Bicycle Mechanics - Goofed up
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12-20-08, 11:03 AM
The other day I bought a rebuilt RS Duke fork of Craigs for cheap to use on a beater mtb I'm building. When I was installing it it didn't have brake studs installed. Found a set in the junk box. First one goes in fine, second balks with about one turn to go. Lean on it just a bit and the entire boss breaks off. Turns out the hole wasn't drilled quite deep enough and it bottomed out. Previous owner used disks. Now I figure I've got to turn this bike into a mullet. More $ into what was supposed to be a cheap bike. The broken section looks ugly so I grab the JB Weld and glue it back on. No way I'm riding this, right? I know JB is strong but all I can imagine is it letting go, brake arm swinging into front wheel, going down hard.
12-20-08, 11:59 AM
Is that a product or are you talking about actually welding? I didn't think castings like this welded very well.
JB Weld is glue. I wouldn't trust it myself.
12-21-08, 08:27 PM
Drill bit and an easy out.
12-22-08, 02:21 AM
It wasn't the brake stud that broke. About 3/4" of the threaded part of the casting separated from the main body.
Joshua A.C. New
12-24-08, 02:45 PM
Have you considered swearing?
12-25-08, 07:52 AM
Either completely disassemble it and have it welded or use disc brakes. Jb weld and other epoxies are not suitable for this You might be able to figure out a mechanical clamping arrangement with something that goes all the way around the shock tube, but it still would be marginal.
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