Monday, December 17, 2007

Homecoming

The tall bike came home today, towing the BOB trailer with my Marinoni on it. Though it is rideable, the new fork needs some more modification before I'll feel safe riding hard on it. I'm happy with the day's work, though. The fork looks great, and the 27" wheel barely clears the Miele's original fork crown.

Why can't I ride it? I chose to omit the upper headset cup on the bottom frame, as it made the fork build more complicated and made servicing the headset actually impossible. As it turns out, that bearing was doing more than I thought; the squishy feeling is only amplified by the more powerful Miele caliper.

I'll post some detail shots soon; I hope to find a solution to this problem that doesn't involve building another new fork.

6 comments:

((lyledriver)) said...

I has another idea.
Weld an I Beam into the steerer?

morgman said...

Maybe some clamp on external gusseting to see if stiffening the steerer tube makes a difference?

morgman said...

Partial update: We have a couple of drawings which show potential options for stiffening the steerer tube. If Lyle felt like shooting a photo and uploading, we could discuss ;)

mander said...

Ooh nice photo morgman.

traveling wyatt said...

cool. has the fork failed while riding?

traveling wyatt said...

how about www.tallvancouver.com