Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gabriel's Eurospeciale


Gabriel is one of the Bike Works Earn-a-Bike kids and he's worked very hard refurbishing bikes for other kids. Now, he's working on a super cool bike of his own, but he's run into a problem and we don't have the needed bit here at Bike Works. I'm turning over my blog to him for a bit so he can explain the problem. Maybe one of you kind folks out in cyberspace have just the bit Gabriel is looking for. Take it away Gabriel!

Hello “Kent's Bike Blog” Readers!

My name is Gabriel and I go to Bike Works for the youth programs. I am nine years old. I love bikes a lot. My favorite thing is the feeling when you finish building a bike and take it out on the road for the first time.

I am working on a smaller than usual road bike, an Italian Eurospecial for myself to ride. I have been wanting a road bike for my entire life as a cyclist. This bike is awesome because it is vintage and has a whole bunch of really cool bike parts on it. The bike comes from far away, it is Italian!

Unfortunately, it has a bent fork and I am wondering if you can help me find a replacement fork that isn't broken. It has to be compatible with a 24” road wheel. I am building this bike out of parts that have been donated to Bike Works, if you have a fork you could donate to my special project, please email Kent ( kentsbike (at) gmail.com).

Thanks, I really appreciate your help!

Gabriel


Here's a bit more info about what's needed. The fork should have a 1inch steerer tube six at least 6 inches long (we can cut it down if needed). Threaded is best but we could make a threadless fork work by going to a different headset. A fork out of a Terry bicycle or one of the old time trial bikes with the 24" front wheel would be perfect. It's a long shot, but does anybody out there have such a thing kicking around? Gabriel has a budget of about zero dollars for this and Bike Works runs on shoestrings we make out of bits of other shoestrings, so I'm happy to put my blog to work on this quest. If you've got a fork that will help Gabriel out, please let me know.

Thanks,

Kent
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