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/n/, I'm in somewhat of a pickle. Let me first explain that I am a noob when it comes to bikes, and last night I changed the tube of a tyre for the first time.
Yesterday I bought second hand bike from a friend of mine; a Giant Advanced 2. It has come to my attention after the fact that the bike may or may not have been stolen, sold to my friend and finally sold on to me. At the base of the frame an identifying marking had been scratched off, and he had gotten it for 1/8th of the RRP.
Now I have noticed that after changing the rear tyre the bike no longer changes gears. The chain is sitting on the two smallest sprockets and will not move no matter what I do. Some cursory googling has led me to believe that this is due to broken shift cables.
As I have said, I am pretty new to this and don't really feel comfortable with the idea of changing my own cables, however I am not sure whether I can risk taking the bike into a bike store for repair, as it may so obviously be stolen. What do? Learn to repair it myself? Take it in to a bike shop? What would they do if they saw the scratched-off id?
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I got myselfe a fixie frame for cheap , so I can build up a second bike.
the thing that bothers me about the frame is the welding.
its allright but not that pretty.
how much of a dumb idea is it to strip the frame of paint ( which I plan to do anyway to get it powder coated) and just use a disc grinder to even out those welds to the pont where you can no longer see them.
also , second dumb idea , I like to get a straight fork ,and I could get one cheap that has those bars for a v break .
could I use my thrusty disc grinder to get rid of those und just weld holes that probably will be underneath the bars shut ?
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got hit by a car today....riding to a stop light, admittedly coasting and somewhat possibly in the blind spot, but they out of no where, make a right turn into a parking lot, i go slamming into the passenger door and mirror. I was fine, bike is fine, just knocked the chain off. Turns out they're English visiting the USA/Portland for their honeymoon. I just had to tell them to watch out, given they were lost, and driving competely differently than used to, I took some pity. the chick (driver) was freaked out and shaking. just had to let you know. Are there really that few of cyclists in England? btw dude had a Newcastle shirt on, is it just northeast England?
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What is the difference between a new cheaper steel frame (no name, bikes direct, etc) vs a expensive steel frame (soma, pake, cinelli? I want to build a fixed gear or a single speed for cruising around the city with my friends instead of using my road bike. What I want to know is will the cheaper steel frame hold up? Will the tubes bend or break due to bad qc and will the welds break shoving a tube up my ass?
Other than that, I'm looking for a cheaper beater frame for this. Something I won't mind getting banged up a little. Around 200 dollars.
Also, fixed gear vs single speed? I'm leaning more towards single speed as I never really liked how the fixed gear felt. Also what is a good single crankset? Apparently, a 80 dollar fsa one is no good based on reviews.
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Hi /n/, never really posted/browsed here but I'm looking to buy a bike on CL and have a question. How big of a frame is to big?
I'm a short fuck at 5'4", 28"-28.5" inseam. I asked the seller to measure the seat tube and he came back with 21in. 22in if you count the inch that comes out for the seat mount. 30in from the top tube to the ground, but it doesn't matter _that_ much.
From the guides I've read here and on the tubes, it seems to be about and inch too big for me. Is that extra inch going to be a deal breaker?
Here is the bike I'm looking at: 90s era Trek 8900 composite. I'm hoping to use this as a base for a commuter/daily driver. Don't really know much about it but from what I understand, it's a pretty sought after frame. He's asking $175. Should I do it?