Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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Convert old road bike to comfortable commuter

I have an rather old road bike, that I'd like to convert to a comfortable commuting bike. The bike should be used for everyday commuting (< 5km) and occasionally day tours. I'd like to keep the old ...
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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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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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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 have a hybrid bike which the frame is too big, is there any modifications I can make to make it more comfortable?

I bought a hybrid bike from halfords around 6 months ago, however i have only recently had chance to ride it. I have found that the frame is too big, they wont exchange or give me a refund. I was ...
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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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Does frame size inside a particular model affect the ride characteristics of the bike?

I read an article stating that the smallest of a particular model of bicycle doesn't fully reflect the original design concept of the model when I was about to buy the smallest (430mm seat tube) of ...
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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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Denied warranty claim on carbon bike due to impact?

I saw a little crack on the bottom section top tube of bike which is a kestrel talon. I took it the bike shop to see if it was covered under warranty. I have fallen once or twice from the bike but I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My santa cruz heckler ghost shifts from frame flex. Is there anything I can do?

I just bought a 2013 heckler used and found that it ghost shifts under heavy pedaling. I weight 230 so I am probably putting more pressure than average. But this only happens when I have smallest cog ...
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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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How do we understand if caliper brakes can be installed on the frame?

I have a hybrid bike and I am converting it to drop bars. My problem is, as I am going to install STI's, I need to change brake system as well. I am using V brake types, how can I understand if 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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Should my aftermarket frame have a serial number on it?

I was riding a mostly custom WTP Crysis frame which had a serial in case the bike was lost or stolen. I snapped the drop out arms on Sunday and ended up buying a new FBM Hard Way frame. I checked all ...
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What is the cost saving from manufacturing bikes in China vs USA or Taiwan?

I went to a bike shop recently and was surprised to see big "Made in China" stamps on the Trek mountain bikes. I did some research and apparently all the big bike makers manufacture in China now. I ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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Vandalized top tube

My bike was vandalized and the top tube is completely bust, is it possible to get this repaired/replaced? any advice here would be great, thanks a lot.
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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 ...