Saturday, March 5, 2011

Here come ol' flat top

Fashion takes many turns in the world of frame building and eventually, stuff that was hip around 30 years ago comes back. In this case, it is the semi-sloping fork crown. This particular edition is a modern casting from Long Shen so it is quite a bit easier to work with but a bit more chunky than the original Cinelli unit. With a little belt sanding and filing the crown can be made to look like this.....more to my liking, anyway. With a crown such as this, the silver solder is coiled up and placed inside the fork. External heat causes the silver to flow out and completely fill the joint from the inside. I guess this is why forks I built 25-30 years ago are still in use....or at least, not broken !

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