Bike Friday, Raleigh Twenty, 'CyclePro' 3-speed, Mongoose hybrid
need help finding a fork
I'm looking for a 20" fork with a long uncut steerer 1" diameter. I understand these are common for use on recumbents - but I am looking for it for my old Raleigh Twenty folder. I haven't been too successful finding something this specific. My price range is under $150. I'd like a suspension fork, but I'm flexible. Used would be a bonus. Any ideas?
"The stock fork is of mediocre quality, but serviceable. I improved the handlning of my fixed-gear Twenty had a Haro BMX fork with an extended steerer.
Note that if you replace the fork, you'll also need to replace the handlebar stem, because the stock stems have no expander/wedge to secure them to a standard fork. The skinny 120 psi Continental tires on my fixed-gear twenty were too jarring in the small wheel size, and, though this bike was quite fast for a folder, I found myself rarely riding it, due to the harsh, uncomfortable ride. I recently solved that problem by installing an SR suspension fork. It made all the difference, and since then this bike has been getting regular use. This fork also features cantilever braze ons, enabling me to install a Shimano V-Brake.
This fork has a long, threadless steerer, but not long enough to use with a threadless headset/stem on a Twenty. Fortunately, the steerer is steel, and of standard wall thickness, so I was able to thread it. With a threaded headset, there's actually a bit more than enough room, but rather than cut it down, I installed a spacer between the locknut and the adjustable race."