This won't necessarily help the OP, but it may help other riders in a similar situation.
Stack and reach defined
First, let's review what stack and reach are. Stack and reach are usually measured to the top of the bike's head tube. Here's an article by Road.cc, and a picture from their article.
Basically, reach is how long the bike is (i.e. the horizontal ...
IMO getting a bike with the proper fit is most important. If possible I would highly recommend a professional fitting at a local shop. A poor fit not only will be inefficient but will likely be uncomfortable and may handle poorly.
A frame with vertical dropouts can be made to work by installing a chain tensioner into the derailleur hanger. There are lots ...
Raw steel nor aluminum frames will shine like chrome. Period. One can remove the paint from a steel frame, or have a paint shop do it with sand/media blasting. But paint is used to protect against rust. A raw steel frame will rust. Regular applications of WD40 would slow rust. A clear coat of lacquer would be more effective at preventing rust.
I've seen ...
How to build something out of a bicycle frame
A bike frame can be incorporated into many objects.
1. Have an idea. Start with "I need a [fill in the blank] around the house". Having an actual need for something helps prevent building something that ends up having no use.
Possible categories (not a complete list):
2. A "...
As a sort of DIYer, I think that aluminum bits can be interesting for a lot of projects.
I'd hacksaw it and extract bits and parts for my creations. For example, the stays can be turned to tool handles; other tubes cut apropiately could serve as shims.
The dropouts, specially rear ones can serve as holders for other things, like a toilet paper holder or ...
Yes. If you have a aluminum or steel frame it's possible to strip the paint off and sand and polish the metal so that it is shiny.
To get to the shininess level of chrome plating is a lot of work though. You need to work your way up through sandpaper grits from ~300 to ~2000 depending on the starting condition of the metal and the level of polish you want. ...
This is only engineering judgement, not technical analysis: the damage does not appear particularly serious or significant at that location. As Daniel advises above, keep an eye on it for cracks developing. If you are just a "normal" everyday type user it could be OK for quite a while. The Al frame will eventually crack and fail, not necessarily at this ...
Is it feasible to repair a crack in a frame around the seatpost clamp?
1. possible to do easily or conveniently.
2. likely; probable.
It is possible to repair an aluminum frame. It is not easy or convenient.
It's all about how much effort/money you are willing to put into this project.
Finding someone with a gas tungsten arc welding rig who ...