Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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What is this frame feature for?

I have a Kinesis Tripster ATR. The drive-side seat stay has a lug on it whose purpose I can't work out: There's no such feature on the other seat stay. What is it for?
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Frame manufacturer not covering crack as saying it was crash damage

My Ti frame developed a huge crack in the frame a week or so ago. A pain I thought bit it'll be covered by warranty... The frame builder is now saying that it's crash damage. I really really doubt ...
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Fork trail vs chainstay length in steering

Is fork trail or chainstay length is a bigger determinant in the overall steering of the bike? Consider an arbitrary frame that I think is steers too slowly. I'm going to rebuild it because I want a ...
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What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an aluminum frame?

I recently picked up another well loved GT road bike frame- it's in great shape aside from a missing downtube cable stop. The model is a ZR 4000 probably from 1999, it's 7005 heat treated aluminum. My ...
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Do you know this brand?

Hey I'm trying to find the name of this brand. It is a BMX Bike, I am familiar with most brands and their logos, but not this one. Can anyone help?
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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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Uncut steerer tubes too short for 21" Frames

I am restoring two old bikes a 1996 Trek 8000 and 2000 Fuji Aloha. Both are 21" frames. The problem I am having is getting forks that do not cost $1000 and have steerer tubes with sufficient lengths. ...
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How much longer will my 10 year old frame last?

My friends say it will last forever, and not to worry about it. Online results show anywhere from two years to 25. I have no clue what to expect!! Let me give some context. I bought a decade old ...
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MInor (I think) dent in top of Orbea Alma top tube - frame ok or no?

UPDATE: My lbs mech / owner (same guy) looked at it this AM, says it is good to go, 'ride the hell out of it', he 100% backs it up. And FWIW re: the specifics of this frame and why it's purely ...
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Unknown Balfa Road Bike

I have a Balfa road bike which I cannot find any information on or pictures anywhere. I would like some help identifying the bike model, the original parts, and the frame. What I have found so far: ...
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Bike Fit Confusion

A friend of mine has just purchased a 2016 Trek Emonda SL6 in a 54 cm frame size. He is 169cm tall and according to the Trek sizing chart (attached) he could fit a 52 cm or easily fit a 54. The ...
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Is it normal for seat stays on new CAAD12 frame to be slightly warped/not straight?

The seat stays on my brand new Cannondale CAAD12 frame are slightly warped (not straight and slightly different on both sides), especially around the welding spots for the rear brake mount. I could ...
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Building a traveling bike, frames and components: where to buy in Europe [closed]

I am about to either buy either build a bike for medium-long travels, and I am struggling with differences between the european and american market offer (I live in France). Talking about the ...
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Internal cable routing blocked on '80s steel frame. What are my options?

I have a new-to-me ~80's steel frame with a rear derailleur cable that is routed through the chainstay. There's a blockage close to the BB end, and I'm wondering what my options are? My assumption is ...
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Should I ask for my money back - crack in Titanium frame

About 2 years ago I got my new bike - an Enigma Ti bike. The frame was customised for Di2 and I had hydraulic disk brakes fitted. An expensive bit of kit that was supposed to last forever and make my ...
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Steel Frame Creaks while Braking

My steel BSO has developed a creaking sound when I apply the front brake. I only hear it when I am beginning to brake, when there's not a lot of pressure being generated. I can recreate this sound by ...
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What are the differences between men's and women's bike frames?

Why do women's bikes have a diagonal bar in the frame instead of a horizontal frame? Is this the only difference? Sorry if this has been asked (but I cannot find it by searching) and I also just ...
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How do I bend my rear derailleur hanger (part of frame) back into place

Somehow I bent my rear derailleur hanger, how would one suggest bending it back into line? In my case the rear derailleur hanger forms part of the frame and therefore if I snap it when bending it back,...
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Are there any major drawbacks to using a track frame as a frame for a fixed-gear or single-speed commuter?

I follow a few communities which have a lot of fixie and single-speed riders. Most of the riding discussed is commuting around the city, and often, riders will show off their new bikes, upgraded ...
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Posture on mountain bike long term

I have been looking at sizing guides because I'm contemplating ordering a new bike and found out that I'm the totally wrong size for the bike I actually have. I'm normal proportions and 5 foot 7, but ...
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Lifting a road bike by one of the seat stays ok?

