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built my first wheel

Keep your motorized bicycle on the road with suspensions, rims, tires and disk, drum and caliper brakes


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Old 01-23-2014, 07:46 AM
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Well, here's the deal. I dont like this fork. It seems to flex a lot compared to my other one, and it makes me slightly uncomfortable trusting it. So, I'm going to need a new fork. I was thinking about a suspension fork anyways, so I guess its ok. Any recommendations on a suspension fork? I like the looks of a springer, but I don't really like the design of the affordable ones for use with a drum, so maybe a tube one is better. I know squat about suspension forks. I'll be reading... any advice is appreciated, and I'd like to keep it under $100 which should be very realistic. I use a 1-1/8 threaded steer tube.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:34 AM
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All of my bikes are old and use a 1" diameter fork. There are adapters available so you can use an older type in your bike, but I know nothing about them. It would be easy to find a nice moped fork for well under a hundred. There is some variety in the length of the steering tube it will fit, so that is something to check. If the fork is a little long you can use a few shims to make up the difference. I've had real good luck with moped forks.
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:28 AM
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So it's finally warmer out and I've spent some time getting everything set for riding season. What I have learned was an important lesson. First of all, both of my forks are a 1" threaded not 1-1/8. That was a silly assumption from looking up online specs rather than measure myself. Not having researched 1" headtubes, I missed an important lesson. The fork I swapped was a threaded 1" ISO. My bike was 1" threaded JIS. Whoops, there are tiny differences that amplify when put together. The wobble I felt was the bearings not seating properly due to the tiny differences. If I had ridden around like this I imagine some damage to me or the bike would have happened. I had no idea there were two types of 1" threaded headsets. Lesson Learned. I swapped the headset cups and bearings/races from the iso set and made them fit. My (steel) headtube had no trouble accepting the cups without deformation. My fork is solid as a rock. Time to finish the exhaust!
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