Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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What fork size is 32mm (inside diameter on the frame) considered?

Good day, I'm new to the whole bike building process, but I've finally decided to make the step and build a semi-nice bike. I've bought a really nice aluminium frame 2nd hand, but its sizing has me ...
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Dual crown fork or not?

I currently own a 2015 GT Verb Expert. And after watching a Red Bull rampage video I started wondering can I put a 200mm fork on my Verb Expert. Or does my head tube need to be more angled. And is it ...
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How to build a lugged fork [closed]

I have an idea to build a carbon fork with aluminium joints. I don't have any experience in frame building but I want to read about it somewhere. Is there any good literature about how to build a bike ...
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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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Does anyone have experience with Bottom Bracket Tap/Facing sets?

I'm interested in recommending my boss get the workshop in which I work a bottom bracket tap and facing set. As it's quite an investment it's important to me to know what you're getting for your ...
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Should I worry about rain getting inside my frame?

I commute to work every day and lock my bike on the street. I have a nice saddle so I remove my seat post and take it into work with me. This obviously leaves a hole open to the inside of the ...
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Bicycle frame identify HELP

A few day ago I got this bike from a friend for a restoration. He thinks it's bianchi but I am sure it's not. It has Wienman brakes, simplex derailleurs, 3ttt steam, ofmega hubs and ofmega crankset. ...
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Lugged carbon frame repair

In broad terms, I'm wondering if it is possible to repair a high quality lugged carbon frame, say a Colnago C60, that has been cracked in the top and/or down-tube. Normally once a carbon frame has a ...
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optimum frame size for very small 5'2" female

I have a lady friend who's interested in getting into road cycling. The smallest frame sizes I've seen so far in the market are 48 and, in one instance, a 47. Is this about the most common and/or ...
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Road bike carbon fiber frame life span

I have read in several places that the carbon fiber has a shorter life span than the aluminium, and i was wondering just what would it be. I am not referring to accident related failures of the frame....
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What is the best gear ratio for speed on 20inch frame [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the best gear ratio for my 20 inch frame
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I just bought a frame off this kid in my neighborhood but don't know who makes it?

I bought this frame off a kid in my neighborhood for 100$. I looked like a cool freestyle frame. I built the bike up and just wanted to know if anybody had a clue to what company makes this frame? ...
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When to change road bike

I own this Fuij Roubaix 2008 model road bike, its an aluminium frame with carbon front and rear forks. I already did 25000km on the bike and replaced wheels, chainring, a couple of cassettes, chains ...
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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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Seat Stay Replacement - Bridgestone MB-3

I am working to restore my first mountain bike frame, a "vintage" 1993 Bridgestone MB-3. Early on, I swedged the left seat stay so that it buckled a bit & rotated about 15 degrees inward. I have ...
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Rear wheel slipping out under load

My commuting/cyclocross bike (a Surly Crosscheck) has a problem. If I tighten the quick release skewer to a normal level, sort of firm to close it, then if I step on the pedals hard at some point, ...
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Bamboo bikes - the verdict?

I'm curiously interested in buying a bamboo bike for use as a Sunday road bike, and I'm just wondering whether they're suitable: Strength at high speed? I live near Parbold, which has nice hill ...
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Am I too tall to bother modifying my old trek?

I bought an old Trek 500 series road bike a couple months ago and have put love and parts into it but it's just too damn small for me (I'm 6'4"). All the post adjustments are at their safest limits. ...
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non-steel frames and longevity

Until recently, I had a late 80's Schwinn aluminum frame bike (now a thief has a 80's Schwinn aluminum frame bike, but that's another story). I had heard a number of horror stories about early ...
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Why would a bike feature a “carbon wrapped aluminum frame”?

I saw a link to what appeared to be a Carbon bike on amazon. The price was extremely lower than any carbon bike I had ever seen. After reading a bit, it seems that the bike frame is really made of "...
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Advantages of mounting bottle under frame

I'm wondering if there are any advantages to mounting ones water-bottle on the bottom of the down tube, near the ground, versus on top of the tube. I'm mainly interested in the advantages, or lack ...
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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 bike from gold? What ...
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What would be the handling of a bike with reversed stem?

There are short and long stems: What effect does changing the stem length have on my bikes handling There are flat bars and there are curved back bars for comfort upright position: There even ...
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How can you recognise a quality steel frame?

I'm looking to buy/build a road bike and I would like it to: last 100 years have a low environmental cost As I'm not interested in shedding grams (a diet would be more helpful for me), I'm leaning ...
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Why are post ~'80s bike finishes so “dull”?

