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Old 01-14-07, 10:41 AM   #1
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Drilled keirin fork - where?

Not drilling my fork, oh no. But I'd honestly get a bit more use from my keirin bike if I could swap the fork to one equiped with a brake. Where can I get a drilled fork? Or a used one that can be drilled?

Here's the second catch... It needs an 8.5" long steerer.
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Old 01-14-07, 10:46 AM   #2
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Custom fork from any framebuilder. Then you can get it exactly the way you want it- lugged or welded, straight/curved blades, etc.
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what rake/axle-crown length?
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a-c is 355mm

Not sure on rake. Not so easy to measure on a Sunday morning with my coffee.
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Old 01-14-07, 11:24 AM   #5
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Kalavinka can make a very nice drilled track/keirin fork, I have one. Not sure about pricing for forks, but his custom frames are reasonable.
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if you're gonna get more use from it drilled i'd say just drill it. you're not riding the pro keirin circuit (i assume) anyway, so who cares?
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I agree with this. I find the NJS orthodoxy somewhat tiresome; I drilled out my Samson. It's a much cheaper solution than a custom fork and if you'd "get more use" of your bike, why spend more money (on another fork) just to have the original fork sitting around your apartment, house, garage, whatever?

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with a 355mm a-c you're probably going to need stupidly short-reach brakes if you decide to drill it out
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I agree with this. I find the NJS orthodoxy somewhat tiresome; I drilled out my Samson. It's a much cheaper solution than a custom fork and if you'd "get more use" of your bike, why spend more money just to have the original fork sitting around your apartment, house, garage, whatever?
Then wouldn't it have been even better to have bought the bike with a predrilled fork?
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with a 355mm a-c you're probably going to need stupidly short-reach brakes if you decide to drill it out
Exactley. No plans to drill out fork. Don't worry boys, I ride my bike plenty.

Looked a bit into Kalavinka, but I'm more interested in finding a used or orphan fork somewhere. And not so interested in a custom fork for this frame, as I only have $400 into the frameset. God bless olde e-framebank.
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Then wouldn't it have been even better to have bought the bike with a predrilled fork?
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Then wouldn't it have been even better to have bought the bike with a predrilled fork?
My bike? The Samson? I got it used and undrilled. If I had the option from the outset, sure I'd have it drilled.

As far as my comment about the NJS stuff is concerned, I was making reference the fact that I myself live in New York and ride on the street here; despite owning a Japanese track frame, having a bike that the Japanese track governing body would let me ride in a keirin race is not terribly necessary, even if I understand why some people find the aesthetic appealing. FOR ME, making my bike rideable and useful is important in ways that maintaining some sort of essentialized keirin-ness is not. Make sense?

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Old 01-14-07, 05:06 PM   #14
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Business Cycles has them for their gan well pro bikes.

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Devolution - you can spend a crapload on a custom fork, you can drill your existing fork, or you can get a road fork.

personally, I'd say drill what you have. aesthetically, it makes little difference. hope it all works out.

(ps> if anyone thinks you "ruin" a track bike fork by drilling it, they really need to re-evalutate their priorities.)
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Next up: how to bondo over the brake hole in your drilled fork!
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Why should anyone have an opinion on what someone does with their own bike or in this case fork?
If you want to do it-drill it or have it drilled. A bike that gets ridden is the point of the machine. Gerry
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My bike? The Samson? I got it used and undrilled. If I had the option from the outset, sure I'd have it drilled.

As far as my comment about the NJS stuff is concerned, I was making reference the fact that I myself live in New York and ride on the street here; despite having a Japanese track frame, having a bike that the Japanese track governing body would let me ride in a keirin race is not terribly important, even if I understand why some people find the aesthetic appealing. FOR ME, making my bike rideable and useful is important in ways that maintaining some sort of essentialized keirin-ness is not. Make sense?
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If its a valuable frameset then some people dont want to drill based on that. I guess if i had a rare frameset id reconsider having it drilled. Otherwise just drill. <Only my opinion.
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http://jacobsbicycles.com/

quoted me like 150 for a rediculously complex fork i wanted
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http://jacobsbicycles.com/

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Ditto. When I need something nice and affordable, I'll go to Jacob. Super nice guy. Follows up with calls, etc.
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