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Martin Heckscher

Hi Maurice,

I have attached the girder fork maintenance notes from an old Pearson guide, it happens to be the Velocette edition, but the subject is covered well and tells you everything you need to know when it comes to looking after your girders.

You will find that adjusting the spindles is very much a case of trial and error, because to gauge what you have done, after each adjustment you must tighten both nuts before checking the washers, and you may well have to do this several times before achieving the desired result. The difference between right and wrong is only a few degrees. It will become much more straightforward after you’ve done it a few times.

Please particularly note the “maintaining your girder fork” paragraph on page 124 (on copy #2) – initially back off the friction dampers to allow the fork to work properly, and then dial them back in small increments, noting the difference each time when you bounce the forks up and down. As Bob Burgess (the author) says “the fork must be allowed to work”!

Let us know how you get on!


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