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Old 11-18-10, 05:49 PM   #1
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"Death fork" for the perfect Viscount restoration

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1970s-vi...#ht_500wt_1156
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Old 11-18-10, 06:03 PM   #2
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I thought that Yamaha had the contract to manufacture steel forks designed to REPLACE the death fork.
I'm pretty ignorant about Viscounts, though I've always liked the way they look.
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Old 11-18-10, 06:08 PM   #3
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From the ad: "This fork has history like no other"
At least he got that part right.
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Old 11-18-10, 06:45 PM   #4
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Looks like that fork came off a REAL BIG Viscount Frame......

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nlerner was good enough to send me one for my Viscount. Mostly it sits in all it's polished glory in the corner next to my desk, although I've ridden it a time or two. At least it's one of the pinned ones.

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I have two of them ... they are very beautiful forks.

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Hmm. I have a Viscount on which the replacement fork was destroyed. For everything, there is a season.
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I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.
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I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.
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Why is it call the death fork?.
That is a very good question .. Despite it's reputation, I've never been able to find any evidence that any cyclist was ever killed by one of these forks.

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I'm a little new to all vintage road stuff. Why is it call the death fork? I had a trade offer for the replacement someone had. They look like their made of aluminum.
http://sheldonbrown.com/lambert.html#recall
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...bert_fork.html

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Before I joined this forum, I had only heard of them called "quick release forks."
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Going to forward this to "lawyerscumambulancechasers.com"
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Interesting thing is, I once built up a Viscount with a 1990's Sakae fork, which - if it wasn't for the glued blades - looks quite similar to the original:


(Excuse the hipster build)

It's 700C to boot - if I were building a Viscount for myself (and preferred not to use the Yamaha steel fork), I'd go this route.

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You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
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You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
For reals, man. Dang. Freewheel, but still.
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You're an animal Kurt, what is that like 52 - 14 gearing?
It was a flipper, so I figured I'd have fun at the expense of our local, Craigslist hipsters

Gearing is 51/15.

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