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    • CommentAuthorGHOSTS
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    Hi all here my situation i just got my new upgrade stratos keirin frame. Now i have a big problem i need to drill the front break hole in the fork , i have done it before on my mates bike for him and it worked all well but this time no my bike the crown is alot less room to drill. I have to run a break as i have been fined before not having one and if i hit someone they can charge me for not having a break any way im am NOT going to put one of the ugly clamp breaks on it so i must drill.I dont want a new fork as the frame and fork is beautiful.

    here is my options so far
    1/ there is 10mm play room and the bolt is 5mm thick so really 3mm on the bottom and 2 mm on the top of the bolt left if that makes sense is that going to be strong enough to hold
    2/ 10mm play room get the last half of the bolt turned thiner say to 3.5mm so then it gives me more room to play with

    i am building my dream bike now so i cant take no drilling for an answer so can any experts engineers out there please please help me with this as im fucked if i cant do it.
    the frame is a stratos frame columbus also if that helps
    • CommentAuthorBen Hittle
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    The keirin clamp-on brakes are no uglier than any front brake. I would definitely rather use one of those than drill the fork.
    • CommentAuthorwes m.
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    The solutions I would choose in the order I would choose them:

    1) Try to find another fork thats already drilled, save the stock for for track and for potentially reselling the frameset

    2) Use a keirin brake

    3) Get the fork drilled at a good bike shop

    4) Get my machinist friend to drill it for me

    5) Drill it myself

    6) Get the fork drilled at a bad bike shop
    • CommentAuthorparkman14
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    Get a clamp on.
    Posted By: parkman14Get a clamp on.

    that is also what she said.

    /constructive post
    • CommentAuthorcyciumx
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    Those clamp-ons don't look bad at all....don't drill it! Respect its natural beauty mutha*****!?!?! ha ha ha
    Drill it?! Crazy mofo. Lol
    You could put on a rear brake.

    Of course, with a brake lever mounted on the chainstay.
    • CommentAuthorawer1
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    you will find the clearance is so tight on the fork that you may not be able to find a brake with super short reach. just put a nice road fork and leave the keirin ones be and don't fuck them up or you'll go to hell.
    you shouldn't have bought a non-drilled track bike if you were planning on doing this...
    • CommentAuthorLegislator
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Take some measurements, get a center punch, and drill that fork. I would be less confident about drilling the rear, where there is far less room for error.

    As soon as you drill it then you don't get a ticket for being brakeless and silly and it just makes everyone else's small japanese man racing bikes worth more, plus you can piss off purists....its win freakin win baby!
    • CommentAuthorGHOSTS
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Thanks for all the feed back, so it looks like it's going to be clamp on which I don't want,
    with the clamp on how do they work I have seen some pictures with these on bikes and there got scratches all down the fork from the clamp , is this normal does the clamp move around I just don't want to scratch the paint at all that's why I was againt it , it looks like it slides up the fork to get it on.
    • CommentAuthorbionnaki
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    I dont know anything about those clamps, but I assume you can put a little electrical tape underneath to avoid scratches.
    • CommentAuthorGHOSTS
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Yes that's what I was thinking and as my frame is white I might paint the clamps white so it blends in.
    • CommentAuthorjayohachen
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    • CommentAuthorGHOSTS
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Thanks for the link will start reading it
    • CommentAuthorGHOSTS
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Is any one able to do me a favor and measure the center of the bolt that holds it all togeather straight down to the top of the metal clamp as I read that they don't all fit cause the lugs are in the way has anyone put a brake on the fork on the first page. I can't get my hands on a clamp to make sure it fits before I buy on the net. The tube is round also
    • CommentAuthorparkman14
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    You can get dia compe gran compe keirin brakes (clamp on) in like any color on

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