December 3, 2009

Random fork musings

Stu sent me this email about his 69er-conversion fork:

Walt,
Sorry to take so long to get back to you about the new fork. It is really great. I thought it may be nice and get me riding the Gunnar a bit more, but it has transformed the bike and I only want to ride that bike now. Thank you so much. I don’t know how you did it and nailed the specs, but you did. I will spread the work on how great your stuff is.

Thanks again

Stu

Which got me to thinking – it’s not a surprise (to me) that I got the specs right for what the bike needed to do, since I’ve done a lot of forks for 26″ wheel bikes being converted to 69ers, (or B6ers, or whatever you call it when you’ve got a 650b wheel in front). I’ve probably built 30 forks like this over the years, mixed in with a couple hundred others not intended for different-size wheel bikes.

Today was a fork day, and I got one (Tom’s, pictured above during construction) done, and spent the rest of the day going back and forth with Mac trying to figure out where all the little mounts need to go to attach his lowrider pannier rack. Some projects are pretty much a slam dunk (like Stu’s fork) and some, man, they just take forever. But folks are paying for custom work, and even if I end up spending *way* too much time, I like to try to oblige.