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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
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Building bike from scratch: why more expensive than pre-built?

I was going to ask about the pros and cons of building one's bike from scratch, but I came to the conclusion that I'm not going to do it (asking and building). Now my question is: why is it (usually, ...
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Wheel building - ever encountered nipples that are screwdriver-only?

I bought "powder coated" nipples for a new build to match a frame. It's for a SOMA Wolverine and the wheels were to be black spoke & rim with orange nipples - all the other non-orange parts are ...
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Can I put a Tortec Epic rear rack on a 27" frame?

I'm reviewing racks for my newly re-built vintage tour bike. I have 126mm drops. I'm guessing I can just use spacers/washers to get the width lined up, but the it's listed as 26", so if there isn't ...
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I have an old Sugino 110mm BCD ring set, can I replace low ring with SHIMANO FC-5650 chainring 34T?

I have a 48 tooth main ring with 165 cranks. FD is Sora double and rear is Tiagra short with Shimano 7 freewheel. If I can put this 34 ring on it gives me sufficient range for the next few months and ...
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If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?

I have old dull aluminum break pulls on dropbars with suicide levers. The new brakes are Tektro long reach. Should I change the levers? If so what is a good quality/price lever to buy?
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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Can I add 3rd chainring to a an old Sugino double?

I have a vintage (165mm-Crnk) Sugino 40/48 on here now, but am looking to add some gear range for up hill with med-sm load. I have a Tiagra short cage RD and a Sora double FD. I am friction shifting. ...
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I'm evaluating how to best match a new handset and rear wheel to a vintage rebuild [closed]

My first bike after move to Japan. Picked up an old 520 Cro-MO frame by Tsunoda - Grand Prix , minimal rust and decent paint. It had some old Suntour VX derailleurs, aluminum-far-too-narrow drop bar ...
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Building from scratch VS buying new

What are the pros and cons about building a bike from scratch VS buying it new?
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Should I stick with my Stolen (brand) BMX or should I build my own bike? [closed]

I live in Greece and I am 13 years old. Recently I found a Flatland frame and thought about building my own bike. Should I build my own bike or should I stick with the Stolen BMX I already have? I ...
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How to convert a commuter CX bike to an Electric bike?

I would like to convert my current bicycle into an E-bike. While there are many conversion kits available and plenty of sites with tips on this, none of them quite meet my needs, or they fail to ...
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Pedals won't turn while riding [closed]

Rebuild bike converted to a single speed. Using a tensioner on the chain. Have a three ring chainring and using the high gear (46T) and a 16T cog. Bike spins great on the work stand but riding it I ...
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Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
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What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?

I have been thinking about making the ultimate winter bike. Here are some of the things that I have been thinking about. What else would you think about when building a good winter bike. I am ...
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Building a bicycle using a service [closed]

I want to build a bicycle but I'm lacking the facilities to do a paint job etc at my place. I want to use an online 'build a bike' website but one that offers a great selection o colours, accessories ...
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Trying to build first fixie?

So this is the first fixie bike I would have owned. I am unsure if I want a freewheel one or not so I won't have to constantly pedal. But I was wondering or seeking help for how I could build one by ...
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Reuse oversized hardtrail frame to build a commuter bike? [duplicate]

I have a spare hardtrail frame which is too big (20.5") for me (5'7") for riding trails. Would it make sense to build a commuter bike for me as road/touring bike frames are generally larger than MTB? ...
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How to build a combination hand & foot cycle

My two-year-old daughter has a full right arm, a left arm that stops above where her elbow would be, no right leg at all, and a full left leg. We have found a product she can ride (the Amtryke), but ...
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Where to buy (carbon) framesets? [closed]

I'm looking for online suppliers of carbon road framesets, the major online retailers Wiggle, Evanscycles and Chainreactioncycles don't seem to have much choice available (~<10 each) with low ...
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Need help with putting together a mountain bike [closed]

I am thinking about building a new mountain bike but I'm not really sure what I need. I found a used Giant Anthem Advanced Carbon Mountain Bike Frame and I want to put disc brakes and Fox shocks on ...
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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
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Did the Giant Trinity A1 come with a derailleur hanger?

