Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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What benefits does a tapered head tube afford?

I've just read a review of Tom Zirbel's Jamis Xenith SL on Bike Radar and flicking through the pictures there is one of the head tube with the following caption: Tom Zirbel's (Jamis Sutter Home) ...
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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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What caused this seat clamp / frame failure?

Here's my "long distance" ride, which is an old steel MTB without suspension. I picked it up by the saddle to move it and felt some play, I thought the saddle rails might have been loose, but as per ...
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How to find a frame given a geometry

In 2007, I bought my first bike: a Bianchi Boardwalk 2006. It was a great bike, but I didn't treat it well and it now needs about $300 worth of work. I've been thinking that maybe I'd like to take ...
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What does a good weld look like

Reading various questions and answers around here, I've heard a lot of people say you can tell the quality of the bicycle by looking at the welds. How do I know what a good weld looks like as opposed ...
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How do I fix a dent on my frame?

I suspect that something has pierced my frame. At any rate, I have a dent in my bike frame. I would like to avoid the possibility of corrosion, with minimium cosmetic trade off. So, how do I go about ...
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How can you remove logos from a bike frame?

I'm trying to remove all these annoying labels from my bike. On the main frame there is one big logo, but I'm not sure if it's a sticker or not. The frame is black, but it's very cheaply made, and the ...
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Is a custom road frame worthwhile?

I've been riding a Marin San Anselmo hybrid for some 13 years and I'd guess I've done over 7000 miles on it almost exclusively on the road (and it's not my commuting bike). I'm gradually doing more ...
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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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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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What's this part of the bike, and is it safe to alter it?

The video shows someone installing a gps bike tracker, however there is not much room in the top of the head tube, so he hammers down what's already in there in order to make room for the tracker. In ...
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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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Possible to repair a pushed in braze-on?

I have a Trek 7200 (Alpha aluminum frame) and it has two water bottle holder mountings, the top braze-on on the seat tube seems to have broken from over-tightening and has sunk into the frame. These ...
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Vibrations in frame when pedaling

Recently, when I pedal sufficiently hard, I begin to feel vibrations through the whole frame of the bike. They are not so strong as to make the bike un-ridable, but neither are they road chatter. I ...
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Trying to build a bike, confused about fork/headsets/compatability

I have a fork with a 1" steerer tube, and a frame with a 1.5" head tube. The steerer tube is slightly short, and when inserted into the frame, is flush with the top of the head tube. The fork is ...
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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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Does the top tube typically open into the head tube?

This must be a very basic question, but as it often happens with very basic questions, it is often hard to find the answer by searching. On a modern bike with metal (welded) frame, is the interior of ...
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Can missing cage mount screws cause the frame to rust?

I have a Cube Analog Disc 2012 bike, and recently discovered that I have no screws inserted in the bottle cage mounts. Is it possible for rust to form in this area? Also, is it possible for the water ...
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long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?

I am planning a touring trip, let's say around 10'000 km, across Asia more or less. I have no intention at all to buy one of those several thousands - worth touring bikes. Apparently, on a lot of ...
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What are these holes in my frame for?

I have two threaded holes on the inside of my frame on my 2007 Stumpjumper FSR and I don't know what they are for. Can anyone tell me why they're there?
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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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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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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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Is it safe to ride a steel bike with a dented/buckled frame?

I just noticed, to my great sadness, a small-ish buckle/dent in my diagonal lower tube. (I'm riding a Cooper T200 single speed.) I just moved house; I hope I didn't do it. I probably did. It's about ...
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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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Understanding the bike geometry through riding [closed]

Though this question has been asked a lot of times, and there are very good answers out there, all the answers talk about the effect of individual parameters in isolation. That is, they take trail, ...
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Bicycle Frame: anodized Aluminium?

I need help with identify what materials is this frame I need to know if this is indeed aluminium? (weight 1.2 kg for 15 inch frame hybrid, is not ferromagnetic). If it is, why would it have a ...
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Trek Aluminium Grade Comparison

Looking through the Trek archives, I see they have frame materials described as: Alpha Black Aluminum Alpha White Aluminum Alpha Gold Aluminum Gold Series Aluminum 100 Series Alpha Aluminum etc ...
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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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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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New trend of seat stay for road bike?

I have seen quiet a few road bike with a Z-shape seat stay until now, e.g. specialized Roubaix Does it serve any purpose? What's the advantage of this design in comparison to a straight-bar seat ...
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Best kind of bicycle for lower back issues?

I've ridden bikes all my life. Now nearing 50, for the past year or two I've noticed that when I ride over 20km or so, my lower back gets extremely painful - enough to make it not possible to ride. ...
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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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How to calculate bike stand-over height using frameset geometry and wheel radius?

While it's best to buy through fitting a bike in store, it's not always possible (discussed here). On some websites, the stand-over height of a bike may not be listed as part of the specifications. ...
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Can I use normal grease for a car on the surface of carbon bike?

Helo Guys, I want to know your experience about carbon material and grease Can I use normal grease with carbon ? I want to put grease onto fork and stem.... Or WD-40 or silicone penetrant would be ...
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restoring the finish of an oxidized polished aluminum frame?

In the context of restoring the finish of an oxidized once-polished aluminum finish, is there anything better (easier) than 0000 steel wool with Marvel Mystery Oil? I am restoring an old Cannondale ...
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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 to identify lead paint?

I'm starting renovation work on an old bicycle. One of the things I want to do is a new paint job. I guess before that I'll need to sand the current paint off the frame. So I bought sandpaper. On the ...
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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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Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”

I am going to make a custom fixie bike (possibly with a front brake) that I will use to race on tracks and even commute with. I have been looking at a Planet X frame, and they seem to have very ...
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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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I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike

What brand is this logo? Can anyone identify this?
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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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Does a high MTB seat post risk frame breaking

On a full suspension MTB, does a high seat post (extending from frame by 25cm, 10" or more) contribute to frame weakness, should one look to have a bike with a tall seat tube, or are MTB's designed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...