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Old 01-08-2017, 02:56 PM
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Is it safe to put a disc brake on a Schwinn springer.
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:30 PM
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Can you weld?
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:12 PM
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I can weld a little. I know guys who worked for me that are certified welders who are artists at what they do. What did you have in mind? I have been looking at the forks to see if I could strengthen them with out changing the appearance.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:16 PM
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You could always buy a springer fork with mounting tabs if you don't trust your welding skills.
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Old 01-09-2017, 10:40 AM
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You could always buy a springer fork with mounting tabs if you don't trust your welding skills.
It all depends of the type of Springer fork.
These for example are 'just look cool' kids bicycle forks...



It short a cosmetic design that will fail at the pivot joint, and they don't provide any real shock absorption anyway.

If you manage to weld a disc caliper on it, I imagine the first time used it the fork would collapse with the speed and weight of an motorized bicycle .

If you wand a disc brake springier I suggest this...
The ~$100 Sun already has a front disc mount and will take it.
https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Delux.../dp/B008ZTM7GI



2 strong forks and 2 springs.
The back fork is attached to the frame headset, the front fork holds the wheel and free to move up and down so it actually does give you some suspension!
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:17 PM
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It all depends of the type of Springer fork.
These for example are 'just look cool' kids bicycle forks...



It short a cosmetic design that will fail at the pivot joint, and they don't provide any real shock absorption anyway.

If you manage to weld a disc caliper on it, I imagine the first time used it the fork would collapse with the speed and weight of an motorized bicycle .

If you wand a disc brake springier I suggest this...
The ~$100 Sun already has a front disc mount and will take it.
https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Delux.../dp/B008ZTM7GI



2 strong forks and 2 springs.
The back fork is attached to the frame headset, the front fork holds the wheel and free to move up and down so it actually does give you some suspension!
Yea, that's the one I have on my new lifan bike. It works well and looks really cool. When I first got the micargi puma in the mail, I took one look at the springer fork that came with it (the first picture), and thought to myself "Now there's as good a way to kill yourself as any I've seen."
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:49 PM
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Yea, that's the one I have on my new lifan bike. It works well and looks really cool. When I first got the micargi puma in the mail, I took one look at the springer fork that came with it (the first picture), and thought to myself
"Now there's as good a way to kill yourself as any I've seen."
My thoughts exactly and why I pointed it out ;-}
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:21 PM
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Mounts are not the problem. Somebody said the forks were not strong enough.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:25 PM
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The question was sort of geared towards whether or not you thought the fork could accept a good bead or not. Having not held one in my hands, I don't know how thick or of what quality the metal is. Is it a legitimate Schwinn product, or is it a Chinese knockoff? Some of the knockoffs have been known to buckle right at the pivot... and aren't suggested for use on a motorized bicycle in the first place.

Anyway, the point is that you can weld disc brake tabs on a fork, but only if the metal it's going on is up to the task.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:38 PM
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They make universal caliper mounts for forks like the springer. Just google it, and then decide if it looks strong enough for the speeds you travel. Universal caliper mounts normally clamp to the axle and then to the fork, similar to the way a torque arm attaches.
https://www.amazon.com/brake-bracket.../dp/B00I6IV782
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