Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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How important is it to face the head tube?

I have a frame that I've built up and I'm having trouble getting the tension perfect on the headset, which is not usually something I have trouble with. A friend of mine who is much more knowledgeable ...
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rebuilding/frankenbike query

My son (teenager) has a second-hand Zombie bmx style bike - it's designed for kids, but as far as I can see the frame size is the same as any bmx. It needed a bit of messing around with, I've already ...
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What defines a “compact” road bike?

I've been reading a lot about road bikes and looking at the differences between bikes called "compacts" but I don't see much consistency. I've read that compact road bikes have different gearing and ...
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How to grease a hub?

I have a question about hub, When should I grease my hub ? every 20000 km ? How do I know it needs new grease ? Because I can not see if the grease is dry or not...? Thanks
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Clear lacquer on steel frame

I'm currently working on a steel frame that I got off ebay. I'm removing the existing paint using wire brush adapters for a drill (didn't want to get involved in nasty chemical baths). One result of ...
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Putting brakes from a fat frame onto a skinny frame

I took a bunch of parts off of a bike with a hybrid titanium/carbon frame (it died), and am using them to build up a bike from a sweet steel frame I got on ebay for a song. It's my first time building ...
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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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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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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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Why is the swingarm design uncommon / rare on full suspension bicycles?

While watching a snow biking video, I saw that some of the bikes use a true swingarm design, which matches most motorcycles (as does much of bicycle technology). While this looks rather interesting, ...
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Bike frame measurements

I'm 6'2 and ride an XL hardtail. I found a killer deal for a full suspension that is a Large frame. Since I am basically right in the middle of large and xl frames would it work riding a large? I'm ...
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damage to carbon road frame at the seat stay and drop out junction

I just had a crash due to hitting a dog. My carbon fiber frame now has chip the size of a dime at the junction of the seat stay and drop out on the drive side. Should I be concerned about frame ...
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What's a good second lock option for around the frame and wheel?

I've seen a few people, specially bike messengers that use a main lock to secure their bike to a post/fence/etc. but also have a second smaller one to lock the other wheel around the frame. Which is ...
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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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Do kickstands damage the frame by being used?

I was told once that kickstands warp the frame when used, especially when the bike is laden down, and that some materials are more susceptible to this than others. Is there any truth to it?
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What are some other places to buy MTB frames online?

I am looking for sites that sell bike frames online. i find many sites list all things (forks) but stop short with frames. The best places I have found are: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ and ...
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How do I know if the tandem bicycle I've inherited is worth repairing? It has a serial # 459310 on it, no other identifiers

I've inherited a vintage tandem. It looks as if it has been spray painted, and has no identifiers, etc remaining on the frame. The serial # on the bottom reads -459310. Any ideas on a make or model, ...
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What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?

I would like to build a custom belt-drive bike for my daily commute. I am looking for a frame and a belt-drive kit for a total budget of about 500$. I ride all year long, and winters here (Montreal, ...
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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 ...
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Saddle or frame shape for painful Coccyx?

As a child I was very active, and in a weight-lifting injury I damaged my Coccyx, making it very difficult to sit in the same position for long periods of time. As such, bicycling, what once was a ...
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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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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?
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Calculate frame stack and reach

Is is possible to calculate stack and reach for framesize 63?
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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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Can a (relative) beginner adjust spacing on a 501 cromo road frame?

Have acquired a cheap old Peugeot road bike from ebay; nice cromo frame, but it needs a new rear wheel and unfortunately I didn't check the dropout size before buying. It has an OLD of ~120mm, but I ...
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Is there a quality alternative to powder coating when it comes to repainting a steel frame?

I'm not a paint expert and want to make a choice that will last a few years. I know that powder coating will last a long time, but I'm restoring an older bike and don't want to spend too much. Maybe ...
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What type of bike is appropiate for my situation?

First off, sorry for being unable to phrase my question more precisely. Currently, I ride a 26" hardtail mountain/trail bike to and from work/university (around 7km each way). Surely, this is not the ...
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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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Skid on small frame

I bought a new, cheap and maybe nasty fixed gear bike. They were only in sizes 54cm and 56cm, so I had to go for 56cm, even though my road bike is 61cm and I'm 186cm. My first few skidding attempts ...
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Rear tire has started rubbing frame at one spot

Riding my bike within my suburban residential neighborhood, I felt a shock, like a snap although I don't think anything snapped, followed by a rubbing noise every few seconds. Pedaling and the brakes ...
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Why does a bike frame have to be above 56 cm usually to fit 700c tires?

I first came across this when I was looking at the Surly LHT, but I started to see it everywhere. It seems to me they can just put on a longer fork or something, or is it more for the back wheel?
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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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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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Maintenance on an Aluminium frame

I have an aluminium frame. The top tube has become slightly scratched or pitted (by something hard, presumably, I don't know what; maybe while it was parked). Does it need maintenance (e.g. does the ...
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How to convert 17“ bike to 18” without changing frame

I bought Author Basic (2012) with 17" frame. But I have some back aches after 2 or more hours of cycling (just cycling or with little jumpings) and sometimes I feel little unsure while riding ...
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Can a tandem's front bottom bracket fail catastrophically?

Many tandems have a front bottom bracket that looks like this: The front bottom bracket is mounted off-centre in an aluminum shell called "the eccentric." When the pinch bolts shown in the ...
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Is this aluminum “rust” in my frame?

I found an aluminum bike in the trash and it seems like it has been exposed to the rain, especially because some of the metal is slightly rusty. The frame is a different thing, because altough it is ...
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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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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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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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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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May I ignore the frame damage (or should I get a budget carbon frame)

I was happily using my Canonndale F5 Hardtail to commute to work and other places (like shopping, going to a swimming pool and the like) until recently I had a very unfortunate accident with a car. To ...
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How to judge BB height visually and the effect on handling?

Is it possible by viewing a bike frame to tell roughly what the handling of the bike is going to be? This current question is about bottom bracket height in the above mentioned respect. I have ...
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How bad is this damaged lug

I have noticed a little crack in one of the lugs of my gazelle steel frame. I hav not ridden it since, because I am worried it will break. Here are some pictures. The lug in question is the one ...
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Am I better off buying a new bike, or upgrading my old bike?

Half a year ago I started to use again my old Schwinn Woodlands MTB for commuting. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a new bike, I wasn't certain that I would like to bike commute daily. Bike has ...
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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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What make is my BMX frame?

I have a BMX forsale, but I would like to know what make the frame is so I can determine how much it is worth. Does anyone recognise this symbol on the frame? Thanks for your help Jon
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Any special issues with putting a larger internal gear hub on a smaller frame?

Can I safely put my 130mm internal geared hub on a 126mm spaced aluminum frame by forcing it? What are the consequences? How would the IGH be "damaged" by this? My IGH hub has a wheel laced and ...
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How can I use a small Shimano BB on any frame?

I have a Shimano BB-ES25 bottom bracket and 45T crankset that was removed from a Giant-CRX City with an eccentric hub (it had Shimano Alfine internal hub gears). They have literally never been used, ...
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What difference does bike size make?

I am 6.2 feet tall, and I have a mountain bike that is 17 inches long. I know it looks bit small for me, but will I hurt myself by riding this bicycle? What should be the preferred bicycle length for ...