I am putting a bike together and have it all apart but don't see the derailleur hanger anywhere. Did I lose it or did the bike not come with it? If it didn't come with it, why not? Thanks.
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Trek 3700 XC Hardtail - looking to convert to temp road bike [duplicate]

Bike Description Front suspension, knobby tires Frame: Aluminum w/semi-integrated head tube, bi-oval down tube w/integrated gusset, rack & fender mounts, disc compatible dropouts, replaceable ...
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How to build a fixie bike? [closed]

I’m thinking about building a fixie and was wondering what are the best types of frame, wheels etc to use and how long the whole building process may take?
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Building a beginner trial bike

I'm slowly turning my XC biking time into trial sessions. For now I'm only doing some track stands, endo's and wheelies, but I'm probably going to go for more as soon as I can do these properly. I'm ...
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Installation of a shorter stem

I want to install a shorter stem onto my mountain bike, can I just swap them out or will I need to get the star nut replaced or reset?
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GT Chuck 1.0 component transfer to full full suspension frame

I own a GT chucker 1.0 but want to upgrade to a full suspension. Would it be posible to transfer all the components (fork, wheels, disc brakes, crankset, drive train) to a full suspension frame ...
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Unknown bike parts

I just purchased a bike online and recieved it yesterday. It has a few parts that I was hoping someone could help identify. I'm not sure what any of these are, but the two rings are metallic: I ...
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What are the possible upgrades to a 95' Cannondale M900?

Everything is original except for saddle, tires and forks. I have a sentimental attachment to this bike but would like to bring it into the 21st century. I'm looking to make this a nice project bike ...
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How can I fit this mudguard?

I thought this would be simple. The problem is that the entire brake assembly needs to be rotated to screw into a thread built-in to the fork. There's also a hex/allen hollow tube-nut at the back ...
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Should I sell a custom built mountain bike as a full bike or break it into parts?

I have a bike that I have built up over the last few years. It's a good bike and works as it is, with a good quality components. However, I want to sell it. Is it best to sell it broken down as parts ...
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Could paint build up on a bottom bracket be considered a warranty issue?

On Saturday I received the new frame for a steel xc bike I'm building up. I went to start on the weekend but noticed a large paint build up on the bottom bracket. The build up is about 15x3mm (don't ...
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If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry?

If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike, surly cross check, with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry? What would be the effect of the modified geometry on bike handling. ...
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Where can I buy a wide range of used bike parts online?

Does anyone know of a reputable website that sells a wide range of used and second hand bike parts and components? I'm helping a friend rebuild an older commuter bike and we are having trouble ...
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What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?

I've always wanted to build my own bike and I figured that a fixie has the least number of parts. Please post one part per answer. Please explain what I should be looking for in the part. Also please ...
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How do I choose a bicycle fork?

I'm putting together a bicycle on a budget from a frame I was given and various parts from a bike with a broken frame. The only part of any expense that I really need is the fork, and I want to get ...
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Is it possible to fit a chain guard to a bike with derailleur gears?

I've been slowly going through the process of converting my old hardtail mountain bike into a commuting bike. One of the things that I'd like to do is to fit a chain guard so that I can ride the bike ...
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How many headset spacers might I need?

I am building a bike. The headset is in the head tube, and the next thing is to fit the stem and handlebar to the steerer. At this point, it seems I need some headset spacers in between the headset ...
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Fixie/Single speed frame information for beginner

I don't want to buy a ready made bike because singlespeed or fixed gear bikes are way expensive due to their popularity. I want to make my own bike, I haven't build a bike from scratch before. I want ...
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Tapered Head Tube

I am wanting to understand how a tapered head tube works. Does it require a tapered steerer, or is it the case that the steerer is a consistent diameter top and bottom and just the bearings differ in ...
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How can I get started building a bicycle?

Now that I've been riding a while, I'm interested in building my own bike. In this case, it will be a bike for commuting and getting around town. It will probably be a flipflop fixie/single gear, ...
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Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”

I am going to make a custom fixie bike (possibly with a front brake) that I will use to race on tracks and even commute with. I have been looking at a Planet X frame, and they seem to have very ...
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Is this a good road bike frameset to consider building for a 5'6" rider?

Can this frame be used to build a decent road bike for someone 1.73m (5.6 feet)? It has 58cm ST, 58cm TT. 7005 aluminum Easton Ultralite aero tubing. 1" aluminum threadless fork. I'm coming from ...
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Wheel Build Questions for Those who have done it

To the experienced builders. What are the absolutely neccessary tools to build a reliable trued wheel? The wheel will be a 700c wheel for a standard road bike.
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Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?

Is the below groupset a good value for this frame? I picked up a vintage SuperCycle Medalist frame (I'm guessing 1970s) and am looking to make a comfortable but capable bike for commuting and ...
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Building a road bike

I've seen a lot of answers here about building a fixie specifically, but I'm looking to build up a road bike. I currently have a Surly Pacer frame and fork, a Richie handlebar and stem, and that's ...
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Building up a frame

I bought a Philips frame off Craigslist for $60, and decided I wanted to build a fixie out of it. I have the frame and a quill stem so far. The bottom bracket has to be replaced because I don't have ...
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Eliminating chainslap on a 90's Stumpjumper

I have a mountain bike - a Stumpjumper hardtail frame with a Shimano drivetrain - where I'm getting a good amount of chainslap. Before I start fiddling with stuff, I'd like to understand the problem ...