Ya, this winter has been brutal.
The winter that I build a new bike would be the longest winter ever. It figures.
One here. Finishing touches coming soon.
Even though I don't have 100% use of my left leg, I can lay down some pretty monstrous torque with my right (when I have to) and usually spin like a gerbil on crack instead of trying to mash those pedals with one good leg.
I've installed countless brakes on I805TR forks and that's not the case with that particular fork (which is the one we're talking about here).
I've also never seen a fork with a crown so thick where the mounting bolt on a common front brake isn't long enough to extend inside. Ever.
This all is strange to me because it doesn't seem like the size of the fork would determine whether this was a problem or not. I don't trust my novice understanding on all this, but having gone to multiple shops and seen for myself how the brakes didn't fit I don't really know what to do next. I contacted Leader, but haven't gotten a reply (probably because it's a stupid question).
Could something be wrong with the brake shoes I have?
Also, a recessed nut was supposed to have come with the fork? I guess I missed it and threw it away.
Installing brakes is pretty hard. (sarcasm)
All brake calipers come with a couple of serrated washers ("spacers", as you're calling them) to be installed between the caliper and your fork specifically to keep the caliper aligned and prevent your pads from making contact with your fork, like so:
Sounds like you may need to find a new bike shop too.
Thanks for the help. It does sound like I need a new bike shop.