says only silver brazed joints are the only joints that should be sweated apart with the torch. Mechanical removal is the only safe way to remove these old pieces. The heat is far too high and the temperatures required to liquify the old filler is hundreds of degrees higher than the temperature used to build the frame initially. This additional heat and the second heat cycle is not good for the tubing and steel components of the frame. This can cause a greatly increased chance of the older tubes to fail. Unless the repairer is giving you a lifetime warranty on the replaced joints covering the areas surrounding the repaired area. If not stay away from that builder. I back all my repair with a lifetime warranty to cover this.
All of my frames are prepared with Campagnolo frame tools. Campagnolo have been the only tools that cut and face in a controlled and precise manner. Making them the ideal tooling for actual precise and straight frames. My set was acquired in the 90’s and has been at the center my building high tolerance frame sets.
The following is a rough list of repair pricing. Pricing does not cover parts removal, repaint or parts reinstall, only the repair of the frame. Additional costs are incurred for removal and reinstall of parts. I also do not do patching of damaged paint I will only repaint fully stripped frames to provide a solid consistent finish.
All prices are based on me have the frame in a frame only state. Removal and the installing of parts will incur additional labor.
Single tube replace typical 375.00 to 550.00 newer and specialty tubes will be at the higher end of price range use of my stock tubes at the lowest price.
Drop out replacement 175.00 per drop out, 325.00 pair
Adding braze-ons 45.00 per braze on for basic steel simple braze ons. Higher cost on specialty and stainless braze ons depending on what is being put on.