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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?
Wut tire is gud?
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Sup /n/. Recently i noticed my rear tire had some big fat cracks in it, and the tube was going bad because it wouldn't hold air. I ride a MTB on 26x1.95in knobby tires, which so far i've found to be a good mix of traction (for trail riding) and around-town commuting (for when i can't justify cranking up the exploding dinosaur mobile). So i figured i would pop down to my LBS and get my tire replaced. I wish it was that fucking simple.
First, they tried to sell me wider tires. "1.95x26 they said? Oh no, that's much too thin for trail riding." When i said i don't really play in the dirt much, mostly just ride on long trails with lots of loose earth/gravel where traction is important, they instantly started trying to get me to buy these $80 semi-slick street tires, claiming i was a complete fucking idiot for even having knobby tires on my bike. When i insisted that i didn't want anything different, was perfectly happy with my configuration, just wanted a new tire, they started showing me tires that cost like $80 a piece. I used to work at a Les Schwab, so i know a thing or two about car tires. I also know a bit about upselling clueless customers. So i rated the tires i was shown based on tread aggressiveness, contact surface, and price. While ignoring all the bullshit they fed me about ECKS GAEMS PERFORMANCE and EXTREEM DOWNHILL SPORTS. Anyway, in the end i settled for the tire pictured, a 26x1.95 Kenda "John Tomac" Nevegal series tire. I payed $44.99 for it. Today my much more knowledgeable buddy was telling me i got absolutely assfucked. Is this true? Looks like a nice tire to me, and all the reviews on google are pretty good.
TL;DR did i get completely hustled into buying something i don't need? And wut tire is gud?