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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-12-07, 10:15 AM   #1
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To drill or not to drill?

I just bought a bomber pro frame and I ride with brakes. I've only ever rode fixed gear with a front brake, and I'm used to it. But to put a front brake on the bomber I would have to drill the fork. I've seen the back brakes that require no drilling, but I'm a little unsure about them. Any experiance/ suggestions (besides ditching brakes) would be appriciated.
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could always get a new fork for cheap
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I would avoid drilling. You might want to try and get a new drilled fork. The fork may not be able to structurally handle a brake.
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i'd rather just drill it. I really like it, aesthetics-wise
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Old 08-12-07, 10:20 AM   #5
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I would avoid drilling. You might want to try and get a new drilled fork. The fork may not be able to structurally handle a brake.
have you ever heard of failiures with drilled forks? is it generally considered an dumb idea?
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ok but un-aestheticly it may not be able to handle a brake and the fork could fail.
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i remember a debate (someone got a san rensho frame and was asking if he should get it drilled) on here about how forks that werent drilled for a brake originally bend during the braking process due to it not being reinforced. and others said they didnt notice the difference at all. so you know... whatever
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i dont want to risk failure and death, so i'll say forget drilling- any experiance with only a rear brake on a fixed?
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yesh to dH's pic

here's said front brake discussion, good post to read too. http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...hlight=3rensho

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what is that?!?
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what is that?!?
its that thing you need.
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Old 08-12-07, 10:29 AM   #13
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its that thing you need.
Yea, word. *where* can I get one...
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In japan but they ship to the US. Email them.
http://www.kalavinka-bikes.com/
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You can also pick up a new chrome lugged fork from a variety of sources for fairly cheap.

Here's one, you can probably find more.
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=16879
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