It seems that (with some notable exceptions) bikes from about the '80s and earlier seem to have more pleasing finishes than later bikes-- is there a verifiable reason for this, either economically or ...
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How to carry a step-through/mixte bike

How can one carry a bike with a step-through/mixte frame effectively?-- In comparison, any diamond-frame bike is a breeze for me to shoulder regardless of weight (okay, carrying a 25+-kg roadster is ...
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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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25 degree rise stem vs 6 degree rise stem with taller head tube - how is handling affected?

All, I’m shopping for a new road bike with endurance geometry (more upright position and shorter top tube), 9mm drop saddle-to-bars. I’ve had a Guru fit done by a professional fitter. The main ...
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Identify: 26in dirt jumper/bmx bike “fetish” brand?

I bought a 26in dirt jumper/bmx bike. No markings but the guy said it was a fetish. The set up is bmx but the frame looks like a jumper. Bmx cranks and dropouts. The serial number is SNFSD13BF1725.
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Can an aluminium frame rust from the inside if water has been in it for some time?

My bike has been sitting out in the open for a few months due to lack of space. When I finally decided to strip it down and bring it inside, a lot of water came out of the frame. It could have been ...
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Comfort vs comfort [closed]

New to the sport of cycling and considering two bikes. The Domane trek 4.3 Disc 2015 and the Domane 4.3 trek 2014 . It's for a 120 km event. Which would give more body comfort in such a distance ? I'...
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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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How to tell what BMX frame I have?

How can I determine what kind of BMX frame I have if I there no decals on the bike when I got it? I got it from my dad who found the frame and we put it together, but I am clueless as to what brand or ...
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[MTB ]How much can my bike endure? [closed]

I recently bought a (Mountainbike) Bergamont Revox 3.0 and I'm concerned that I'm not taking proper care of it. I want to know if I can, for example, ride down a flight of stairs or switch the gears ...
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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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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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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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How long will this alum frame last?

I picked up this very cool 96-97 GT rage from Craigslist with the intention of restoration- a few rusty pinch bolts, spider eggs in the brake hoods, grinding bearings and pitted races, and all the ...
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Brompton pump mount?

I have recently acquired a Brompton, which came with this zefal pump, which doesn't clip onto the frame: The rear frame on my Brompton doesn't appear to have the cage-like mounts that new models ...
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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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Does anyone know what kind of bike this is?

I found this bicycle a while back and have been planning on either fixing it up (if it's worth it) or selling it. All I have, really, is the frame. I haven't been able to find out exactly what it is ...
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Can anyone identify this bike please?

I bought this bike at a police auction and it is all aluminium and I was told it is a track bike. The serial number under the frame is VISP120888 OR V1SP120889 On the crank it has 1R9CBA and R9FAA ...
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Is it safe to ride with bent fork?

My bicycle went from this when I bought it: To this when I crashed (note the front fork bent where it attaches to the stem; front wheel almost touches the down tube): Update: Just looked at the ...
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Fort Frame head tube cracked

I have raced my Fort Bike for some time now. The head tube holding the forks has split /cracked open. What do I do now, who do I contact ? Dennis
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chain stay protection on carbon frames

I am worrying about this type of protection against chain sucks. After 1-2 months with a new Cannondale F29 2, I've found out that this part was not where it should be. Instead, the chain did it's ...
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Columba folder w/mountain 10sp cassette & Sram X7 derailleur

On my bike the derailleur mounting bracket (hanger) is held by the hub axle and therefore fills some of the dropout slot on one side and pushes the axle lower in the slot on that side. So the axle is ...
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What are the advantages of having a aluminium frame? [duplicate]

are there any advantages that an aluminium body brings to the tables over carbon frames?
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Pitted rust on frame [duplicate]

Hello I have some small pitts of rust on my 1980 Raleigh royal frame. I don't want to strip the paint and sand blast it are there any non invasive treatments? Some of the chrome surfaces also appear ...
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Lemond Frame - what model/year?

I bought this Lemond frame online. I have an opportunity to get some components for it before I actually receive the frame. Hoping to get more info on the bike (model/year) in the hope of getting some ...
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Are 29“ and 26” bikes come with different size frames?

I am going to buy a cycle. In this regard I got my framesize 20". Now I would like to know is it for 26er or 29er ?? Is frame size will be different for 29er and 26er ?? I am going to buy a GT ...