After some research on the web to see how I might repair the bike this time and I'm finding it a little difficault finding solutions for my bikes setup. These days bikes seem to have a separate derailleur hanger that sits inside the frame unlike mine.
Mine (around 2006)
So I thought that I might be able to get one of these, fit it to my bike and bypass the stripped and bent frame. Dropped by a local bike shop, showed the photo and asked it if was possible and was told that it's not (as I suspected but had to ask) and the bike is to old. The frame will need to be straightened and the re-threaded and because the derailleur is slightly bent a new one wound't hurt and all for a little over $100.
Not too bad but I want to give it a go myself first as I find it a whole lot more appealing than getting someone else to do it. After my initial post I've had some help from people at work (one who in a past life worked at a bike shop) have come up with another solution.
- Straighten the frame (I'm going to try a vice)
- Straighten the pulley arms(or whatever they are called) on derailleur
- Drill/Bore out the stripped thread
- Fit a Frame Saver (thanks Brendan) after sourcing... further research has shown they are also called dropout savers.
- Re-install derailleur
- Take into bike shop and get derailleur realigned (if necessary)
The Apollo may yet ride again!!!