Building the frame of a bicycle, starting with just a pile of tubes.

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Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?

It's been in my girlfriends back yard for years and I'm under the impression that it's a pretty uncommon bike because I can't find any information on it. Her stepfather spray painted a camo pattern on ...
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What are the advantages of a custom frame for a touring bike?

I'm building a new bike for touring while traveling, so I want a break-apart frame with S&S couplers, like the Salsa Vaya Travel, or another steel touring frame retro fit with couplers. I want a ...
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building a cargo trike (bakfiets): steel thickness

I'd like to build a "bakfiets"; a cargo-trike with the box in front. I've found several resources, but none of them talk about the framebuilding material. What is are my material options; steel? what ...
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top tube angle on steel and carbon road bikes

You generally see the top tube on steel bikes being parallel to the ground, whereas on a lot of carbon bikes it's angled. Why is that? (my observations are obviously limited, but it seems like a ...
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MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks

Given that frames are generally brazed, not welded and given that MIG welding will work on simple bike hacks what are the downsides of MIG welding these hacks? For example, I would like to make a ...
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Why offset the rear rim to the hub and not the hub in the frame?

I'm currently reading The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt, and I'm reading all of the issues with offsetting the rear rim toward the drive side of the hub... Asymmetry in a rear wheel built for a ...
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What would be the “definitive” formula to calculate chainstay length from sprocket size, chainring size and number of chain links?

Before I started to write this answer, I thoroughly read this question, its answers and comments: How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth? So, my question tries to ...
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Where can I buy lugs for a classic roadster frame geometry?

The title says it all. I want to build my own frame and need lugs that will fit the roadster (e.g. Raleigh Tourist) geometry.
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Bottom bracket for framebuilding

This question has got me hugely excited about building a bamboo bike. I've found some instructions and tips here and here. I plan to find/buy an old bike to use as a donor. I think I'll use the head ...
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How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth?

Simply knowing the number of teeth on a chainring can we determine an accurate diameter?
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What tools are required to begin building a frame?

What tools are required to begin building a frame? Are there DIY substitutes for any of them? Are there things that aren't requirements, but simplify the process enough to be worth the cost? Aside ...
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Equipment needed for Frame-building?

Since misunderstood question here, a new question with narrow scope. So what are equipments need for frame-building?