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Old 11-17-09, 08:35 PM
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Sources for Replacement 27" Forks

Ok folks, I have observed that many of you are bike shop owners or workers. I am old and so are my bikes. My new fixed income lifestyle has required replacing unlimited bucks with imagination and creativity in pursuing my cycling interests. This bike is being rehabbed as a commuter and lite trail bike.

Responsible for my health as well as theirs, I am now facing problems in finding good quality replacement parts for my 27" road bikes. To the point, high tensile steel touring forks seem to be getting even harder to find than tires. My local bike shop has come up empty handed after a month of effort with their suppliers. I have located some on line @ $ 26 and painted black. Should you have something gathering dust at a competative price, I will be ready to order, give me a shout.

As an FYI, this is for my crash tested Bianchi Classica frame which remains true. Made in Japan it is an early "Cro Mo production bike". Needs a threaded, 1" threaded steering tube, 27 mm race mount, and 200mm length (though it's final length will be about 150 - 155mm).

Suggestions are welcome.
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Old 11-17-09, 09:06 PM
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Old 11-17-09, 10:29 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.ca/27-27-INCH-CHROME...item439afbff12
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Old 11-18-09, 06:38 AM
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Niagara Cycle Works has 'em for $27 plus shipping. Get the other consumables you need at the same time and save on shipping.

I doubt you will find many fork opportunities in the right size here (accident = bent fork usually). Happens, but again you need the right stem and right length.

Might also try your local (or nearest) bike co-op, they often have stacks of donated donor bikes from which you can remove parts.
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Old 11-18-09, 10:47 AM
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I had to replace a 27 inch fork. My shop got one from QBP catalog, chromed probably made in India? However, it did fit the bike and seems to wrok well. It was not the match for a Motobecane, but easier to find then an original Moto fork...
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J&B Importers still sell a 27" hi-ten fork. (I think it is the exact fork in that ebay auction.) Therefore, any LBS with a J&B account should have no problem getting one. Call around to other shops in your area and I'm sure you can find one that deals with J&B.
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Is that the one that Niagara is offering for $14? Seems like a good deal for the seller.

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=10828
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+1 on the J&B Importers tip. Part number is #27440. I'm 95% positive it is the same fork that Niagara sells for $13.58 plus shipping. If you LBS has fair pricing, they can get it for about the same price as online + shipping.
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Is that the one that Niagara is offering for $14? Seems like a good deal for the seller.
Haha! This look like the same exact fork! I prefer the one at: $13.58

Good link Thanks!
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Problem Solved!

Thank you all for your suggestions. In one visit to Niagara Cycle Works solved two problems and saved bucks! 1. They had the fork I could not get elsewhere; 2. A big surprise was that they also had Michelin World Tour Tires, in stock, so I ordered a pair. Previously, I had expected to order fork and tires from two suppliers with two tack on shipping charges.

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Originally Posted by olliesdad01 View Post
Problem Solved!

Thank you all for your suggestions. In one visit to Niagara Cycle Works solved two problems and saved bucks! 1. They had the fork I could not get elsewhere; 2. A big surprise was that they also had Michelin World Tour Tires, in stock, so I ordered a pair. Previously, I had expected to order fork and tires from two suppliers with two tack on shipping charges.
I just bought the same fork to replace on a panasonic sport 500 that I got in an accident with. how did you end up cutting down the tube to the desired length? self or, took it to a bike shop or what? I'm trying to do it all at home and if all I need is a hacksaw and some good clamps/grips, then I'll be happy. I'd like to hear your experiences on the rehab project, thanks.
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plumbers tubing cutter is the ticket
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Sunlite still sells them. http://sunlitecycling.com/product_de...ment&cl1=FORKS

I don't know of anybody making good 27" forks. I was looking for one a while back. I ended finding one at a bike swap.

I've got a NOS mink blue Ralegh Pro fork for a very small frame in case anybody needs such a thing.
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Originally Posted by avisualperson View Post
I just bought the same fork to replace on a panasonic sport 500 that I got in an accident with. how did you end up cutting down the tube to the desired length? self or, took it to a bike shop or what? I'm trying to do it all at home and if all I need is a hacksaw and some good clamps/grips, then I'll be happy. I'd like to hear your experiences on the rehab project, thanks.
A hacksaw and a file is what I used. Work slowly and carefully and you can get it right. Measure at least twice.
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avisualperson: I've done this before with a hacksaw and some old threaded cones to keep everything aligned. Afterwards, I filed a chamfer on the top of the "new" threads. Seemed to work okay, but it was a low-end fork and I was willing to scrap it to learn.
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