Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, ...
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Why the penny-farthing?

The penny-farthing was the standard until the diamond-frame "safety bike" was "invented" and revolutionalized the world of bikes. It seems to me strange to have to "invent" to put the same size of ...
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26“ vs 28” wheels for touring

I was told by a friend that 26" wheels are better than 28" wheels for touring. Is this true? What are the pro's and con's? I'm told that 26" wheels are stronger for their spoke count. What are the ...
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Frame differences between 700c and 29er?

Before you answer: no matter what bike I would change tires to 2" slick front, 2" semi-slick rear, so in other words, tires in this question does not play role (now I have 26" MTB and I use 2.35" to ...
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What are the advantages of investment casting?

I'm starting to see more and more frames using investment casting for head tubes, drop outs, seat tubes, etc. Such as the new WTP c.r.e.a.m. frame . It looks nice, but I'm suspect on how much more ...
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Fitting questions - Effective top tube vs horizontal

I'm stuck in understanding size tables of a bike. For example this size chart: Am I right in my thoughts? Effective top tube (ETT) is horizontal value so, it's B1 on the chart. BS is the length of ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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What is the measurement in inches of a XL frame?

What is the conversion of a (XL) frame to it's measurement in inches?
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Can someone help identify my bike frame?

I needed to replace my old fixie frame with something lighter, and with a standard BB shell. So I came across this one online. The seller bought it off a friend who stripped and painted it, so any ...
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Can anyone identify this frame?

I've recently picked up a 'beach cruiser' frame from a local free-add site. It was claimed to be a Huffy, however I can't seem to verify this (I've emailed Huffy and I'm awaiting their response, and ...
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Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum [duplicate]

I am a new cyclist who is on my 2nd year of biking. I bought a cheapo Schwinn MTB at Walmart to start with but now I want a real road bike. I currently have $2k saved up and am looking into a ...
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Can I swap my 49cm fixie frame with a 47cm, with every other part fitting right on the new frame?

I have a 6ku fixie, 49cm frame. There is not much clearance between the top tube and me. So I wanted to buy the 47cm and change all the parts on that one, instead of purchasing a whole new bike. Is ...
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Is hydroformed tubing good?

I've recently saw that a bmx frame was hydroformed.Is it better than not hydroformed?
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Help identify this frame

I'm not sure what brand this is at all. Any help would be much appreciated. I've tried looking up the serial but i am unsure what the last serial number is. It appears to be a "b" or "6" but I am ...
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Paint chips on MTB

I've picked up the inevitable paint chips on my LaPierre X Control 299, matte graphite or dark grey 2014. Is there anyone out there who is an expert on repairing same? Does anyone know what the car ...
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Protecting carbon bike frame after a small chip?

My bike frame is carbon and it recently got a small chip. It's about the size of a pinky fingernail in size. Should I do anything to treat the chip to help prevent it from getting worse? Here's a ...
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Replacing 28in wheels with 26in

I'm told that when touring (carrying a big load) you're much better off to have 26" wheels than 28". But most second-hand bikes seem to come with 28". Is it possible to replace the larger 28" wheels ...
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How much does non-ideal frame size matter?

I have an opportunity to buy a barely-used Allez Elite for a very small amount of money (around $100). However, its frame size may be slightly different than the "ideal" size for me. If this ...
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Allez vs Secteur [closed]

I'm buying my first road bike. I don't plan on racing, but riding long distances, and comfort is one of my top priorities with quality. I tried a 58 Allez in my local shop and it felt like a dream but ...
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Tight Seatpost Installation

I'm having a bit of a problem installing my seatpost. I have a 31.6mm carbon-wrapped aluminum seatpost which fit perfectly fine in my previous aluminum frame. Unfortunately, that frame cracked, ...
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What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons for either frame design? Is it merely style preferences? Or is there ...
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difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
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High-quality commuting bike with “women's” frame

My wife wants a high-quality commuting bike (riding almost an hour each way five days a week). However, she wants it to be compatible with skirt-wearing and, as a result, refuses to have a frame with ...
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“Creaking” noise from headtube/handlebar

I have a steel frame (Columbus steel, made by Dancelli), and when I put weight on the ends of the handle bar, I hear a creaking noise from the headtube. It might not be the handlebar because I tried ...
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Frame that takes 700x35

I'm looking for a new frame. My only requisite is that the frame should be able to take 700x35 wheels (the type of wheel I want). How can I know if a frame is suitable or not for these kind of ...
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Tough road or touring frame/bike

I recently had my bike destroyed by a car. I love cycling, and since I'm no longer a research fellow, I'm considering replacing it with a bike with great longevity (N.B. I know that until a process is ...
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Why do some triathlon seatposts go straight up and down instead of at an angle?

