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Building a bike starting with a frame and adding components to it. If you're starting with tubes that's "framebuilding".

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Building from scratch vs. buying new

What are the pros and cons about building a bike from scratch vs. buying it new?
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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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Is it possible to fit a chain guard to a bike with derailleur gears?

I've been slowly going through the process of converting my old hardtail mountain bike into a commuting bike. One of the things that I'd like to do is to fit a chain guard so that I can ride the bike ...
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What needs to be considered when building a winter bike?

I have been thinking about making the ultimate winter bike. Here are some of the things that I have been thinking about. What else would you think about when building a good winter bike. I am ...
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Learning how to build a bike: Is it better to buy a used bike and disassemble it?

As a summer project I decided to learn how to build a bike (from the comfort of my room). I have very little experience with bikes (I just ride a rented bike daily) and have no knowledge with fixing ...
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How can I get started building a bicycle?

Now that I've been riding a while, I'm interested in building my own bike. In this case, it will be a bike for commuting and getting around town. It will probably be a flipflop fixie/single gear, ...
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How do I choose a bicycle fork?

I'm putting together a bicycle on a budget from a frame I was given and various parts from a bike with a broken frame. The only part of any expense that I really need is the fork, and I want to get ...
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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 fit?...
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What should I consider when choosing a bike frame?

In thinking about building a road bike from scratch, what should I consider when choosing a frame? I'll be building from all new components and plan on just doing day rides of a few hours a piece, ...
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Tapered Head Tube

I am wanting to understand how a tapered head tube works. Does it require a tapered steerer, or is it the case that the steerer is a consistent diameter top and bottom and just the bearings differ in ...
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Building bike from scratch: why more expensive than pre-built?

I was going to ask about the pros and cons of building one's bike from scratch, but I came to the conclusion that I'm not going to do it (asking and building). Now my question is: why is it (usually, ...
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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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Choosing a rear derailleur for 11-42t cassette on a SRAM 10-speed 1x system

I have an 11-42t 10 speed cassette and a 42t narrow wide chainring. I cannot work it out definitely whether a Sram long cage rear derailleur will work with it. I think that this one should work but ...
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How to build a combination hand & foot cycle

My two-year-old daughter has a full right arm, a left arm that stops above where her elbow would be, no right leg at all, and a full left leg. We have found a product she can ride (the Amtryke), but ...
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Should I sell a custom built mountain bike as a full bike or break it into parts?

I have a bike that I have built up over the last few years. It's a good bike and works as it is, with a good quality components. However, I want to sell it. Is it best to sell it broken down as parts ...
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What are the benefits of purchasing a complete bike from a respectable brand? (Road cycling)

I've been into cycling (almost) my whole life. I've been riding BMX for over 20 years and since 5-6 years I've been doing a lot of road cycling. I ride contests, crits, TT's,... I've been looking to ...
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Wheel Build Questions for Those who have done it

To the experienced builders. What are the absolutely neccessary tools to build a reliable trued wheel? The wheel will be a 700c wheel for a standard road bike.
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Ideal distance between chainring and chain stay

I am building a single speed bicycle, and I have most of the drivetrain parts: Rear hub 18T rear cog (40-40.5mm ideal rear chainline -- wheel undished) 1/8" chain crankset with 40T chainring I used ...
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Where can I buy a wide range of used bike parts online?

Does anyone know of a reputable website that sells a wide range of used and second hand bike parts and components? I'm helping a friend rebuild an older commuter bike and we are having trouble ...
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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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Buy Time-Trial bIke or convert road bike

I have started doing triathlons but don't want to invest in a Time-Trial bike until later. What are the problems with converting a road bike to a Time-Trial bike?
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Alternatives to Long Drop Calipers

Anyone have a clue what type of brake I can fit to this front fork? The reach to a 700C wheel would need to be 80MM (do you even get calipers this long?) and the only brazing on the fork is this ...
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COVID bike build 2020 first timer

I am building my first road bike. I have been an avid biker rider for quite sometime and always thought about getting a road bike, just never got around to it. Fast forward to now, my neighbor (pro ...
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What does the DIN number refer to …?

I am working on understanding this document for an n55 trike frame build ... http://www.n55.dk/MANUALS/SPACEFRAMEVEHICLES/DIY.pdf Particularly this line: M6 SELFLOCKING NUTS, stainless (DIN985) - ...
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How should I gear a 12" wheel on an adult bike?

