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    Should I buy these reamers?

    So a local guy is selling these hand reamers. I don't know much about reamers, but it seems like a good deal and I've thought about getting some reamers. If I do go check them out, what should I watch out for in terms of wear and tear?

    http://www.usedottawa.com/classified...amers_13503663

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    They will have no use for framebuilding, other than building up your tool base for making fixtures, etc. This is a 'tool lot'. Sometimes you get a bunch of tools like this for a song and it works out great. Other times, they can be beat down, or of limited use. There are a million types of reamers.. there's lots to know. Unless they were a really smoking deal, and high quality, I would opt to buy them new on an as needed basis, that way you know what you have, ie not undersize, not oversize whether intentional or because of wear/defect, etc.

    For f-building, I would suggest a size run of adjustable high quality hand reamers, and maybe a seat pin specific reamer if you have the cash. I have an adjustable that I put a mic on and it cuts a hair under 27.2, and I finish with a flex hone. I never re-adjust that one, so it's like having a stand alone seat pin reamer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    They will have no use for framebuilding, other than building up your tool base for making fixtures, etc. This is a 'tool lot'. Sometimes you get a bunch of tools like this for a song and it works out great. Other times, they can be beat down, or of limited use. There are a million types of reamers.. there's lots to know. Unless they were a really smoking deal, and high quality, I would opt to buy them new on an as needed basis, that way you know what you have, ie not undersize, not oversize whether intentional or because of wear/defect, etc.

    For f-building, I would suggest a size run of adjustable high quality hand reamers, and maybe a seat pin specific reamer if you have the cash. I have an adjustable that I put a mic on and it cuts a hair under 27.2, and I finish with a flex hone. I never re-adjust that one, so it's like having a stand alone seat pin reamer...

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    Schmitty, what size flex hone are you using and/or do you have a link for it? I've been trying to do the same thing, undersize 27.2 and then a stainless steel brush for a while to clean it up but I'd think a hone would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay_ntwr
    Schmitty, what size flex hone are you using and/or do you have a link for it? I've been trying to do the same thing, undersize 27.2 and then a stainless steel brush for a while to clean it up but I'd think a hone would be awesome.
    you can get a ball hone from any shop that has a QBP account

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeGrownSS
    you can get a ball hone from any shop that has a QBP account
    Awesome info! So it is specific to 27.2 then. That's what I was looking for. I'm calling the LBS right now. It's not often that the LBS is the source of framebuilding stuff.

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    it is not specific to 27.2mm. there are 3 sizes you can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeGrownSS
    it is not specific to 27.2mm. there are 3 sizes you can get.
    Here it is in the QBP catalog. I guess they aren't specific for bikes then. I'd think a 1-1/8" would be just as easy to get from MSC Direct.



    EDIT, yep, MSC Direct has it too:
    http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT...14906&PMT4NO=0

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    That's what I use. The duration you use it dictates what your finished id is. I keep a few unused posts as go/no go 'gauges'. Don't get the coarse hones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    They will have no use for framebuilding, other than building up your tool base for making fixtures, etc. This is a 'tool lot'. Sometimes you get a bunch of tools like this for a song and it works out great. Other times, they can be beat down, or of limited use. There are a million types of reamers.. there's lots to know. Unless they were a really smoking deal, and high quality, I would opt to buy them new on an as needed basis, that way you know what you have, ie not undersize, not oversize whether intentional or because of wear/defect, etc.

    For f-building, I would suggest a size run of adjustable high quality hand reamers, and maybe a seat pin specific reamer if you have the cash. I have an adjustable that I put a mic on and it cuts a hair under 27.2, and I finish with a flex hone. I never re-adjust that one, so it's like having a stand alone seat pin reamer...

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    Cool, thanks for the detailed reply! Good call, I'm not going to go for it.

    Seat pin specific reamer - do you mean a reamer for a seat post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbotron
    Cool, thanks for the detailed reply! Good call, I'm not going to go for it.

    Seat pin specific reamer - do you mean a reamer for a seat post?
    Yeah, seat tube reamer.

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    I just avoided all that reaming by having an old 26.8 Syncros post lying about. It fit just fine so I never bothered with the reaming. I would have liked to though and now I know what to get. Thanks guys!

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