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Old 04-07-14, 11:04 PM   #1
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Do steel frame bikes have a break in period?

Although my brand new Jamis Coda Sport rides far smoother than my aluminum hybrid, it however feels a bit stiff compared to my friend's 2 year old Coda Sport. He has about 2000 miles on it. Both our bikes are identical except ofcourse mine is new and has no miles on it. Do steel frames have a break in period? Do these frames lose some of their stiffness in the long run?

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Old 04-08-14, 05:40 AM   #2
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Although my brand new Jamis Coda Sport rides far smoother than my aluminum hybrid, it however feels a bit stiff compared to my friend's 2 year old Coda Sport. He has about 2000 miles on it. Both our bikes are identical except ofcourse mine is new and has no miles on it. Do steel frames have a break in period? Do these frames lose some of their stiffness in the long run?
No.
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Old 04-08-14, 07:52 AM   #3
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When comparing the two bikes, did you:

-compare them in exactly the same conditions?
-make sure you didn't let emotions come in the way?
-ride on exactly the same type of tires?
-make sure the tires were brand new on both bikes? (tires, some more than others, do have a break in period)
-inflate the tires to exactly the same amount?
-ride on exactly the same wheels with exactly the same spokes and exactly the same tension?
-use exactly the same handlebar with exactly the same grips?
-use exactly the same position and bike geometry?

If not, you'll have to compare again
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When comparing the two bikes, did you:

-compare them in exactly the same conditions?
-make sure you didn't let emotions come in the way?
-ride on exactly the same type of tires?
-make sure the tires were brand new on both bikes? (tires, some more than others, do have a break in period)
-inflate the tires to exactly the same amount?
-ride on exactly the same wheels with exactly the same spokes and exactly the same tension?
-use exactly the same handlebar with exactly the same grips?
-use exactly the same position and bike geometry?

If not, you'll have to compare again
I agree with all of the above and would like to add that manufacturers can and do make small frame changes year to year and sometimes during the same model year to the frames. Ether as an improvement or supply issues.

Steel frames do not have a break-in period.
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Do these frames lose some of their stiffness in the long run?

Not in 2000 miles
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Old 04-08-14, 09:54 AM   #6
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When comparing the two bikes, did you:

-compare them in exactly the same conditions?
-make sure you didn't let emotions come in the way?
-ride on exactly the same type of tires?
-make sure the tires were brand new on both bikes? (tires, some more than others, do have a break in period)
-inflate the tires to exactly the same amount?
-ride on exactly the same wheels with exactly the same spokes and exactly the same tension?
-use exactly the same handlebar with exactly the same grips?
-use exactly the same position and bike geometry?

If not, you'll have to compare again
I overlooked the tire pressures - When we inflated the tires on the 2 bikes to exactly the same psi the ride quality became identical. Thanks for pointing it out. Mystery solved!
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Old 04-08-14, 01:28 PM   #7
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Not the frame per se ..
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I overlooked the tire pressures - When we inflated the tires on the 2 bikes to exactly the same psi the ride quality became identical. Thanks for pointing it out. Mystery solved!
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Tire quality and inflation are some of the most overlooked yet also most important factors of cycling.
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Old 04-09-14, 05:41 AM   #9
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still breaking in 1972 steel frame puch i have had since new..
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Very cool! Is that the original paint on the Puch? What kind of derailleurs does it have?
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that is oem paint, but the bike is an 8 speed now with recent derailleurs.
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