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    Fork Source

    I recently found a nice touring frame sans fork. So I began my quest to find a nice lugged fork to go with it. The problem is the only touring forks I ever see that have cantilever bosses are all unicrown forks, and never have more than one eyelet. So my question is, does any one know a good place to find a nice lugged steel fork, with canti bosses, two sets of eyelets, and the high rise rack mounts. I guess threaded or threadless isn't an issue, I just want to find a fork!

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    http://surlybikes.com/forks.html

    Click on the "long haul trucker" fork icon. It's a popup window so If you have any popup blockers you should temporarily disable them.

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    Great. Thanks for the info. Any ideas of how much they usually go for?

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    You'll need to check if the steerer tube on the Surly fits your frame. I wish it fit mine, but it doesn't...

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    I went down to the LBS today and had them check it out in the catalog, and they said after they add on a bunch to make a profit it would cost around $100. I'm definitely shopping around online first.


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    You'll need to check if the steerer tube on the Surly fits your frame. I wish it fit mine, but it doesn't...
    I've never had a threadless fork/headset before, but I think I know what I'm up against. And I'll definitely have to do a lot more research before buying a fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CampyGuy
    I went down to the LBS today and had them check it out in the catalog, and they said after they add on a bunch to make a profit it would cost around $100. I'm definitely shopping around online first.
    Well, aebike has it for $64+ shipping. And If you don't know what you're doing, then you'll have to pay a bike shop to cut the steerer, seat the crown race and install the fork. And you need a new headset and stem.

    I've never had a threadless fork/headset before, but I think I know what I'm up against. And I'll definitely have to do a lot more research before buying a fork.
    First find out if your frame takes is 1" diameter or 1 1/8" diameter fork. If it's the former, start looking for a different fork.

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    You also need to check the fork height, they are usually pretty well within the range on anything 700c/touring, still. Since your frame does not have a fork currently yu may need to mock up the height.

    http://parts.spicercycles.com/page.cfm?PageID=37

    You can search a wide range of parameters within a catagory.

    You don't need 2 eyelets, it's a throwback to when a lot of fenders had a top wire, rarely seen these days. Though most frames with a mid height BO will have them anyway.

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    I know I don't need two eyelets, but what's the harm, I want to give myself as many options as possible.
    I know this is kind of a dumb question, but I didn't find anything on Sheldons site, but if the frame was meant for a threaded fork am I limited to a 1" threadless fork?

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    What frame is it?

    They have the cross check fork in 1" threadless as well.

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    There isn't any downside to 2 eyelets as long as you can find what you are looking for, which is: size, threading, offset, height, style, purpose, brake, etc... dependant, so you don't need too many irrelvancies to cloud the issue, thought in your case side fork eyelet pretty much goes with 2 drop eyelets, though that may not be the case for someone else with a similar question.

    "but if the frame was meant for a threaded fork am I limited to a 1" threadless fork?"

    There were also 1.125" threaded forks, on moutain bikes, etc... So you need to match whichever to whatever you have.

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    The problem is it never had a fork, at least when I got it, so I don't know the lenght or size. But I'm pretty sure it had a 1" threaded(just going on gut instict). It's an old Panasonic Touring Deluxe BTW. I have seen the cross check fork, and right now that is sort of my fall back plan, if I can't find the fork I really want, that's probably what I'll get. I'm also thinking of just having one made or making one myself, but I know that would cost a lot of clams.

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    Are you going to be switching to 700C wheels or using the stock 27" wheel size?

    Here's a Raleigh fork that will work for 27"

    http://cgi.ebay.com/RALEIGH-Steel-Th...QQcmdZViewItem

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    I haven't really decided yet, I'll probably decide once I find a fork, because I have some brakes that are very versatile. That fork would work, but I need cantilever brakes, and preferably better dropouts and more eyelets. Funny thing is, I have a Raleigh Gran Prix with that exact same fork, same color and everything.

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