Is it ok to lift a road bike by one of the aluminium seat stays? Yesterday I realised I was doing this when inspecting the rear derailleur during a ride (front of the bike facing down, all the weight ...
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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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What kind of bike is this

Good day. Need help regarding a bike I found. No idea what kind of bike it is, does it have value or not, and could I have it restored with its current condition? Any idea/information about this bike ...
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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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How do I keep smallest gear on my crank shaft from contacting frame

I have an old Trek 8000 ZX that I am fixing up. I had to replace the bottom bracket and I believe I successfully did that. The bike did not have a crank set to work with so I salvaged one from a pile ...
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Frame Or Paint Crack (Cannondale Super Six Carbon)

Hello and thanks in advance I am about to pull the trigger on a used 2012 cannondale super six bike. This would be my first bike and im very excited. however i am a bit concerned about some cracks. ...
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Single speed dirt jump specific frame for general riding

I am in the market for a new bike and come from a background of mainly cross country (XC) / all mountain (AM) type riding but have ridden BMX also in the past. I'm not averse to standing up and only ...
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How can I treat an aluminium frame ready for restoration?

I have an old aluminium framed mountain bike which has developed some 'oxidation / corrosion' underneath the lacquer -- it kind of looks like little white worms! The frame as original has a nice ...
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What is this spring between the fork and the frame?

Sometimes on a bike I see a short spring, most often covered in rubber, connecting the fork with the frame: What is the purpose of it? The only thing that comes to mind is stabilising the fork so it ...
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how can i determine the model of dyno bike i have

I have a dyno vfr 3d dropout flat oval bike. How can I find out what it is? The serial number is S9ET18105.
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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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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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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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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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Can I use a hardtail for MTB trail riding?

So, I have a tight budget of 600 USD. Now, I just wanted to say that I live in a big city, but I do want to ride trails more often. My intended use with the bike is to ride trails, and perform ...
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How many years an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike?

How long does an aluminium frame lasts in a touring bike? [Removed extra questions to be clear.] Background So far I preferred aluminium vs. steel for many reasons, but if steel lasts ...
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Creaking sounds from the saddle tube?

I've started to hear creaking/clicking sounds from the saddle tube. Is the frame giving up? I could look for a longer saddle post, if that would relieve some of the strain on this part of the frame, ...
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Don't integrated headsets wear out, ruining the frame?

I came upon this marvelous explanation of headset types. However, this got me wondering. Isn't the role of the headset cups similar to that of the derauler hanged - to not waste the frame as soon as ...
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650b for small rider?

I'm considering getting a bike for my friend; she is interested in riding road/gravel with me, doesn't own a bike of her own, and doesn't know too much about what's available. She is about 5 feet ...
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From Trek to Surly - advice on frame size

I have a Trek FX7.3, frame size 22.5 inches. I'm looking to swap the frame out for a Surly Cross Check. Has anyone done a similar build? Also, what frame size would you recommend that I go for? Just ...
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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 difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons for either frame design? Is it merely style preferences? Or is there ...
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I bought a used 20 inch bmx bike from bike shop but no one has any idea of the brand

Could someone help me narrow this down? I bought a new-used bike from local bike shop in Sacramento, California, USA. I do not know what brand it is and so were the bike shop. There are no stickers ...
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What brand is my 20 bmx frame

Serial on bottom of crank case left side wen frame upright-F601W0135. Right side of crank when bike up right-HT-B01
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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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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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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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Where can I sell Shop Rags? [closed]

I have 2 boxes of Shop rags sitting in my living room. Each box contains 1000 cotton automotive Shop rags. The rags are brand new still in the box. Shop towels is the product that everyone working ...
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What's this cotter pin on the barrel adjuster for?

I bought a new Salsa Colossal frame to build up and it has a cotter pin on the frame mounted barrel adjuster: If I turn the barrel adjuster too much, it is going to start digging in to the ...
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Converting frame size to wheel size

I've been trying to determine what size road or mountain bike I should purchase. All the charts I've found suggest what frame size I should have, but online shopping only lists wheel sizes. How do I ...