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    Default Question for Framebuilders: adding length to steerer tube

    Posting this question for a friend whose LBS wrench just made a weensie mistake. Thought there would be some good feedback from the crowd here:

    I took a Kogswell threadlless 1 and 1/8" fork to my LBS to install and the mechanic cut it too short. It will not fit even a stem. No cheap and easy replacement low-trail Kogswell forks are available.

    The mechanic was very apologetic, and has offered to have a friend add an extension of the necessary 4-5cm, or to weld on a new steer tube if that won't work.

    This bike is a gift for my wife, and I'm concerned about safety (as anyone would). Does this sound normal and safe? The "friend" does repairs for Joe Bell, or so I'm told.
     

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    I wouldn't do it.
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    As a long time shop wrench I can saw we've all done that, or something similar, and you just suck it up. Tell them they need to get you a new fork ASAP. If you're going to be a pro you need to know when you've screwed the pooch and take care of the problem.

    Oh there are ways and reasons to extend steerers but this fork isn't a reason to do it.
     

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    no way jose
    get a new fork and find a new mechanic

    4-5 cms?
    what the hell is the guy doing?
     

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    Even pros make mistakes. What makes them pro is how they handle it. Get a new fork.

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    Cut the head tube down! Just kidding.

    Likely he sized it WITHOUT taking into account stack height of headset/spacers ?

    New fork please.
     

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    i don't know anything about framebuilding or kogswell, but can the shop send the fork back to them and have the entire steerer tube replaced ?

    if not, then have the shop get some pro deal on a new one.

    say no to the 'repair'
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    The mechanic was very apologetic
    That's because he knows the new fork is coming out of his check.
     

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    If your wife has teeth, and wants to keep them, then you need a new fork.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cny rider View Post
    If your wife has teeth, and wants to keep them, then you need a new fork.
    don't screw with my retirement fund.

    i plan on selling my hockey mouth pc collection.
     

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    ah, the old "my friend" has a problem scenario...

    -g
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantM View Post
    ah, the old "my friend" has a problem scenario...

    -g
    "Not that there is anything wrong with that"

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    you should buy my fork fixture and move to portland. problem solved.

    http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum...ad.php?t=12075
     

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    Dustin,

    You appear to be a magnet for mechanic fuck ups. Or a performance artist.
    GO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davids View Post
    Dustin,

    You appear to be a magnet for mechanic fuck ups. Or a performance artist.
    You might be confusing me with "-Dustin"? I'm the guy without the dash, but his choice of screen name has led to confusion both here and across the hall, atmo, ergo, ipso facto.

    And for the record, if it were me, I'd have no qualms about posting the question directly. Once my friend actually gets his account up and running, I would expect that he will chime in.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    You might be confusing me with "-Dustin"? I'm the guy without the dash, but his choice of screen name has led to confusion both here and across the hall, atmo, ergo, ipso facto.

    And for the record, if it were me, I'd have no qualms about posting the question directly. Once my friend actually gets his account up and running, I would expect that he will chime in.
    Ahhh, the new dura ace was pretty high zoot for a Kogswell, anyway.
     

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    And while I have everyone's attention, I have this friend who thinks he might be gay . . .
     

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    cut it 3 times and it was still too short.

    that fork might work, on a smaller bike. but it won't work on the bike for which it was intended.
     

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    i was going to sign up as
    --dustin
    but you ruined my plans/
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    You might be confusing me with "-Dustin"? I'm the guy without the dash, but his choice of screen name has led to confusion both here and across the hall, atmo, ergo, ipso facto.

    And for the record, if it were me, I'd have no qualms about posting the question directly. Once my friend actually gets his account up and running, I would expect that he will chime in.
    Yeah, I did. Apologies!

    ...maybe your mechanic's name is -Dustin?
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