Unless your bearings are totally wrecked, there shouldn't be much torque from the spinning wheel. Just grip a wheel by the axle and give it a spin, what litle torque there is wouldn't matter much to a piece of steel like that. Some of the other ends have even larger holes manufactured right into them.
That being said, It does look weird. I wonder if this was a "factory" drilling, or someones best plan to mount a fender? It looks like an older bike to my not so experienced eye, so it could be either I think.
Steve Birmingham Lowell, Ma
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 10:29:45 -0400 From: "Dennis Ryan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Subject: RE: [CR] Bike Cult Site , drilled fork tips Message-ID: <NFBBIJNIHBIKKMHJBHEIGEMBIOAA.firstname.lastname@example.org> In-Reply-To: <00b401c33348$271734c0$e64efea9@oemcomputer> Content-Type: text/plain;charset="iso-8859-1" MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Precedence: list Message: 10
I don't recall ever seeing a Campagnolo (or any) fork tip drilled for fenders like the one on the Bike Cult site (http://bikecult.com/works/dropouts.html) ... Maybe I'm just squeamish, but I don't like the look of it. I know that's a strong area, and a Schwinn fork to boot, but it also receives very high stress. Wouldn't the torque from the spinning wheel tend to compress that very area? And that's not considering the additional stress of bumps, etc. Not that I'd ever do it, but what if one came across such a frame? It just seems like one of the less intelligent places to drill a hole on a bicycle.