Background: A couple years back I built a chopper with a 26" front wheel and a 12" rear wheel. It was a lot of fun, but I had to pedal like mad to get anywhere. Unfortunately I could not find a rear ...
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Installation of a shorter stem

I want to install a shorter stem onto my mountain bike, can I just swap them out or will I need to get the star nut replaced or reset?
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Eliminating chainslap on a 90's Stumpjumper

I have a mountain bike - a Stumpjumper hardtail frame with a Shimano drivetrain - where I'm getting a good amount of chainslap. Before I start fiddling with stuff, I'd like to understand the problem ...
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Cross top Levers as primary brake

Has anyone ever tried to use Cross Top levers as your only braking method (ie not just as an interrupter for the drop levers)? I'm guessing it wouldn't work as you need the cable to go straight ...
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Building a road bike

I've seen a lot of answers here about building a fixie specifically, but I'm looking to build up a road bike. I currently have a Surly Pacer frame and fork, a Richie handlebar and stem, and that's ...
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Building a city/trail bike with a CX frame, what should I consider? [closed]

What would be a good build for a 80% city / 20% trail bike? I recently purchased a Cinelli Mash CXSS frame, I will be mainly riding in the city but wanted to also take it to the trails every couple ...
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What are the differences between Columbus Tubings?

I'm just wondering why there are seven kinds of tube sets by Columbus (or Reynolds). There's XCr, Spirit, Life, Zona, Max, SL, and Cromor. I recently had a frame made using the Cromor tubeset; mainly ...
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Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?

Is the below groupset a good value for this frame? I picked up a vintage SuperCycle Medalist frame (I'm guessing 1970s) and am looking to make a comfortable but capable bike for commuting and ...
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Identify vintage bicycle brand

I don't know much about bicycles but I came across one that I want to offer to my nephew since he is into vintage race bikes. I would like to know the original brand of the bicycle/frame since I want ...
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Steps to remove Ultegra and install SRAM Force disc brakes with internally routed hose

I have a CAAD12 disc with Ultegra, but I prefer SRAM, so I have got some nice new Force levers & calipers that I need to fit. This is my first experience with disc brakes. The front setup isn't a ...
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Difference between “Track Frame set” and a “TimeTrial/Triathalon frame set”

I am going to make a custom fixie bike (possibly with a front brake) that I will use to race on tracks and even commute with. I have been looking at a Planet X frame, and they seem to have very ...
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What are the parts needed to build your own fixie?

I've always wanted to build my own bike and I figured that a fixie has the least number of parts. Please post one part per answer. Please explain what I should be looking for in the part. Also please ...
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How to lace a 36 hole 4x9 grouped spokes?

does anybody have any information on how to lace a 36 hole 4x9 grouped spokes? I am thinking to buy a set of rims of this make, but I am not sure how to lace it. Can I cross the spokes or do I have ...
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Unknown bike parts

I just purchased a bike online and recieved it yesterday. It has a few parts that I was hoping someone could help identify. I'm not sure what any of these are, but the two rings are metallic: I ...
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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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Installing downtube shifters with no clamp

I am trying to convert my Schwinn Mountain bike into a road bike. I bought a set of Shimano SL-SY20A 3 (2) x 7 Speed Down-Tube Shifters. they have a clamp attached but my downtube is very wide and the ...
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Frame/fork compatibility

I have a singlespeed/track geometry frame and I am after a fork that matches it. Besides the diameter of the steerer tube (it's 1 1/8"), what should I be looking for in the fork specs to be sure ...
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How many headset spacers might I need?

I am building a bike. The headset is in the head tube, and the next thing is to fit the stem and handlebar to the steerer. At this point, it seems I need some headset spacers in between the headset ...
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Wheel building - ever encountered nipples that are screwdriver-only?

I bought "powder coated" nipples for a new build to match a frame. It's for a SOMA Wolverine and the wheels were to be black spoke & rim with orange nipples - all the other non-orange parts are ...
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Building up a 1988 Schwinn Circuit frame with new parts

I’m very new to vintage road bikes, I’ve had an 1988 Schwinn Circuit frame laying around for years. Is it possible to build it up using newer components? I understand that it originally came with an ...
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Sociable quadracycle build. Disc brake rotor size?

I'm building a quadricycle. This sociable is planned to be around 120 lbs / 54.5 kg. The only "Guide" to proper rotor size versus weight is one I found from Magura. Average pilot/rider weight I figure ...
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If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?

I have old dull aluminum break pulls on dropbars with suicide levers. The new brakes are Tektro long reach. Should I change the levers? If so what is a good quality/price lever to buy?
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Building a beginner trial bike

I'm slowly turning my XC biking time into trial sessions. For now I'm only doing some track stands, endo's and wheelies, but I'm probably going to go for more as soon as I can do these properly. I'm ...
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Should I upgrade/rebuild an old rusty bike or get a new one? [closed]

A couple days ago my friend gave me an old bike. Much of the bike is very rusty although the frame and handlebar does not have as much rust. I am not a bike expert and have been learning quite a bit ...
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How to convert a commuter CX bike to an Electric bike?

I would like to convert my current bicycle into an E-bike. While there are many conversion kits available and plenty of sites with tips on this, none of them quite meet my needs, or they fail to ...
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Is this a good road bike frameset to consider building for a 5'6" rider?

Can this frame be used to build a decent road bike for someone 1.73m (5.6 feet)? It has 58cm ST, 58cm TT. 7005 aluminum Easton Ultralite aero tubing. 1" aluminum threadless fork. I'm coming from ...