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Would like to identify a late 80s/early 90s lo-pro bicycle's manufacturer and tube type

I just purchased this bike locally in Southern California and thought it would be straightforward to identify but I've asked around and no one seems to know. The specs are: Lugged steel (fork crown ...
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Identifying a brazed steel frame

I'm trying to identify this brazed steel frame I came across. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Suitable bicycle grease for aluminium and steel materials?

I hope you enjoy your day. A few days after of using my bike I have some troubling feeling about it. I can hear a cracking sound or something similar, and on the internet I found out the cause. I ...
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Fatigue Considerations: Over-tightened Front Derailleur Dent

I'm looking into purchasing a used bike to get into touring/bikepacking. There is a particularly low price Soma Double Cross Disc bike I've found on Craigslist that I think would be perfect... with ...
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Bike with a hi-ten steel frame for getting around the city?

Recently I bought a new bike which has the following characteristics: Size of frames: M (44cm) / L (48cm) / XL (52cm) Wheel size / Number of gears: 26 "/ 21 Frame: HI-TEN Steel Fork: HI-TEN steel ...
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ISO narrow-wide steel chainrings in higher tooth counts >30T

I know Surly, Sram, RaceFace and Wolf Tooth have offerings in small BCD and proprietary fixing systems (cinch & X-sync), but generally only come in one, MTB-range size. Anyone know of a ...
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How do I check my steel frame for water ingress, and minimise the risk of rust?

I have a bottle cage on the upper side of my downtube, and yesterday I noticed that one of the screws has gone missing. I don't know when this happened, but it could have been months ago. I often ...
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Titanium fork in a chromoly frame

I have heard there can be issues when dissimilar metals are in prolonged contact. Would that apply to titanium and chromoly? Ive got may eye on a new titanium fork for my old chromoly frame bike.
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Cracked frame riding into the back of car, what's salvageable?

Stupidly rode into the back of a car, due to a moment's inattention. I pretty much hit it at full pelt, though I was riding uphill at the time. The frame cracked, as this photo shows. Any idea what ...
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Can this bent (after crash) rigid steel fork get repaired?

I have this EBS (unknown model please help) rigid steel frame bike. Due to a recent crash, the fork was bent backwards and a little bit to the right, at the bottom bearing in the headset: Front View:...
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Harsh Winters bike - Steel vs aluminum frame?

I am looking to a buy a single speed commuter bike which I can also use through the harsh winters here. I have narrowed it down to two bikes - One has a 6061 Aluminium frame while the other has a hi-...
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Damage hole in seat tube after sandblasting, is it possible?

I had this 29er steel 853 Reynolds frame, with the paint in very bad state, no rust or corrosion, so I decided to have it sandblasted and repainted,... The result I think that it is that I got it ...
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Cracked chainstay weld — now what?

Yesterday while riding my Surly Ogre around town I noticed that it was making a weird metallic popping noise on the left downstroke. When I got home to take a look I was rather surprised to find that ...
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seat tube deformed, is it dangerous?

I just bought a 2nd hand salsa El Mariachi frame, that I will start to build this week. Unfortunately when I received it I realized that the previous owner probably has ridden it with the seatpost too ...
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Fork Failure on Vintage Steel Tandem Bikes - Any insights?

I'm wondering if you guys can share any knowledge regarding fork failure on old steel tandem bikes. I just bought a 1988 Santana Elan tandem. It's in beautiful condition. I contacted Santana to ask ...
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Kickstands “designed for steel frame”

While looking for a rear kickstand, I came across one which says "designed for steel frames". Besides carbon frame which I am pretty sure cannot be "squeezed", is there a real difference among steel ...
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Sudden, loud creak from BB area

I was on my way to a meeting, pedaling along, when suddenly there was a loud creak. I stopped, visually inspected the bike, manually revolved cranks both ways, and made sure nothing was sticking into ...
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Can I use titanium axle bolts on a steel frame?

I'm thinking of doing so for the non-corrosive properties of titanium. Weight isn't an issue. The thing I'm not sure of is the hardness of the titanium vs steel.
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Steel (531) road bike conversion to disc practicability

Are the stays on an old PX-10 frame (531) sturdy enough for disc brakes? I ask this, because this frame has nice, wide stays for wide rims and tires for use as a bad-weather bike. I would consider ...
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Painting Chromoly Steel

I was trying to paint my bare chromoly steel bicycle frame and fork. I sanded the frame and fork with 120 grit sandpaper to give it a slightly rough surface for the paint to adhere to. I used a quick-...
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How do different frame materials affect the handling of a bike?

