Questions tagged [customization]

Questions relating to alterations, not simple upgrades but creating one-off unique parts or altering parts in a unique way.

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Is there a way to have thru axle dropouts with thread on a left side?

I am in process of ordering custom bike, but one thing that makes me super unhappy is the fact all dropouts I see have threads on the right (drive) side. Is there a way to (or there is some source, i....
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Are brake calipers directional?

I'm interested in putting a discs brake on the right side of a bicycle. The goal is to have dual front discs, similar to how motorcycles often use double front brake discs. I can buy or make a custom ...
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Making a 7 spd cassette or freewheel out of a 9 spd (need to save space to fit in dropouts!)

Restoring an old bike with smaller space between the dropouts and want to use it with a "modern" 9 speed XT derailleur. The shifting needs to be fluid so I'm trying to keep "9 speed&...
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How to bend handlebar to customize it?

Here in my country is kind of difficult to get certain types of handlebars, but it is easy to get flat and riser mountain type handlebars and standard types of road drop bars. So I'm investigating ...
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Mix Match Using Wolftooth Tanpan

My current setup are using a full Shimano 105, medium cage GS 11-34t, crank are 50-34t. Through some digging, I want to upgrade the RD using Deore XT M8000 SGS Long, paired using wolftooth tanpan. ...
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Hydro brake piston fluid volume Shimano vs. Campy vs. TRP

I am trying to mount some Hope calipers to some custom brake levers. Hope say the calipers - RX4+ - can be used safely with Shimano and Campy levers in their mineral oil form. I want to know if the ...
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Custom/modified Drivetrain 2x/3x Considerations and Planning

Planning a drivetrain setup for a new bike: Currently running old Shimano 3x9 44/32/22t on 11-34t, which gives me 19-115 gear-inches (about 620%). I used 29x2.0, 170mm crank to calculate my current ...
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What type of paint to use for a bike frame

What's the best type of paint to use for painting bike frames, it's steel if that makes a difference? I want to do a custom paint job and mix a few colours in a gradient effect. Should I use enamel ...
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Painting for mudguard is needed!

I want my mudguard(for cycle) in style but I don't have paint. When I search web it is very costly. Can I do it with water colour or fabric painting? Or there is any other paint but it should be ...
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I want a bolt on crank, but dunno what terminology to use to find one

I want to place a crank on a bike at a different location than the one the bike is originally located. This is similar to what i want to do, this is an addon crank for a smaller person to pedal with a ...
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Are chainring bolts alone strong enough?

Because of a custom application, I need to be able to use 104BCD chainrings. However, I need a stand-alone spider to hold the chainrings; the chainwheel will not be mounted directly to a 104BCD crank. ...
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Paint bicycle keeping stickers

I have seen a used bicycle for me to buy, which has got me mainly interested, but I don't like the fact it is white. Is it possible to paint it another color keeping the stickers? Thanks.
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Converting tandem to cargo bike

I live in South America where we don't have substantial supply of modern two-wheeled cargobikes in the market at reasonable prices, so I think converting a tandem bike by dismounting the stoker seat ...
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Is it possible to change a painted frame into a chromish one?

I have a fixed gear bike and I'd like to give him a fresh start. It's all painted in blue and I'd like to know if it's possible to obtain the chromish color on the links between the tubes (it's an old ...
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How can I spin a dynamo wheel at road speed for bench testing?

I can check my dynamo works by spinning the wheel on the workstand or just riding, but I'd like to do some more involved testing. I'd like to develop some custom electronics to use the extra power ...
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Custom dutch bike project [closed]

Here I am a Kiwi in the Netherlands with a little dutch bike project underway. The internal of the steerer tube is 19.3mm (give or take) so I am unable to put a 1" - 1" 1/4 (32mm Handlebar diameter) ...
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How can I dress up a bike as a unicorn?

Or a horse, of course. The bike has to be rideable, and needs to return to normal afterwards. Most years my city has what they call a "carnivelo", a family ride in which bikes, riders, trailers, ...
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Any companies out there that given a carbon frame could replicate it?

I snapped my frame and I really liked the bike setup I had. Is there a company out there that will make a carbon framed based on one provided.
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How many sprockets can I fit on a crank?

So, I have a pair of ambidextrous shifters on my bike. In other words, both shifters are ten-speed so that you can change the "handedness" of your handlebar if you want. This got me thinking, they ...
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Very nonstandard question: Is there any way to widen a tire by combining it with some other tire (cut and re-glue)?

Brace yourself - this is not normal. I have an old 22" rim (37-501, 22x1-3/8) and all I can get is skinny tires for it. But I'm an idiot and I really want a wider tire on that rim. I want it so bad I ...
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Judging a bicycle show

At the end of the month, I'm helping out at a Car Show that has a new Bicycle division. They want me to judge because I work in the bike industry. I've never done this, and any recommendations would ...
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Is this road/city frankenbike concept a feasible idea?

I do a half-hour each way city commute every day and the Yepp EasyFit mount I just installed on the rear rack of my already over-optioned Vanmoof 5.1 is the straw that broke the camel's back. In ...