Ex-forks

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by David Damerell, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. About town, I often ride my old Triumph roadster:

    http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~damerell/bikes/triumph.jpg

    which is secretly a rebadged Raleigh. It has the compelling advantage that
    it looks much less pinchable than most bikes.

    For the last week I've noticed an increased amount of rattling and
    clonking from the front mudguard.

    Last night when I got in I noticed the brakes were sticking. I gave them a
    bit of a shove, but was in a hurry so left it.

    This morning I noticed the brakes were really sticking... and, on
    inspection, that the left fork blade had sheared off from the fork crown.
    I wonder how long that's been like that?

    Since it's really a Raleigh, I guess I either need to scrounge up another
    Raleigh fork or to replace the headset. Sigh etc.
     
    David Damerell, Jul 15, 2015
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  2. If it is old enough, and you can find someone capable of doing it,
    it might be possible to weld the fork back on. But it looks a
    little new for that to be likely to succeed.


    Regards,
    Nick Maclaren.
     
    Nick Maclaren, Jul 15, 2015
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  3. I spotted a distinct Marmite absence fail there.
    I've had a fork welded way back when. But matching the paint might be
    tricky.
     
    Kerr Mudd-John, Jul 16, 2015
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  4. 60s or so; there can't be _that_ many older bikes about now. My concern
    about having the fork repaired is more that it would almost certainly cost
    more than scrounging up a replacement, given the number of Raleighs of
    that era out there.
     
    David Damerell, Jul 17, 2015
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  5. David Damerell

    Rob Morley Guest

    The semi-proper way to repair it would be to remove the broken off
    stub that's in the crown, then clean up the broken blade and weld on a
    new top end, and braze that back in place. I'd be very wary of trying
    to just weld it back together as it is.
     
    Rob Morley, Jul 18, 2015
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