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Could this be the "death fork" on my Viscount?

Old 11-28-10, 05:50 PM
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Could this be the "death fork" on my Viscount?

Hello Forum world, So just by looking, can you tell if this is the infamous death fork?

https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...bert_fork.html

I've been reading up on these old Viscount bikes & I'm guessing mine is around a 76 or so. I don't see any serial #... Any guesses?

I've read a bit on these bikes & it seems they were quite the rage in the 70s. I have enjoyed mine & I actually rode across South Carolina on it back in June. Funny videos of the trip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWpkUhMDiSQ

Here are the pics.





Thanks so much for any help / comments...

take a look at my tumblr I just started too if you get a sec.

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If I only went off the pics you posted I'd say yes.
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Also, does anyone know how to pull this B B out? I have no clue except to take off the ring and bang it through the other side with a hammer, though I'd rather not jump into beating it to death without seeing if anyone could lend a suggestion.





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The BB is press-fit. I assume they were standard bearings, that info should be easy to find

The fork in your pictures is the death fork
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thanks Unterhausen. I'll look up how to get the BB out! thanks!

I guess I'll be changing that fork out then!

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thanks Unterhausen. I'll look up how to get the BB out! thanks!

I guess I'll be changing that fork out then!

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Ah... I see you've been here already. Nice find!
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Old 11-28-10, 07:36 PM
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Lots of good info on replacing the BB bearings here:

https://bikecult.com/works/parts/bbViscount.html

The steps are to remove the spindle circlips and then pound out the spindle and bearings with a big rubber mallet. A bench vise is pretty necessary to hold the BB shell in place. You can then re-install new bearings with the bench vise as well. The cartridge bearings are cheap and easily found (about $5/ea). The spindles had a reputation for snapping at the circlip, but I've re-used them without a problem. They are difficult to replace at a reasonable price.

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Why did they use a press-in BB? Seems worse than having a frame with a french threaded bb. Well I guess before the productions of new french BB cups anyways.

123mm spindle, ouch.

How much abouts do these frames weigh anyway? Is that "Aircraft" tubing super light, seat post size?
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They are not crazy light, my 22" frame weighs in at 5.02 lbs. The seat post looks like a 26.4 but that was measured with calipers, not a graduated seat post.

I don't mind the BB, it doesn't take special tools to service and the bearings (now at least) are easy to find, cheap and last a long time. They are a lot like Phil BB's without the interior shell. The spindles are the problem but I found a stash of spindles that fit so I'm good for a long time.

Back OT, +1 on the 'death fork'. There were several styles used before they were recalled and I'm not sure which style this is but it is one of them.
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I replaced the spindle on my Lambert with a Phil spindle in the late '70s. I also have an early Klein bike that uses the same pressed in BB idea with the 6003 bearings. So the early Klein spindles will also fit the Viscount and Lambert bikes.
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