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Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics' started by timdesuyo, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. timdesuyo

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    Went out looking for a roll with some friends, bounced on some pole, and got completely bent. But, if anyone asks... I didn't bonk.

    Gyah. Good time riding today, but I was following a little close, and should have been paying more attention, and went straight into one of those posts they have to keep cars off the sidewalk. Gyah. My fork is done. I got home ok, but I'm definitely going to need a replacement. Any suggestions, anyone? I'd need a 650c one, with a 1 inch threadless steering tube. If you're curious, here's the carnage: http://i.imgur.com/8LBgG.jpg
  2. StuInTokyo

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    Yes, sounds like you are forked and will have to fork out for a new one.

    Please delete this thread before FarEast sees it, after his exploits on the LRRB thread. ;)
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    Aww... don't get so bent out of shape. :D
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    Hi Tim - I'm at our factory in China - I'll check and see if any 650 forks are available. If so, I'll grab one or 2.
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    BTW - only issue I'd see with a used fork is if the steering tube is cut shorter than you need, and if the unit has been crashed on (and with carbon) subsequently repaired. If it is a NOS or open mould fork, should be fine.
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    The only time I trashed a fork was so embarrassing. I was carrying my bike, in its bag, down the escalator at the station. I might have had a beer or six. The rear tyre caught on some stanchion and pushed the fork into the wall, but the escalator kept on moving. Slow... motion... crunch. :cry::cry:
  9. timdesuyo

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    Wait! Don't! I already ordered an Easton off eBay. Shoulda thought to email you directly :( Not to say there isn't a market for them. TokyoBike wants 11,000 yen and a month or more wait for their forks, with no guarantee of color. I'm sure I'm not the only guy/gal who's screwed up his TokyoBike. Also, you'll be proud to know the wheel is still true.


    Ouch. ouch ouch. I would have been crying right there with you. I was pretty embarrassed by this as well. Totally my fault. I shoulda been paying attention. Didn't even have the beer or six as a cover story.
  10. GSAstuto

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    Hi Tim2 - no worries! I'll belay on that. Maybe I'll get a couple in the next order just so we have some spares for the TB riders anyway. Easy to match their price on the fork - and ours are full carbon anyway. Good to hear th wheels are OK! better to cream a fork than a frame anyway - you should check alignment on it. Oftentimes the frame headset might be tweaked.
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    I forked my Fondriest while driving into a supermarket. It was on the roof of the car... I also forked the saddle and the saddle of my wife's bike on the same low pedestrian cover... The fork was also an old fashioned size and took me a long time to find a replacement.
  13. GSAstuto

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    Tim2 - yes- you should have the alignment checked. Any proper LBS should be able to do this - there is a an alignment rod that you place through the headtube and then make measurements for twist and /or deflection. Of course - we can probably cobble something together at Stu's as well. You'll love the carbon fork - it will drop more weight from your front end and better shock absorbtion.
  14. timdesuyo

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    With the panniers on the back, and the carbon fork up front, I just might need a wheelie bar. I'll definitely check out the alignment. Maybe a tutorial would be appreciated over beers at Stu's :) I got the headset from Wiggle, so I went ahead and got the Tiagra crank as well. It was 8,000 yen. That leaves me with one more question though, Italian or British bottom bracket?
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    BB depends on your bike - but I'll bet beers that its a British thread. Very few Chaiwan bikes come factory ITA threading. BB is a no brainer - just pick one up at Y's and get the Ultegra.
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    The Ultegra crank was cheaper than the Tiagra at Y's. Also, Wiggle came today, and the fork hit Narita at 2am. Gyah! Hurry up and get here!
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    Resolution:

    If anyone was aching for resolution, here's the most non-Tokyobike Tokyobike that you'll see:

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    Got the Easton fork from eBay, and the Campy headset from Wiggle, and then managed to score some sweet handlebars, saddle, and bottle cage from GSAstuto. OG is reborn.
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    With that heavy rack on the back you must be able to do wheelies with all the carbon up front!

    Don't for get the titanium skewers! :eek:

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