[CR]Classic Bent Fork - What to do?

(Example: Framebuilders)

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 22:15:51 -0400
From: "Steven m Johnson" <grisha2@juno.com>
Subject: [CR]Classic Bent Fork - What to do?

Got the Falcon back together, and took it for a ride. Nice ride but it is bent.

When I take my hands off the bar, the fork likes to settle to the left.

Now for the troubleshooting part.

Dish on the front wheel is good, string test on the frame comes out OK. So I pulled the fork, and that is where I think the problem is.

If I lay the fork on its' back on my alignment table (kitchen counter), and push the fork down tight against the flat surface, the right blade touches the counter, but the left is up above the counter at least 4mm.

I tried pushing the left one down a bit to see if I could bend it back. (That was a joke, even though I did it. Didn't work)

I plan to call the most experienced bike guy around here tomorrow, but was wondering if this is really a shop job with the right tool, or more a frame builder with a table kind of job?

I am tempted to try and brace it, and give a little more force to see what I can do to convince it to move.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Steven M. Johnson, Chesapeake, VA http://www.geocities.com/azubris/history2.html "Alison Gross, she's the meanest witch in the North country."

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