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 <email@example.com>
> 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  wrote> >
> > 1. Are these in fact road bikes both chaps are
> > with the forks spun round?
> > 2. If not, was there some kind of British (or
> > marque) track bike built with reverse-curve forks?
> > 3. If they are road bikes, was it a common
> > for clubmen to spin their forks round like this
> > racing on the track?
> > 4. Have any of you ever seen, heard of, or
> > 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
> > stability, steering, etc.?
> > In retrospect it certainly is conceivable to me
> > many an amateur clubman would not be wealthy
> enough to
> > afford separate road and track mounts, and that
> > idea of fork reversal might be appealing to them,
> > I'd never considered it before and this practice
> > to me, anyway, a revelation.
> > Cheerio to all,
> > Peter Jourdain
> > Wondering in Whitewater, Wisconsin