Here's my "long distance" ride, which is an old steel MTB without suspension.
I picked it up by the saddle to move it and felt some play, I thought the saddle rails might have been loose, but as per picture, there's a crack 90% of the way around the frame.
I have bent it open a bit more with medium finger pressure.
The crack shows evidence of rust, so its been a slow break rather than a sudden one.
I weigh 100 kilos (220 pounds) and have long legs, with a standover height of 91 cm (3 feet). The frame is too small for me, at 20" (51 cm).
The seat post was reinforced internally with extra pipe (I have bent seat posts before). The post extended 10 cm (4 inches) into the frame — i.e., well past the crack — and then 29 cm (11 inches) up to the seat.
Strava says I've done 2,949 km (1,832 miles) on this bike in the last 15 months.
So my main question: is this an old-age fatigue failure of the frame, or did I break it by being too tall, or too heavy?
Second – is the frame repairable or is it now scrap?