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Old 04-02-14, 03:30 PM   #1
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Used frames for building a touring bike?

Because of my limited options here in Hungary, I wondered, I should make my own touring bike, or gather the parts. Do you think used frames are a good option? I found this Giant Expedition nagyméret? kerékpár váz trekking - Vatera.hu

you'll see the condition of the frame is a bit used, but the guy said that it has no affect on the safety overall. It's a giant expedition frame, for 50 dollars.... Should I get a new frame or search something else?
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Old 04-02-14, 04:33 PM   #2
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i've recently been training in aircraft that are more than half a century old. metal, especially for something that is so stress free as a bike frame should be safe, if of average quality and not damaged, for a century or more i would think.

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Old 04-02-14, 05:36 PM   #3
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I love the shifter on the seat tube! Hard to tell from pictures whether or not the frame, rear triangle, and/or derailleur hanger are straight. You can check the rear triangle with a piece of string. Look for bubbled paint or irregularities in the top tube and down tube right behind the head tube.....could be evidence of a head on crash. Looks like a sturdy frame though. Do you think it will fit you?
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If that frame is good condition and fits GRAB IT NOW!

I have two Giant Excursions and they are great bikes. Here is what it looks like when new. The original had flat bars, I converted to drops and brifters. Great bikes and very comfortable.

FWIW the shifter on the seat tube is the control lever for the bottom bracket mount generator.


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FWIW the shifter on the seat tube is the control lever for the bottom bracket mount generator.
THANK YOU... I couldn't figure out what the heck that thing was for... i dig
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