In many cases, we should be closing these as too broad. The vast majority are low quality. SE doesn't really have a good hit rate on these types of things, but some of them on occasion are good for some older bikes.
One of the things is that nothing is going to stop low rep users from asking such questions to begin with. So even if it became off topic, i'...
First, accept that the chances of your bike manufacturer, brand or model being identified are low, effectively zero in many cases (repainted BMX frames, generic 80's drop bar ten-speeds, 90's inexpensive hybrids ...)
Having seen a great many id-my-bike questions on this site I think the goal is not so much getting the bike identified but avoiding looking ...
In order to ID a bike a question must have:
At least one clear picture.
If there is no picture there is zero chance of providing an ID. The question will be closed.
The picture should be high resolution (any modern smart-phone will work)
In the picture the bike should be:
- well lit
- right side up (sitting on it's wheels)
- of the whole ...
a. the first photo should be a clear and well lit shot of the right-hand side of the bike. Ideally it should be sunlit or good incandescent or LED lighting. Avoid fluorescent tube lighting at all costs.
b. the bike should be clean-ish. Doesn't have to be concours level but we need to see the details and small features.
c. Show the whole bike, not ...
Or maybe we should just have a "blanket form" answer that covers a lot of sources and solutions for identifying bikes and just give that every time? I've only been here 4 days and I've already seen several of these posts, and they are always horrible.
Newbs tend not to understand "off topic" because they're asking a question about a bike and how could that be off-topic ?
Its the kind of question that may keep a new user or turn them off the site, and that's to be avoided if possible.
I think its worth trying to answer or comment as well as possible, to request extra info through comments, and to try ...
Totally fine, definitely on-topic, however there's not much chance of identifying a specific brand.
What is more useful is identifying an age of the bike - knowing that something comes from the 1970s.
My question to your question, is why do you want to know the make? What purpose will it serve? If you're trying to find parts for a bike, then the brand is ...
The current consensus seems to be that "ID My Bike" questions are on-topic for this site, if they are well written. As the comments on this meta post indicate, there are two ways we can go if the question is poorly written, does not include sufficient details and pictures, etc.
Do what we are doing now which is primarily comment and downvote.
Looks like this site is now top hit for googling "identify bmx by serial number", so everyone who even thinks about the problem is directed here. I'd really appreciate if we would have a separate reason for closing these questions rather than the rather unclear "too broad" or "offtopic" without separate subcategory for identifying BMX frames by serial number....
Everything here is merely my opinon/view.
They are sort of on topic, sometimes, but the default position should be that they are off topic.
1) If people want help related to parts and standards for a certain frame, they should ask that question. Most such questions can be answered if they are prepared to take some measurements (i.e. put in a bit of effort ...