I can appreciate that some materials are lighter than others and some have more flex than others, but overall, how do different frame materials affect handling of the bike? Assuming the same geometry ...
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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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How to polish a steel fork?

I recently acquired a steel fork, but the paint is very damaged and I would like to polish it and have it silver colour. What is a good system to have it nice as the one they sell, which look so ...
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Frame with bottle cage boss ripped out - how serious is the damage?

I'm a huge fan of Greg Lemond so naturally when this frame showed up in my local Facebook page with just the frame and headset, no fork. I got very excited. The seller says that the bottle cage boss ...
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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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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 to re-shape a bent steel fender

I've got an old road bike with polished steel fenders, the rear one of which unfortunately got bent during transport: As you can see in the lower half of the photo, the two sides of the fender were ...
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Feasability of repairing '70s-era welded-steel luggage rack

I've got a '70s Motoconfort (Motobecane) with the original "French randonneur-style" front luggage rack (it looks like a very small porteur rack): In the photo above, the rack is mounted to the bike ...
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Steel road bike with frame that hides cables

I'm trying to recall the name of a bike maker that I had found while researching steel bikes a few months ago. Their bike had a frame that hid cables. i.e., the frame had holes to run the cables ...
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does anyone still make competitive chromoly frames for road biking? [closed]

Chromoly frames can be constructed relatively light if the quality is high enough. Does anyone know of any brands that concentrate on making modern chromoly frames for entry level competitive cycling?...
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Bike repainting options

I'm based in Oxford and I have a classic Triumph steel cruising bike. I am a complete amateur when it comes to paintwork and I wanted to ask the community here a few quick questions if possible. The ...
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Steel vs Aluminum Spokes and Rims

I'm looking at a couple of cruiser bikes on Craigslist. I want to take them to my beach house for guests. How can I tell if the rims and spokes are steel or aluminum? The steel spokes on an ...
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Are these steel rims safe?

I recently bought an old Eastman ten-speed. It's got 700x23 tires on steel rims. The walls of both rims bend out slightly, maybe 10 degrees each. I'm not sure if they were built that way, or if they'...
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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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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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Steel rims responsible for slicing tubes?

I have an old Giant dutch bike and it has steel rims. Since I'm a big boy I felt that the 60PSI on the tyres is not enough and pumped my tyres to the maximum of 85PSI which is what my Schwalbe ...
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Having the fork blades aligned

I got a classic steel road bike, gazelle tour de France, and one of the fork blades was bent in the frame direction, some two centimetres, after a crash. I read here that this can be realigned, I'd ...
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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: I'...
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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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Brake lever grips

I have a Merida Matts TFS 600 and it has steel brake levers. As I have been all my life used to a plastic levers, I utterly dislike the feeling of the steel. I would like to know if is possible to ...
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Is the frame material of Specialized AWOL Comp and Elite the same?

I'm looking at these to bikes: AWOL Elite AWOL Comp From the specs I can't decifer though if the frame material and/or alloy is the same on the two bikes? I know the frames differ in other ways, ...
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What can cause direction to wobble?

When I cycle I can feel wobbling in the direction. I feel it even more and can even see it if I ride no handed. It gets really bad when I put luggage on my low rider. The bike is a 62cm touring steel ...
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How to keep a huge cargo bike safe in the city?

I have been biking for transportation and pleasure the whole time I've lived in Chicago, and I'm familiar with the basics of locking up and storing my commuter bike. Yesterday I added a Yuba Mundo to ...
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Can someone help identify my bike frame?

I needed to replace my old fixie frame with something lighter, and with a standard BB shell. So I came across this one online. The seller bought it off a friend who stripped and painted it, so any ...
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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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“Creaking” noise from headtube/handlebar

I have a steel frame (Columbus steel, made by Dancelli), and when I put weight on the ends of the handle bar, I hear a creaking noise from the headtube. It might not be the handlebar because I tried ...
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Are there any manufacturers of steel road bikes today? [closed]

Is there any major bike manufacturer that still makes steel road bikes today? The frame of my old Bridgestone got cracked and the crack is too close to the alloy BB lug for me to be able to weld it. I ...
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Knowing what bicycle frame material I have

I have a bicycle frame that's really heavy. It's a mountain bike frame with shocks, so I decided to replace the entire frame with a city bike aluminum frame(I only use the bike if I have to pick up/...
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Spreading a steel front fork

Has anyone got tips on spreading an old steel front fork to fit a more modern hub? I've got minimal tools. I thought a car jack might be a good way to go..
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Why use multiple materials on chainrings?

Why is it that on a typical mid-level road triple crankset, the outer rings (larger rings) will be aluminum, while the inner ring (small ring) is chro-mo? It seems to me that if aluminium was good ...