Help on Forks...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by JemmaUK, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest


    I have a bit of a problem. I ordered a new 26" open spring front fork which should fit my bike great (and save my poor wrists, my hands vibrate for 5 minutes afterwards lol)

    Problem is that it looks like there is no brazed brake mountings or anything like that.. is it possible to have mounts brazed on and where would I go to get this done?

    I have very little cash, and I dont like the idea of the MTB spring forks, they dont seem to fit with the concept of the thing or the appearance...

    any suggestions?

    Jemma xx

  2. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Drum Brake front wheel. More added cost, but surely less than having brake mounts brazed. Drums work very well also
  3. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest


    Thats what the guy at the shop advised ... they have Anita now...

    They are fitting the fork, with a new headset and putting a hub brake on (shimano) as well as putting a new wheel together thats looking to cost me over £100 :.( although apparently it should be better than the brake I have.

    the fork itself is by a company called ridelow... see piccy

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  4. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Money well spent! What good is 30 MPH without a means of slowing down?

    Good luck and let us know how the new forks and brakes work out.
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    this might be a dumb question, but, which part of forks do you clamp the arm to ?
    I have a drum hub and have been avoiding looking at springers because I didn't think they were compatible
  6. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    That is a real good question azkronic. I would think the large tube, but I guess it would depend on the brake assembly. I have a grubee set from a couple of years ago. Front Drum rear Coaster(with sprocket bolted to hub) I believe that one would fit this style of fork.

    on an off topic personal note: I follow the function over form theory. i LOVE my MTB 100mm travel hydraulic shock forks, I believe they are SunTour's. My hands and wrists have never been happier on a MotoredBike.
  7. Wrench66

    Wrench66 Guest

    I just bought a drum brake hub for my coaster brake beach cruiser project from this place last week .
    The prices on that site are incredibly cheap even compared to the bargains one my find on Ebay. The more I thought about how the speeds of these bikes might easily overwork the fabulous coaster brake, but wanted something different than the std rim brake setup, the drum just looks the biz and will work very first!:smile:
    They were able to source SS spokes and all asscociated hardware for the switch from spool hub to drum and even offered to lace the drum hub to my rim for a reasonable rate.
    Very helpful folks there!
  8. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    Im not sure what you mean by the 'arm' but if I think its the thing you mean on mine they have clamped it to the frame of the fork... It looks fine although they have royally screwed up the throttle clamp on my bike *sigh* the **** thing moves around now *sigh*

    As to whether it works, its ok, but I dont know why the bike is now terrifying to ride. It doesnt feel at all stable and is much more skittish at cycling speeds but then it seems alot better under power - alot less effort and I dont end up with MB elbow as its called.

    I'll post pics when I get round to doing them - but the bike is now black with gold pinstripes & purple accents on the frame butts (the original colour) and looks ok...

    Jemma xx
  9. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Forks andBrakes

    Seems to me Sheldon Brown has some comments on this topic. I had them tucked away, but trashed it last month.

    Type Sheldon Brown into your browser, etc.
  10. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    I would guess Jemma that the steering alignment (trail & etc) is different with the change over to a sprung front fork. You may now have less positive trail or even a wee bit of negative trail with the type of fork you are now using.
  11. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Springer Fork and Trail

    Aye, good observation, Sianelle. Forgot that one. I recall from my Schwinn days, wish I still had that bike, that the "knee action" did make the bike ride "squishy" but fine.

    I don't understand why typical caliper brakes could not be hung from inside top of fork? Schwinn used to market bike with that exact set-up just before they quit.

    There was some sort of gizmo that attached to fork to hang caliper from or something like that. Will cruise around the WWW and see if I can locate pics.

    Springer Fork and Trail? Seems somewhat indecent!

    Off topic: It is 0 F in MN and Bush is lying again!
  12. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    With brakes while I do agree that a drum brake is a really excellent choice I've been looking at band brakes myself for use with my 'flat tracker'. Basically I can't afford a drum brake and getting it laced into a rim either, but I can afford to buy a band brake.

    Mind you I do agree that I'm lucky enough to have the means to make the necessary adaptors & etc to get a band brake to fit my chosen hubs and springer fork. Though I do wonder if any other forum member has tried using band brakes at all and what their experiences with them might be.
  13. Brakes on Schwinn-type springers

    Hi Sianelle, I've done quite a few Motor Bicycles with the repop springers ( maynbe 30?) and I've always used the rim-clamp, single stud mount "Caliper" type brake, with fresh pads they work well enuf, are cheap, reliable, and pads can easily be changed "on the road" at any time (I've done it, 10mm combo wrench, 9mm combo, and a pair of hemostats). I have used many drums, but cannot remember using one on the old "knee action" if you would do it, strap your "pork chop" to the rear leg, not the front.

    I hope this helps,

  14. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    Hey thanks for the advice Mike; - sorry Jemma for hi-jacking your thread. :oops:

    I had an opportunity to purchase a new band brake at less than the usual list price so I thought I would give it a go as I've never used one before on any bicycle of mine. I thought too that the band brake might be more in keeping with the kind of 'look' I wanted my wee bike to have; - and besides I didn't want to have a Caliper brake rubbing the gold anodising off the sides of my nice gold alloy rims. This little bike is intended to be more of a pampered 'pet' than any of my other bicycles or my trike and it will most probably end up getting polished a lot as well as being a mobile advert for my planned homebased bicycle repair business.
  15. Band Brake???

    Hi Sianelle, the band brakes I'm familiar with (and not altogether too fond of) needed to have a left hand "freewheel" type thread to screw the little internal drum onto, is this not your case? I've serviced them on "skate-board" scooters, and more recently Whizzer was using them. How then will you attach the little drum to the hub?

  16. Sianelle

    Sianelle Guest

    Well Mike, it's about time I got myself back into practice with cutting threads with a lathe so I thought I'd have a go at turning up an adaptor from steel bar. I own a lovely old English Myford toolroom lathe and it's about time I started using its potential.
    I've been recovering from illness for a while now, but back when I first had my relapse I took a punt at having a positive outlook on the future by spending my savings on workshop equipment, - including the Myford because I'd always wanted one. Perhaps it was stupid of me to spend that money when I could've done with it later, but it gave me a goal to aim towards and something to pin my hopes on.
    Being ill for a long period of time tends to knock your confidence and it's been a little nerve-racking over this past week or so to experience using my new MIG welder for the first time, or my new drill press and of course my wonderful lathe. I'm sure I'll get back into the way of things Ok though. Years ago when my kids were small and I had little money I had an aged washing machine that used to spit broken parts from time to time. I forget now how many new parts I made for it on the big old rattly 1940s English lathe I owned at the time :grin:
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