The first 26” version seemed to work OK based on the short street ride I did. Still plan on doing version #2 with a 20” fork to adjust the rake or offset down.The most important part of fork experiments is riding it...
Thanks! More color to come, just takes time. I need to do a bit of sanding on the frame to remedy a run, then another coat and some accents and darts.The color is looking great on there. I really like the fork experiment, so cool. Great build!
The elements of your main question have been running through my mind as I’ve worked through this. My initial tests with the first version with the exaggerated offset and Trail seemed to work OK.The geometry of this looks okay to me. My main question is the lateral stability and tracking, and especially in turns. That's why I was wondering about incorporating another fork, or some round tubes in the design. Bolting round tubes together can work quite well, as per @SwissGuy 's swing build in Class II.
The 1” threadless headset I think gave me more concern than the rest so far. I’d like to get the paint wrapped up, but the weather keeps throwing me a curve. Trike-Tor and Basket-Case weren’t really good riders, hopefully the CamelBack rides better. I just have this desire to think outside the box with these rat rod builds, to me that’s the spirit of rat rodding. Thanks!Full speed ahead! Can't wait to see how this works out!
Thank you, more paint to come. I think the current geometry may workout. We‘ll see soon enough. The mechanics of this are starting to gel. Still need to evaluate the rear wheel.I like the paint job! Been following along and have been curious about the fork geometry, but it seems you have it worked out. I've assumed it's like when I look at a Girvin and think "that ain't right," but there seems to be a method.... and the aesthetic is cool, so, Cool.
Here’s another couple of sleepers to muddy the water:Wow! I like the look / style of that fork. Looks like a Schwinn style bladed fork with maybe a sleeve over it to add stability and to attach the spring assembly. The blade fork would meld with your flat metal pieces and maybe make the transitions easier than the round fork legs.
Also, impressive saw guide tool. Looks very much like the one we use at the shop.