Bicycle frame construction, selection, maintenance, and repair.

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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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Safe to shorten a dual-pivot caliper mounting nut?

I have a 2006 Specialized Langster. Unfortunately the brake bridge is not deep enough to insert the shortest caliper mounting nut I could find (10mm). The head of the nut should insert all of the way ...
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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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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 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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How to repair a broken steel frame, at the rear drop out /chainstay location

I have a Raleigh technium , recently broke at the rear dropout. Angelo had a post w a picture of a broken rear dropout and commented, that this failure on a steel frame was totally repairable, ...
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Fort Frame head tube cracked

I have raced my Fort Bike for some time now. The head tube holding the forks has split /cracked open. What do I do now, who do I contact ? Dennis
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Have some new parts on hand but need new frame - frame swap reasonable? or sell and purchase new bike?

Purchased my first "decent" bike, a Motobecane 700HT about 5-6 years ago as a 'gateway drug' of sorts for myself to get into XC biking. Ended up using it for commuting for a few years as well. Over ...
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My 20 inch BMX bike

It has an "a" then under it an inverted "a"... can you help me identify the brand? It's a 20 inch BMX bike. It doesn't have the normal size cranks; they are about half the normal size. I tried ...
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How does stiffness in carbon frames increase speed?

I have a Specialized Roubaix with a 7r carbon frame; the Tarmac has 11r. Will I notice a speed change if I ride "exactly" under the same conditions? Does the additional 4r = more speed? I am thinking ...
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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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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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What accommodations might be made for riding a frame 4'' too large?

I have been offered possession of a very old and interesting bicycle, made in 1933. It appears to be in quite good condition, and has a lot of interesting history. However, it features a 26'' frame, ...
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Disadvantages of Riding Larger Frame Sized Bike than Reccomended Frame Sized Bike

I unconsciously bought a bike which's frame size is larger than recommended. (My height is 163cm bikes frame size is for people 174-190cm) (I dont have any problems with reaching ground with my feet ...
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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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unknown make model and year

enter image description here! Can someone please help me identify this frame? I have tried searching the net for same lugs design but I can not find anything that is similar to the lugs of this ...
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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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How do I tell the difference between bike brands

I have a 20 inch BMX bike. It was given to me with no stickers or identifying marks on it. How do I tell the difference between brands?
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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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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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I need help to identify this bike

This is my mother in law's bicycle from when she was a child. While cleaning out a lean-to on the back forty I found this bike inside. I was hoping to give her a bike that is identical to hers that ...
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determining make model and year of a BMX frame

is there a specific website where I can simply enter the bicycle serial number to determine the make model and year primarily BMX frames
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Can I change my bike's frame?

A failed stealing attempt left my Bianchi Via Nirone 7 road bike with an ugly damage to the frame. The bike is still in place, and it hurts me every time I go to the bike shed. They removed the front ...
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Help identifying MTB frame

Apologies making ANOTHER one of these threads...Anyhows: Bought a bike third hand, frame has been stripped and painted. Trying to find make & model so I can get some offset bushings for the shock. ...
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Columba folder w/mountain 10sp cassette & Sram X7 derailleur

On my bike the derailleur mounting bracket (hanger) is held by the hub axle and therefore fills some of the dropout slot on one side and pushes the axle lower in the slot on that side. So the axle is ...
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Rear disc calliper won't fit, disc mount bent?

I am upgrading my MTB to disc brakes. I have disc compatible wheels and a set of Shimano M446 Postmount callipers and 160mm rotors. Front fork is a Manitou who decided to jump on the Postmount wagon ...
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Rear derailleur hitting chainstay (video in the post)

I filmed a little video of the process: https://youtu.be/ejJsIWrrFTU Does anyone know how to solve the problem? Apart from attaching piece of rubber to the chainstay? It is really annoying, because ...
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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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Bike Frame Brand and Model?

enter image description hereI purchased this bike at a thrift shop and it rides like a dream. Out of curiosity I'm trying to figure out the make and brand. The parts on it seem to be very nice so ...
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what type of bike/frame to use when overweight?

I'm around 230lbs. Since I do enjoy biking, I was looking up old school racing bikes on craigslist. Some of the frames are built with "Tange 1" steel which specify weight limits (180lbs). Is it really ...
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First Road Bike - Some Options and Issues

I am looking the market for my first road bike. I am planing to be using the bike, couple times per week for 1 - 2 hour rides, and maybe on the weekend some longer ones, around UK Yorkshire. There ...
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MIG Welds vs Brazing for simple bike hacks

Given that frames are generally brazed, not welded and given that MIG welding will work on simple bike hacks what are the downsides of MIG welding these hacks? For example, I would like to make a ...
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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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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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Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket: milling the frame necessary?

In a bike shop I recently asked for bottom brackets. The seller said, when choosing a Hollowtech II bottom bracket (like SM-BB70), compared to Octalink/square taper bottom brackets the outer (lateral) ...
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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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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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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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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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How to repaint a Carbon bike frame?

I have recently purchased a Specialized Roubaix SL4 Elite Disc carbon frame bicycle - But I am not particularly happy with the colour. It is charcoal and white. I like to have a brighter colour. Is ...
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Frame not faced for BB. Strip the paint or leave as-is? [duplicate]

So I just got my new frame from the LBS. They were supposed to face the frame, but only faced the head tube (hopefully, can't check it since the headset is already installed.). Sadly, they didn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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?