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post #1 of 37 Old 03-02-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys, how are you compressing your forks with a strap? I keep trying to do it on the 10, but it's not compressing a lot.

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post #2 of 37 Old 03-02-2012, 01:50 PM
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A fat chic??? Good question tho, cause I always wonder how they get the to compress so much. Ratchet it down on the handle bars somehow?
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Can I just get the 2 out of your avatar? lol. I dunno. Its got a cam buckle so Im supposed to be able to just pull and push on the front and itll compress. Mine dont compress that much though.

Anybody?? Need to know for the strip tonight. Just got them setup last night

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BE CAREFUL...

Sit on the bike, grab the strap with your left hand and pull on it slightly, start rolling the bike forward, grab the front brake and pull on the strap at the same time...

Like I said BE CAREFUL


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what am I being careful for specifically? Like, is there something other than the obvious (dropping the bike, smacking plastics with the buckle, punching myself in the face by losing my grip on the strap? haha) I should be worried about?

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Just dropping the bike because you have to hit the brakes pretty good to get it to compress the forks.


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way cool, I will give that a try. I figured I would be able to do the same thing via pushing the bars. No dice. thank you mucho!!

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You just gotta be careful not to drop the bike as you only have one hand on the bars. When I used to ride the bike to the track, I would find a fellow bike racer to help me. I would hold the front brake and bounce the front suspension while they pull the strap tight. If I don't have any help, I'll hold the front brake and bounce the front end while pulling tight with my left hand. Usually not as effective but gets it sucked down quite a bit. Now that I haul the bike to the track, I just throw the strap on before I let out the tie downs.
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Dude its not that serious! As long as your strap is in good shape it'll be fine. Hell mine has been freyed since I put it on 6 years ago and it still works like a champ. You really have 3 options. 1. sit hold your front brake and pull your strap as you push the front down with your right hand on the bar. 2. Have a friend help you. I have a friend sit on mine and hold the front brake and pull the strap as I pull down the front end. option 3 works GREAT as long as your careful. I usually do it after I tech especially if i'm by myself. I just get goin, grab my strap with my left hand, get where no gravel or anything is, and grab your front brake and pull your strap. Of course you need to let off your front brake after, so make sure you carry enough speed to be able to grab your brake enough to get your strap tight, but still have enough speed to not wobble. Just remember don't grab a BUNCH of front brake, it doesn't take that much, especially if your pullin your strap pretty good too..
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cooooo!! I will let you guys know how this goes after tonight. If I drop it, Im gonna negative rep all of you! just messin. love you guys!! hahaha thanks again.

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