Re: [CR]REVERSING FORKS OUT FOR TRACKRACING??!! NOW, MOTOR-PACED BIKES?


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Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 10:58:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peter Jourdain <pjourdain@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]REVERSING FORKS OUT FOR TRACKRACING??!! NOW, MOTOR-PACED BIKES?
To: Scott Peterson <bobbycorno@bendbroadband.com>, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <00c901c5c841$d145f720$6401a8c0@ScottPeterson>


Thanks so much, Scott--

Ah-ha! I have no doubt that you're right (unless others can contradict). But to be honest with you, I didn't know there were special bikes for motor-pacing, except for those special rigs set up to smash speed records, etc. So all this is new to me, and very fascinating. Tell me, Scott--or anyone--who were some of the manufacturers of motor-paced bikes? Did many of the regular British makes build such steeds?

Peter Jourdain Seeing the light, in Whitewater, Wisconsin

--- Scott Peterson <bobbycorno@bendbroadband.com>
wrote:


> Those look like motor-pace bikes to me. Note the

> small front wheel and

> reversed fork, both intended to get the rider closer

> to his pacer and get a

> better draft.

>

> Scott Peterson

> Bend, OR

> ----- Original Message -----

> Peter Jourdain [edit] wrote> >

> > 1. Are these in fact road bikes both chaps are

> riding,

> > with the forks spun round?

> >

> > 2. If not, was there some kind of British (or

> other

> > marque) track bike built with reverse-curve forks?

> >

> > 3. If they are road bikes, was it a common

> practice

> > for clubmen to spin their forks round like this

> when

> > racing on the track?

> >

> > 4. Have any of you ever seen, heard of, or

> attempted

> > such a thing before?

> >

> > 5. On the practical level of physics and

> > bio-mechanics, does reversing a fork absolutely

> help a

> > track rider, or is there a trade-off in the area

> of

> > stability, steering, etc.?

> >

> > In retrospect it certainly is conceivable to me

> that

> > many an amateur clubman would not be wealthy

> enough to

> > afford separate road and track mounts, and that

> the

> > idea of fork reversal might be appealing to them,

> but

> > I'd never considered it before and this practice

> is,

> > to me, anyway, a revelation.

> >

> >

>
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pjourdain/detail?.dir=/a4b4&.dnm=743f.jpg&.src

> =ph

> >

> > Cheerio to all,

> >

> > Peter Jourdain

> > Wondering in Whitewater, Wisconsin