Join Date: Jul 2001
Bikes: My frame is covered in reflective tape. After adding ridiculously large handlebars, a comfy seat, and enough carrying capacity to haul a Thanksgiving grocery run home, the manufacturer wouldn't recognize it.
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evaluating a frame when building a bike from components
There's a non-profit organization in Chicago that periodically sells used fix-it-uppers. Sometime, I would like to go to one of their sales and pick up a bike that's little more than a frame, so that I can build up the bike on my own, using components of my own choosing. What criteria can I use to determine if a frame can be pressed into service as a performance bike? I know I can cheat and look at the brand name, and assume that a Cannondale is better than a Huffy, but I want to delve deeper than just looking at brands.
I know that I don't want a frame with cracks or other serious damage. I know I want a frame that fits my body size. I know that a light-weight but sturdy metal is preferrable. But beyond that, I feel like I don't know what I'm looking for....