Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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Mongoose stamped vs. unstamped

What's the difference between a Mongoose that has logo stamped on frame and a Mongoose with no stamp on it?
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Do I need to chase a thread before installing a bottom bracket on a new frame?

Currently I'm building a new Surly Cross Check, and it needs a 68mm BB (english threaded). Furthermore, I plan to use a cheap $15 shimano BB with JIS square tapered interface, nothing special. Do I ...
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Trying to figure out the Brand/Make of this bicycle?

Got this from a friend hand-me-down style. Got some work to do on it to make her roadworthy. But it's been painted, and I can't see a logo or name on it anywhere. Steel Metal Frame. That's about all ...
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Remove paint from the head tube

I'm planning to build a new bike from scratch. Part of that is buying a new frame, and possibly facing/reaming it. That's actually the part I'm scared of the most. Fortunately, the brand I'm ...
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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, ...
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Chinese tri bike frames [closed]

Does anyone know if any of those Chinese off-brand frames is the same as Cannondale Slice triathlon frame?
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Swapping a road bike frame for a bigger one?

I happened to be given a decent bike - Trek 1000 - in a good condition. The only problem is that the frame is only 56 cm while I am quite tall so I need ~62 cm. Is it possible to take all the nice ...
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how to paint your bike in flat colors?

I'm painting my bike matt black I already have etching primer and a project source matt black I dont know if its good for the primer any suggestions and do any matt painting need matt clear coat??
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Water inside bike frame

My latest "project" involves my bike, i.e. I want to perform a complete renovation of it. This involves changing rim, complete shift group, brakes, hubs, carrier etc, just keeping frame, seat post and ...
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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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Calculate frame stack and reach

Is is possible to calculate stack and reach for framesize 63?
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Size advice needed for Revolution Country Traveller touring bike

I'm about to by my first touring bike. I've got a very tight budget so I will probably order a Revolution Country Traveller from Edinburgh bicycle cooperation as it looks like it will suit my needs. ...
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Why are steel bikes more expensive than aluminum?

It's hard to find a chrome moly bike for less than $1000 these days. Is it because it's actually less expensive to manufacture aluminum bikes these days or is the market for chrome moly bikes so ...
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Size question. Performance v Comfort

I was checking some bikes on Decathlon (a large sports orientated chain store) and I found this size guide for some of their BTwin bikes. On their chart [pdf] that maps rider measurements to bike ...
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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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What can I do about a cracked frame?

I noticed the other day that my frame has a crack in it! I believe that it's my seat post causing the problem. A couple of questions really, a) how serious is this? and b) can it be repaired? Edit: ...
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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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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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How do I make my frame water tight?

I am trying to remove the rust from inside my steel frame. There are, however, a few small holes in various places along the frame. Any tips on how I can make these water tight so that I can fill it ...
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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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Linseed oil application to the inside of a steel frame

Is the application of linseed oil to the inside of a steel frame still recognized as a good way to prevent the formation of rust on the inside of the frame?
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Is there a way to remove the dent/bend?

I have a 2005 KHS Flite, which I am fairly sure is a Reynolds 520 frame, that I absolutely love and have morphed through many variations (the original brakeless fixie, then both breaks free-wheel, ...
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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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Why the penny-farthing?

The penny-farthing was the standard until the diamond-frame "safety bike" was "invented" and revolutionalized the world of bikes. It seems to me strange to have to "invent" to put the same size of ...
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2mm clearance between the chainstay and the rear tire

I use a pair of club roost cross terra (27 1 3/8) on a vintage raleigh bike (maybe it's raleigh record). Originally the bike had 27 1 1/4 tires. If I'm correct, 1 1/4 is 32mm wide and 1 3/8 is 35 mm ...
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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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Finding out make and year of my bike

I was given this bike just days ago. On the bottom of the bike where the pedals are connected to the frame there are two numbers stamped in the frame. They are as follows... 661-475820 and 000637390. ...
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Schwinn Vestige no longer lights up; why not?

I have the Schwinn Vestige and a very long, bumpy, dirt/gravel driveway. A few weeks ago, we rode downtown and the frame lit up amazing, as it should. On the way home, it was not lit up. Hmm. After ...
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Who has information on this Fondriest Bike we found? Any good?

Does anyone here know anything about this old Fondriest bike? Thanks!
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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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What is the correct frame size for me?

Well I want to buy this used giant escape 3 for a good price but the frame size seems to be a bit big. It is a shame though, Because it's at a great price. I am 5'7 and the Frame size is 23 inches. ...
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How to protect underneath the frame?

I've searched and only found this and this. But what I am really after is on a solution on how to cover/protect the underside of your frame. I have a carbon road bike with mostly a white painted ...
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What frame is this?

could you help to find out the brand, type, & year model of this MTB frame (attached) ? Best regards.
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would I be able to put new rear wheel with 12mm x 142 axle on my 2007 RM Element 70 frame?

would I be able to put new rear wheel with 12mm x 142 axle on my 2007 RM Element 70 frame in terms of dropouts compatibility?
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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 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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Is there a cheap touring bike that is as light as a road bike

I want a touring bike that is as light as a road bike - basically I want a road bike with a touring bike geometry - ie around 10 or 11Kg, excluding pannier racks, and other add-ons. My price range ...
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What are the practical limitations of a road bike compared to a mountain bike?

I grew up on a big box store mountain bike. I want to get a road bike for my commute, but I'm curious about the limitations I'll experience. I know the benefits of a road bike: lighter weight, less ...
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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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Decal or paint?

Can someone tell me whether the visible part of the logo on the frame is a decal or a pain directly on the frame? If it's a decal, then where can one get a custom decal with a metallic finish? If ...
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safety of carbon fiber bonded to aluminum fork crown

I recently experienced the failure of the carbon fork on my 2001 K2 Mod3 road bike at 20 miles per hour. Yes, I was injured. My question is the bonding agent that secures the carbon fiber fork to the ...
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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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Behring custom made bike

Hoping someone can help me as I don't know much about bikes. I bought a 10 speed bike at a garage sale which the owner said was custom made by a bike maker in St. Louis, MO. She said the frame was ...
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Name that frame! (Likely Japanese, likely made in 1986, with known serial number, likely a Bianchi)

(This post was substanically edited/updated on 5/8/14.) I have a bike frame of unknown lineage. What is known: The serial number under the bottom bracket is IS513786. This fits with the serial ...
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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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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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Strange logo on the frame

I just bought this bike, but it seems like the frame is not Bianchi, all marks and texts are stickers. Also, there are quite a few logos on the frame. Does anyone know which frame this is? Thanks! ...
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Changing Frames

I just had a crash and wrecked my Cube hardtail mountain bike. Can I put all the parts, wheels, Reba Rock Shock, Shimano gears etc off my hard tail on to a full suspension frame?
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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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Why would higher fork contribute significantly to breaking the frame?

When I recently cracked my frame near the headtube, every bike shop that I went to, asked me explicitly "Did you put a longer travel fork?". Putting aside that apparently fork travel and fork crown ...