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Help! Give me patience.(7 posts)

Help! Give me patience.Len J
Aug 26, 2003 6:21 AM
So I finally decided to "get Fixed". After (for one reason or another) losing out on a few used frames, I decided to order a Gunnar Street Dog from Harris cyclery along with some parts, and put it together with some spare parts I have at home. Well the project has taken on a life of it's own.

So the Frame finally arrives from Harris on Friday (along with the parts) and Lo & was sent with the wrong fork. I had ordered the Street Dog 531 steel fork set up for fenders, and it came with a Profile carbon Fork. I talked to Harris & they immediatly agreed to order the Steel fork, told me I could use the carbon in the meantime, but they didn't want me to cut the fork, because they will sell it used & didn't want to limit the potential buyers.

I built the bike up over the weekend & realized that (because I sized it right), the uncut steerer is 2.5 inches above the stem. I figured that uncut would be no big deal, you know, just put some spacers above the steerer for a few weeks, but 2.5 inches it's almost 6.5 cm of spacers, I don't have that many, let alone the looks. It looks unsafe.

Harris tells me the new fork (Painted to match the frame), will be in thier shop around the 3rd of Sept. I am going to the Outer Banks next week for vacation and wanted to take the fixie to ride several days and get used to it. Now I don't know what to do.

I realize I'm whining, but I figured you guys (& gals) would understand the disappointment. I know I should just be patient and wait till it's perfect, but the little voice keeps saying "Cut the damn fork, Cut the damn fork."

What would you do.


BTW, Harris has been great, no complaints at all.
Find an el' cheapo fork locally???biknben
Aug 26, 2003 6:36 AM
That's a bummer. I'd go to a few LBSs nearby and see if they have something in their used parts bin that won't set you back too much. Forget color, looks, etc. If it fits, take it.

I hate to say, I also be tempted to cut the existing steerer and then claim ignorance. It's a crappy thing to do but sometimes you do what you have to. I guess it depends on how pissed you are.

Is it non-threaded? If so you could use a negative stem angle (flip stem) and put some spaceers beneath the stem. It would still be goofy but less noticable.

The stem police will send out an APB if you go out with that much steerer
i above
your stem. :-)

I had a similar experience with Harris. I ordered a flip/flop wheel with an axle swap and respacing. All I got was the wheel. They didn't swap the axle (to QR) or accomodate my spacing requirement. They offered apologies but I ended up having to swap the axle myself.
Want to borrow the fork from my Street Dog?MB1
Aug 26, 2003 6:45 AM
Or the whole darn thing? 58cm frame set up for canti's (I could loan you them too). I probably won't be riding fixed for a few more weeks.
Thanks.........Len J
Aug 26, 2003 7:04 AM
I may take you up on that.

The only problem is how do I get it from you? I get back into BWI around 7:30pm thursday & we ar leaving sometime Saturday afternoon..........

Thanks for the offer. I'll let you know by e-mail if I want to persue. Thanks

re: Help! Give me patience.JS Haiku Shop
Aug 26, 2003 7:12 AM
I would be patient, take a different bike on the trip, and think twice about giving Harris my business in the future. IMHO. I know your Harris experience was a good one, but some of their prices are outrageous for internet/mail order, leaving their draw with customer service and unique products. Attention to detail is very important, especially with "big ticket" items such as this.

The bike will not expire or wilt while you're gone. Be patient and enjoy it that much more upon your return. "Wanting a thing is often much more pleasing than having a thing."


put spacers above the stem?tarwheel
Aug 26, 2003 7:48 AM
It may look dorky, but you can put some of the spacers above the stem and limit the amount between the headset and stem. Also, does the Profile fork have a carbon steerer, steel or aluminum? If carbon, you don't want to use it with 6.5 cm of spacers. But if it's steel or aluminum, that should pose no problems.
It's steel but...........Len J
Aug 26, 2003 8:12 AM
I think you misunderstand. The 6.5 cm of spacers is above the stem after I get it into the fitted position.