|Pre Crash Sept 2018|
I tried 3 more recommended shops/builders and got the polite brush off each time except for the shop that didn't even respond. The last one, however, made a suggestion I hadn't thought of, a shop that used to be local to me but had moved to a cheaper neighborhood, Aaron's Bike Shop. The owner is a bit of character and not everyone's cup of tea, but say what you will he is a master mechanic. I reached out and got a positive response that yes they could add threads and it would cost $25. Sold! I stopped by after work last week and was in and out in 5 minutes. Amazing what you can do with the correct tools and know how. You can see the slightly shinier new threads above.
I had to check and see if it worked of course, even though I had marked it carefully before taking it the shop, and viola the headset snugged right up. I might need some spacers for the extra length but one problem at a time.
I had decided that I wanted to ride the bike with both forks back to back to really test how it felt. To that end I dug deep in my parts bin and discovered some XT cantis I had from about 5 years ago when I parted out an early 90s MTB for a friend. To speed the swapping fork process I mounted them to the Passage fork and tested that they would work.
The original re-bent fork went back in and I measured the threads that were showing after I threaded on the top race - 1 cm.
The Cresta was ready to go with the rescued fork and immediately it confirmed my original feeling -twitchy especially at low speeds. In my 2.5 mile test ride I really felt the need to grip the handlebars securely, It rode fine but just felt different, exactly what I had experienced when I first rode it after the fork was fixed.
With the passage fork I had 3 cm of threads showing for a 2 cm delta between forks. The spacers I bought when I upgraded the Cresta headset are about to come in handy.
The spacers allowed me to get everything snugged up without showing any threads, The rubber seal is a bit askew but its fine for test purposes.
All ready to go, having the extra brakes mounted helped but of course I still had to fiddle with them to get them dialed in. And in the first few pedal strokes up the slight incline I could feel it... not twitchy! I think this might work. And I as I rode on over the same route it seemed like the bike adsorbed the bumps and ruts better, the increased fork rake or just my imagination? Anyway I liked the replacement fork and was very glad I actually got to use it.
A progression of shots in roughly the same place
Sept 2018 pre crash
May 2019 Post crash after forks were fixed
May 2019 The Crest-age
For one short ride I am happy with result and in my normal rush ahead fashion I am thinking of how I could paint the fork white when I am house sitting next weekend and also how I could get the steer tube trimmed by 1 cm, BUT, I want to ride it more and do more than 2.5 miles before I go down that path. It looks a bit odd with the mismatched blue but its not hideous and it has, I think, got back its stately ride.
Ride. Don't accept the No's. Smile. Repeat.