FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


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Assembly & Care

Should I use my Waterford on my Windtrainer?

Only if you\'re careful. When you ride on the road, your bike sways and leans as you shift your weight from side to side. Clamp it into a wind trainer, all that force is absorbed by the dropout, dramatically accelerating frame fatigue. What can you do?

  • Avoid wind trainers which clamp at the bottom bracket. These can be particularly damaging to your bike. Trainers which clamp at the rear dropouts put less stress on the frame.
  • Supplement your wind trainer with a set of rollers which, since they have no such clamping, take less of a toll on the frame. Rollers help you develop important handling skills which you can\'t get from a regular wind trainer.
  • Use your \"beater\" frame on your wind trainer. This can mean many more seasons for your Waterford frameset.
  • Tell us if you plan to buy a Waterford for use with a wind trainer. We can substitute extra-strong chainstays and seatstays which compensate for the extra stress and strain.

What else should I know about indoor training?

Besides the extra wear and tear from wind trainers, don\'t forget about other considerations associated with indoor training.

Among such considerations, protecting your frame from sweat is most important. When on the road, wind dramatically reduces the amount of sweat which drips onto the frame during riding. When riding indoors, less evaporation takes place and some training areas are quite warm. This means a lot more sweat hitting the frame. Tips:

  • Clean, dry, wax and lubricate your frame before setting up your bike on a trainer for the season.
  • Applying an internal tube protectant like JP Weigle\'s Framesaver prevents internal tube corrosion from the humid indoor conditions.
  • Be sure to clean off your frame after every workout!
  • As long as water beads up on your finish, your wax is holding up. If it stops beading up, then it\'s time for another wax job.
  • Consider putting a fan in your training area. It keeps you cooler and more comfortable and reduces the sweat that can reach the frame.
  • Covers designed to catch sweat are available to mount on your bike/trainer
Lube it up: Just because you train indoors doesn\'t mean you can ignore normal mechanical maintenance. In particular, make sure the drive train and head set are properly lubricated before every ride. Not only does this extend your bike\'s life, it makes your spring ramp up easier.

Keep it warm or keep it cold: Keep your bike indoors if it is your trainer and outdoors if it\'s your commuter bike. Great changes in temperature inevitably create condensation on both inside and outside surfaces - expecially when you bring your bike in from the cold.

It\'s just like how an ice-cold glass sweats on a hot summer day. If you plan on riding all winter, store your outdoor bike in the cold. Not only does this eliminate condensation from forming, it also keeps your bike in closer adjustment since your cables don\'t contract and expand with the temperature changes.

Question List

Choosing Your Waterford

Do you want a racing bike, recreational bike or both?
What kind of maintenance does my Waterford need?
How big a tire do you want to fit on your bike?
How do you go about choosing your Waterford?
What if my seatpost slips during rides?
How versatile do you want your bike?
What kind of handling do you want?
What do I need to do to prevent rust and corrosion?
Why do we measure our seat tubes 'center to top'?
What do you want to carry?
How big a load do you want to carry?
If I'm a 180 pound rider, why does it matter whether my load is 15 pounds or 25 pounds?

Geometry and Fit

How does Waterford perform factory fittings?
What is toe-clip overlap and why do we avoid it?
My Fit Kit recommends a 538mm top tube. Nobody offers stock geometries in these sizes. What's my best fit?
Can't you just build a bike based on Fit Kit® measurements?
Why are your seat angles so steep on small frame sizes?
Why is there toe clip overlap on track geometries?
Why does Waterford recommend 650C or 26" wheels on selected sizes?
Why does Waterford sometimes recommend 650C or 26" wheels?
What if I want to change from a steel fork to a carbon fork or vica versa?

Materials & Construction

Retrofitting S&S Couplers?
What makes Waterford's Tubesets so Special?
Why Steel?
How much do color choices affect durability?
Lugs vs. TIG - Which is best?

Paints and Finish

How do I apply touch-up paint?
Why don't we Chrome Plate all Waterfords?
How do color choices affect durability?
Why not internal cable routing?
Wouldn't clearcoat over bare metal work?
Why not clearcoat only?
What's wrong with a matte finish?
Why can't I just give you a paint code to select custom paint?
Choosing a Finish

Upgrading Your Waterford

What kind of composite fork can I install on my Waterford?

General Information

Where do I find my serial number?
What does my serial number mean?
What is the difference between Gunnar and Waterford
What is the difference between 14-, 22- and 33-Series models?

Assembly & Care

What common dimensions are there for Waterfords - threading, bolts etc.?
My head tube is somewhat out of round. What kind of problem is it?
Which clamp diameter should I use to for my front derailleur
Clamp-on or braze-on front derailleurs.
What kind of care do I have to give my Waterford to prevent rust from forming?
How do I prevent my composite (carbon fiber) seatpost from slipping?
How long a seatpost do I need?
How do I get a good fit when installing downtube shift adapters?
How do I apply touch-up paint?
How do I apply replacement decals?
How do I remove my chainstay protector?
Should I use my Waterford on my Windtrainer?
Why did we go from 27.4mm to 27.2mm seatposts?
Why don't we install dropout adjusters on bikes that have adjuster holes?
I have an older model 1400 or 2400 off-road frame. What kind of front deraileur do I need?
What if I want to install a 1" for on a 1 1/8" head tube frame?
Threading: What is it for eyelets, rack mounts and so on?

Repair & Restoration

Why can't I just have Waterford touch up my frame instead of completely repainting it?
Is it worth it to restore my old Paramount, Raleigh or other classic road bike?
Can Waterford spread my dropouts on my old bike?
What does it take to retrofit my bike with S&S Couplers?
Will Waterford put its decals on a Paramount restoration?
Can I change the geometry on my existing frame?
I have a dent in my top tube, should I be concerned?
I have a chrome Paramount with damage to the chrome. Can you re-chrome it for me?

Buying / Selling a Waterford

How can I sell my Waterford?


Can I order a 1 inch steerer disc brake fork?
How can I get a disc brake fork with the ride of my classic steel rim brake fork


Does the Waterford Warranty Extend to Used or EBay Frames and Forks?
What constitutes normal wear and tear for warranty purposes.


What do I do for a stuck seatpost or bottom bracket?
What should I do to prevent high-speed wobble and shimmy on my bike?
What do I do about brake chatter or shudder?
How do I reduce brake squealing?
How do I prevent my rear wheel from pulling under heavy climbing or sprinting?
What if I experience chain suck on my Off-Road frame.

Log in and Using this Web Site

Does my Waterford Login connect me to the Forum?


What's the fork threading on the 1960's Paramounts
What do the markings mean found on the bottom bracket of Paramounts from the 50's to the 70's?