Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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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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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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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 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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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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How to match a paint color?

Do you know how to match a color on the frame ? I want to buy a paint from a tool shop but I'm not sure if it's match with the frame color. I'm going to use the paint for a touch up. Thanks for the ...
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Why don't frame manufacturers ream/face their frames?

Before building up a new frame, it's crucially important to ream/face the headtube and crown race seat (and the bottom bracket, if using press-fit cups). You should also ideally chase the threads of ...
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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 the different between ceramic and steel bearing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Real measurable benefit to ceramic bearings? What's the different between ceramic and steel bearing ? On the bottom bracket, what do you feel when you change into ...
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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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Carbon seatpost dip in?

Can I insert a carbon seatpost up to 20cm deep into seat tube? The seattube is carbon as well. Total length of the seatpost is 35cm. The shape of the seatpost is aero seatpost (tear drop shape). It's ...
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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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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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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 does a bike's weight affect the overall experience of owning it?

Naturally, carrying a light bike up the stairs is much more enjoyable compared to a heavier bike. Are there any other aspects of a bike which are affected by its weight? For example, would the weight ...
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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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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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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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Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up

My wife's bike recently got scraped up and the paint got scratched down to the frame. It's an alloy frame. Should she be concerned about rust or any kind of damage? If so, do we need to get 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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Bamboo Bike Frames

I've seen some bamboo bike frames out there in the world. I am curious as to how they ride? Is it similar to a steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber frame? Do you think it's worth the effort to build one ...
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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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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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Frame sizing: “medium” vs. inches vs. centimeters

How in the world does 17-18 inches match up to 53-54 cm?? I was looking up bicycle sizing charts and found the ones on the Evans website interesting, if somewhat confusing. For example, see the ...
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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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What tools are required to begin building a frame?

What tools are required to begin building a frame? Are there DIY substitutes for any of them? Are there things that aren't requirements, but simplify the process enough to be worth the cost? Aside ...
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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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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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Is torque relevant for steel/aluminium? Where do I find torque specs?

When you are not dealing with carbon, is torque relevant? I've never seen it mentioned on the hundreds of answers here, or the hundreds of how-tos I've read elsewhere. Should I just tighten ...
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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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Metal seat post with carbon fiber frame?

Is using a metal seat post on a carbon fiber frame advisable or not? I want to use a seat post mounted rack on my road bike (no regular rack mount points are on this bike), but I have been told that ...
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DIY Painting a Bike Frame: Is it possible?

I have painted a couple bike frames (think really cheap garage-find rebuilds) with varying degrees of failure. Can you help me correct/fill in the missing pieces of my frame painting process? ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding a smaller Mountain Bike frame?

I am 182cm (5' 11'') tall and am looking into buying a new frame for my mountain bike. Right now i have a 19'' frame and i found a good deal on a 17'' frame. The guy from the shop told me that it ...
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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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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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Why is it common for cheap bikes to have the frame sawn in half below the saddle?

These days cheap bikes often seem to come with the frame sawn in half below the saddle. What does the manufacturer gain from this design, and why is it associated mostly with cheap, low quality ...
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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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Why aren't sportive' 'bikes popular outside the UK?

I recently bought a 'sportive' bike, i.e. very much like a road bike but with a taller head tube to give a slightly more upright, more relaxed, less 'heads-down' riding position, and a triple chainset ...
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Fixie/Single speed frame information for beginner

I don't want to buy a ready made bike because singlespeed or fixed gear bikes are way expensive due to their popularity. I want to make my own bike, I haven't build a bike from scratch before. I want ...
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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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FEM: How to Design weight-distribution in bike prototypes?

Inferio! No-one can understand this bloated question here, now more focussed. Suppose you are doing a new bike. How can you be certain that some critical point won't get too much force and the right ...
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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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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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I keep breaking my road frames - why?

I've gone through four frames in the last decade or so, all from different manufacturers, all steel but both lugged and welded. Every one of them has eventually developed a crack, been repaired and ...
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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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What's the definition of a Mixte?

What makes a mixte frame? Further, what's the etymology of 'mixte'?
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Repairing a bent bike frame, is it worth it?

I have a bike with an incredibly bent frame. The bike itself I have tried to replace with other inexpensive bixes, but this one just had a certain geometry that I keep wanting to resurrect it. It is ...
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Cyclocross bike frame considerations

I'm considering putting together a cyclocross type bike together for fun and variety. Is a typical road frame suitable for this? And, what do I need to consider in terms of sizing? On sizing, it ...
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Switching Parts to a New Frame

What things do I have to consider when planning to switch parts from one frame (old one) to another frame (new one)? Will all the parts transfer? What items may need replacement because they won't ...