Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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I concur with the general sentiments of this thread. For clarification, fork trail is specifically defined as the distance along the ground between the front tire's contact point and a straight line projection through the center of the steerer tube. This is a function of head tube angle, fork length, and fork rake. Fork rake is the forward displacement of the front axle resulting from curvature of the fork blades.
My Bianchi and my (now my son's) Peugeot PKN-10, both ca. 1980 models, are about as short, upright, and stiff geometries as I care to ride. For a long ride with a few bumps, it is hard to beat the old relaxed geometry framesets, either touring bikes of the 1970s or long distance road racing bikes of the 1960s.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069