Originally Posted by The Gnome
I am going to err on side of caution and not ride it but it is odd Reynolds thinks that when not only here, but on other frame building forums ect plenty of folks with experience say that 853 really can't be tigged and is an accident waiting to happen...
This is a tricky question.
#1: I doubt a frame builder wants to assume the liability even if the shop is an experienced Reynolds shop.
#2 Even if the shop welds to Reynold's spec setup. the cost of blowing the joint is high. Now, I'm sure I've offended a dozen welders out there, but they know non-pretty welds happen.
#3 If the welder is just any old welder, I'm sure they could blow it pretty easily given how special the material is. That's where some of the "no way" opinions are coming from.
I'd do it and leave it on the trainer. But, like another post said, there's no way it's "set and forget" road worthy.