[CR]Fork bend

(Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley)

Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2002 07:20:16 -0400
From: <LouDeeter@aol.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Fork bend

Whew, 26 emails CR emails overnight and half of them were worse than the smut emails that I delete based on the title! Back to bicycles. I think we discussed before, but does the way the fork is bent affect the ride if the fork tips end up with the same rake and trail? Example, I have a bike, RML, that has what I understand is called a quarter bend as all of the bend is in the lower 25% of the blades. Most of my forks are more of what would be called a half bend I suppose as the bend starts about halfway down the blade. And, then there are those that bend backward like the one Ray Etherton showed at Cirque. And I suppose that one must include the straight forks. Anybody have a clue whether the bend itself affects the ride or is it the overall effect of the rake and trail? Lou Deeter, Orlando FL