Old 03-12-18, 05:11 PM
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Fork conversion from threadless to threaded?

I have a newish Long Haul Trucker 26--it's my youngest bike by about 30 years--and I want to convert it from a threadless to a threaded fork (the "why" isn't relevant to my question here, but I have my reasons.)

I thought this would be fairly simple to do by starting with the original fork, cutting off the original steerer, and brazing on a threaded one, either purchased new or taken from a donor bike. I approached a great framebuilder who has done similar projects for me in the past, but was told that his insurance will no longer allow him to modify parts built by others.

Well, okay--the lawyers are running roughshod over everything these days. But is there any technical (as opposed to legal) issue that would render such a conversion unfeasible? And who might be willing to take on something like this? A certain Italian-American gentleman on the West Coast comes to mind.

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