[CR]Re: reversed fork


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From: BobHoveyGa@aol.com
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 17:33:37 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: reversed fork

In a message dated 6/18/03 5:21:43 PM, classicrendezvous-request@bikelist.org writes:
>Looks as though one could take an existing bike with a
>longish wheelbase and turn the fork around to get an idea of
>the differences in handling. I suspect the effects of the
>negative rake would be somewhat confounded by the increased
>height and the change to the head angle. I note that the
>front wheel is smaller than the rear so it might require a
>loaner fork from a post-CR period TT bike. Who's feeling
>adventurous?

Turning the fork around increases directional stability to the point that it can be a bit difficult to steer (the fork is constantly trying to center itself). You can launch a riderless bike with an reversed fork down a gentle incline and it will sail off straight as an arrow and stay upright until it hits something. Saw a neat demo of this effect on a British video on the history of cycling.

Bob Hovey
Columbus, GA