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    Cutting fork steerer tube

    I'm about ready to install a new fork and am not sure that I should invest in Park's saw guide to cut the tube. Has anyone used other alternatves, and with what results?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato
    I'm about ready to install a new fork and am not sure that I should invest in Park's saw guide to cut the tube. Has anyone used other alternatves, and with what results?

    Thanks!
    I use a tubing cutter, available at any hardware store. Some people don't like to use them cause they work by displacement and can slightly flair the tube. But if you take your time and tighten in small increments this won't be a problem.

    And remebmer, you can always cut more off later but you can't add back on.
    Lotusfinger

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    I have used

    an old stem. Just clamp it on a hair below where you want to cut. If you'r e off a little just use a file to even it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato
    I'm about ready to install a new fork and am not sure that I should invest in Park's saw guide to cut the tube. Has anyone used other alternatves, and with what results?

    Use an automotive hoseclamp as a guide and hacksaw it. File smooth and chanfer edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato
    I'm about ready to install a new fork and am not sure that I should invest in Park's saw guide to cut the tube. Has anyone used other alternatves, and with what results?

    Thanks!
    I have used the following methods with success: Piece of tape, pipe cutter, an old stem, Park saw guide.

    Pipe cutter took a while, I'd rather use a hack saw.

    As long as you are careful, work slow, and can stay on course, a piece of tape as a guide works just fine.

    The old stem trick, personally I thought it was easier just using a piece of tape.

    Using the Park guide makes the task simple, fast, accurate, and brainless.

    How many forks do you plan on cutting in your lifetime? The guide is $25. All things considered, it is worth it to me.

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    Thanks for the feedback. It's worth $25 for the saw guide to get it right the first time. Measure twice and cut once!

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