Why is it that some triathlon bikes have a seat post that adjusts straight up and down instead of the more standard axis that aims at the bottom bracket? This means that if you raise (or lower) the ...
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Type of cycle for losing weight and staying fit for a beginner [closed]

Over a year ago I was diagnosed with a collapsed arch in my left foot and despite trying many times I have not been able to get back on the treadmill. I have been thinking of getting a bicycle to ...
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Knowing what bicycle frame material I have

I have a bicycle frame that's really heavy. It's a mountain bike frame with shocks, so I decided to replace the entire frame with a city bike aluminum frame(I only use the bike if I have to pick ...
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Should my foot be able to step flat on the ground, when I sit on a bike seat?

I was wondering, for a correctly sized mountain bike, or hybrid, should I be able to place my foot flat on the ground, when I sit on the bike seat?
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Help please to identify my Tandem

I have just purchased an old tandem, but don't know the make or year. Can anyone help me to identify it. The frame is steel and it has a frame number of 452599. There are no decals fitted but I attach ...
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Can a road bike be transformed intto an mountain bike? [closed]

I have a rigid road bike right now, can I transform it into a full suspension mountain bike?
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how to strip the paint from a bike yourself?

How can I strip the paint from a bike frame? I tried using a sander and it left really annoying scratch marks on the frame. Is it possible to use a chemical paint stripper to completely remove the ...
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if my height is 5'9" what mtb should I buy? [closed]

I am rookie and I want to know about mountain bike and want to know that if my height is 5.9 which mountain bike works for me. So guys please help to know about mountain bike.
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Cannondale six13 52cm Carbon top tube?

One for the Cannondale nuts: I've got a real soft spot for the Cannondale six13 and have been after one for ages. A 52cm has popped up for sale which would be ideal but I've noticed that it has a ...
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How do I identify the manufacturing year of a Surly pacer frame?

I am looking at purchasing a used Surly Pacer. However, the owner is unsure of the year (he also bought it used). Are there any visual cues that I can use to identify the year of the frame?
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Carbon frame strengh

Almost every question Bicycles.SE about damaged carbon frames seems to get the same answer: "the frame isn't safe anymore." How strong of a hit is needed to break a carbon frame? There are little ...
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Are there any manufacturers of steel road bikes today? [closed]

Is there any major bike manufacturer that still makes steel road bikes today? The frame of my old Bridgestone got cracked and the crack is too close to the alloy BB lug for me to be able to weld it. I ...
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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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Why don't race bikes have solid front triangles?

I know that cutting material out makes a bike lighter, but at some point there must be a crossover between weight and aerodynamics. Since tri-bikes and track bikes have more oval/flat shaped tubes, ...
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Is it possible to compensate a short sized frame by adjusting seatpost and stem?

Could you achieve the same position you would have on a bigger frame by raising seatpost and stem? And how could I adjust those to "simulate" a bigger sized frame?
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Do I need to plug internal cable routing ports?

I have just ordered a OneUp Components 42T sprocket and a Race Face 30T Narrow/Wide single ring so that I can convert my 3x10 drive train into a 1x10. This means that I'll be removing the front ...
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Information about an old frame

I'm looking for information about this frame- it's my trusty touring bike, and I've been gradually upgrading it - next up is to convert to 700c and a modern chainset (probably sora to keep costs down) ...
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Is there such a thing as frame failure?

Several general questions have been asked regarding how long a bike or bike frame will "last", and the gist of answers seems to be that a bike can last quite a while of the replaceable components are ...
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What is the frame called that fits 700c wheels?

I have a set of 700c wheels and am looking to buy a used frame. I want a frame that fits the 700c tires so I don't have to file down the front dropouts or use long reach brakes. What are the frames ...
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Can i stop my frame scratching my seatpost?

I have an On-One Scandal aluminium frame, into which i have put a carbon seatpost. I have been adjusting it to find the right height, and i have noticed that it is getting seriously scratched - see a ...
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Y-Foil Frames Rear Suspension?

I have a few questions about the Y-Foil frame (beam frame) Firstly as far as i have seen, there is no rear suspension system, does the fact that there is no seat tube offer suspension and dampening, ...
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Down tube and seat stay

I've noticed that in a lot of bikes (though certainly not all), the seat stay and the down tube are parallel or nearly so. Is there any structural reason why a manufacturer might make that choice or ...
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Building a 36er bike [closed]

I'm casually researching building a 36er bike, preferably mountainbike style. I'm looking for the experience of others on this. I would like to own it more for curiosity sake than any other, but would ...