Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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Explaining the effects of frame geometries

I asked about buying a bike here, and someone asked on my behalf about test-riding a bike before buying. My question is, what should I know, or should have known, about the sizing or 'geometry' of a ...
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What's an “Auto-Mini” folding bike? Can I use one for decades without having to replace the frame?

I've been thinking of buying an internally-geared folding bike for commuting (5 km each way) and errands. I want to spend $100-$200, but I want a reasonable-quality frame; I don't want to ever have to ...
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Strange logo on the frame

I just bought this bike, but it seems like the frame is not Bianchi, all marks and texts are stickers. Also, there are quite a few logos on the frame. Does anyone know which frame this is? Thanks! ...
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Changing Frames

I just had a crash and wrecked my Cube hardtail mountain bike. Can I put all the parts, wheels, Reba Rock Shock, Shimano gears etc off my hard tail on to a full suspension frame?
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Why is carbon fiber inherently weak? Or is it?

This question got me to thinking: If it were possible for me to use a carbon frame, I would, but the expense and my riding style keep me using steel and aluminum. (I like hauling stuff on racks and ...
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Why would higher fork contribute significantly to breaking the frame?

When I recently cracked my frame near the headtube, every bike shop that I went to, asked me explicitly "Did you put a longer travel fork?". Putting aside that apparently fork travel and fork crown ...
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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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Bike too big for me

I bought a bike online based on a recommendation that a 56cm frame would be ok for me (I am 5ft 10, with 30" inside leg). However I think it is slightly too big. I have to lean forward a lot and my ...
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Can I swap my fixie frame and still keep all my old components?

I would like to change the frame of my fixie, it's too small for me now. It's a PureFix Bravo 50 cm, these are the specs. I would like to change the frame for a bigger one, a 54 or 58 cm one. Is it ...
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How bad is this fire damaged alloy frame?

I got this Shimano Ultra groupset bike for free, all I need now for it is shifters as the carbon and rubber melted in them and the original seat. But now I am wondering if I can get away with it, I ...
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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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Is there much of a difference between flatland and park/street frames?

I am a newbie at biking, and I've been wanting to get into BMX for a few years, and I can now since I actually have some money. Primarily I've been wanting a 20" BMX bike with front and rear brakes ...
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Titanium frame has a crack - advice needed

I've found a Titanium bike frame on eBay. It's very cheap and the owner says that it has a very small crack on the seat tube where it connects to a bottom bracket. See at the image below: I've ...
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How to test the endurance of a frame?

I am planning on throwing a challenge to create a bamboo frame for a unicycle, but to declare a winner I shall test some endurance criteria. The frame should be able to withstand this kind of ...
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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?

I bent the (steel) derailleur hanger on my 9spd cassetted (steel) Bianchi Volpe about 1.5 yrs ago, and I just did it again, but worse. This time the derailleur got sucked into the wheel and really did ...
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What is this brown goop on my new bike frame?

I'm building a single speed bike, and ordered parts from various different places. My EAI Bareknuckle frame got delivered this morning, and it looks great, except for this part of the fork, that has ...
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What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD

Looking at the Cervelo S5 series there are two different models but the Cervelo page offers no mention of what differences are.. could someone enlighten me? Looking just at the framesets is there a ...
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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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Carbon frame cracks

I have a 2010 Gary Fisher Cronus, when I brought the bike in for a tune up this spring the bike shop told me they wouldn't do it because of cracks around the seat post. They pointed out that I had my ...
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How to tell if a carbon frame is damaged or if the paint just has stress cracks

I am looking at a carbon framed road bikethat has me concerned.On the topside of the bottom bracket,drive side there is a very small hairline crack in the paint.The seller states that it has been ...
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Removing Seat Post rusted into downtube

I have an old steel frame (Columbus Number 2 I think) that has the seat post (Suntour Superbe Pro - see, I said it was old!) rusted in. I have tried lots of WD-40 but it will not budge. Any tips on ...
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Lowrider style bent forks techniques

Would a 24 inch bent fork fit on a 20 inch frame? Is there even a 24 inch fork? Would a 26 inch fit? Also if it doesn't fit in could I just add to the 20 inch - would you be able to extend it making ...
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I need help to identify this bike

This is my mother in law's bicycle from when she was a child. While cleaning out a lean-to on the back forty I found this bike inside. I was hoping to give her a bike that is identical to hers that ...
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How to pull a carbon seatpost out of a carbon frame?

How do I pull out a carbon seatpost on a carbon frame? It seems so hard for me... Do I need a special tool, or just ask help from a local bike shop? done with the seatpost. I made the frame and ...
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Where can I find touch-up paint?

I need grey touch-up paint for the headtube on a 2014 Whyte T-129s. How can I find out which colour exactly to buy?
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Creaking sounds from the saddle tube?

I've started to hear creaking/clicking sounds from the saddle tube. Is the frame giving up? I could look for a longer saddle post, if that would relieve some of the strain on this part of the frame, ...
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Is it possible to run standard mechanical shifting on a Scott Foil Premium frame?

The Scott Foil Premium is the highest end frame available from Scott Sports, and it is designed to run an electronic drive train, routed internally. The original reports were that this frame would be ...
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What are the differences between a mens and womens bike frame?

Why do women's bikes have a diagonal bar in the frame instead of a horizontal frame? Is this the only difference? Sorry if this has been asked (but I cannot find it by searching) and I also just ...
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Is a tri frame suitable for track racing?

I'm considering getting a fairly cheap bike built up for track racing at my local club, reusing my old carbon tubular road wheels. However, most track frames have a narrower hub spacing (120mm) ...
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Could you make a bike frame out of 24kt gold?

Obviously it's a silly idea. Apart from the cost, it's far too dense and not stiff enough to be a good frame material. What I'm asking is would it be possible to make a ridable from gold? What ...
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What's the best way to remove stick-on frame protectors

I need to move a couple of frame protectors from the head tube of my bike but don't want to damage the paint in removing them. What's the best way of getting these off?
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

How long does an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike? [Removed extra questions to be clear.] Background So far I preferred aluminium vs. steel for many reasons, but if steel lasts ...
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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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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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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, ...