Hey, folks. I've got an old mountain bike that's been turned into a city bike, and I'm pretty pleased so far. I put SKS Longboards on at the beginning of the winter, and they surprisingly fit fairly well – except for the front fork mounting.
I think that the MTB fork is proportioned so it can be replaced with a suspension fork, and is longer than strictly necessary: my front fender does the whole 'point-at-the-sky' thing at the front. I tried the Fender Flute thing but it was far too wide for the inside of the fork.
Can anyone suggest a piece of hardware that I can use to get that sucker further down? I'm picturing probably a long slotted bracket that's narrow enough to fit into the fork crown (either before or after filing/grinding down), but I'm not sure where to look.
2013 Kona Jake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 1999 Kona Muni Mula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker
I made a DIY piece to handle this on a Muirwoods 29er I used to have.
This was made from a standard T-bracket I got at the local hardware store covered with black duct tape and a couple of reflector mounting brackets. This depended a bit on being able to push the bracket pretty far up into the fork crown, but if you can't do that you might be able to just cut a piece off of it.
Nice. I don't need quite so much space, which is the problem I've found with the hardware store stuff I've found so far - all the holes are located pretty far apart, like 1.5"+ centers, when I need maybe another ½" to 1" extension to get it down reasonably far.
I've only tried big-box stores so far, though - I'll try some smaller shops and maybe an LBS to see if they've got some spare bits.