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Old 01-22-12, 08:46 PM
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Cycling etiquette for backwards fork rder?

What is the proper etiquette when you see a cruiser rider with the fork on backwards at a light?

1) Point & Laugh- probably bad

2) Mention the error and give the steps to fix- most likely a pointless exercise.

3) Wave and smile inwardly- coward's way out.

4) Take a picture and post on BF- didn't have a camera.

Guy was happy riding it that way. Looked to be a new bike. Good chance he got it for Christmas.
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Maybe he turned it that way for quicker handling?
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I'd go for #2 - at least I wish someone had mentioned it to me. On my first tour with my Bike Friday I was a bit rushed while assembling it in Oxford with a homeless guy watching and offering a few comments. So I somehow overlooked the fact that I had put the handlebars on with the fork facing the wrong way. Everything worked fine and the handling was just a little more stable than usual - i.e. reluctant to turn. But later when I had to make a sudden stop in traffic I noticed that the back wheel was quick to lift off the ground. That's when I stopped to check things over and discovered my assembly error.
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Where did you see this guy? might have been me I was riding my hybrid around after christmas time and put it together real quick without paying attention so the fork got on backwards, fixed it 2 days after so it's good now.
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel
4) Take a picture and post on BF- didn't have a camera.
Nice of you to think of the safety of your fellow riders. Next time, please employ like thoughtfulness toward your fellow BFers.

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Saw a backwards fork on a BSO locked outside a business a few weeks ago. When I came out, I was about to talk to the owner who was in the process of unlocking it when I noticed the NDS crank arm was hanging from one of the brake levers. I figured he had more issues to deal with than the fork so I kept on going.
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel
2) Mention the error and give the steps to fix- most likely a pointless exercise.
This is what I did. I even did the repair for the rider, who was grateful.
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Point and laugh
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Nice of you to think of the safety of your fellow riders. Next time, please employ like thoughtfulness toward your fellow BFers.

My cell phone camera is worthless, and my digital compact took a trip through the washer and dryer. I'm sure another opportunity will present itself.
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