Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-18-06, 08:05 AM   #1
Dermonar
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Steering Pulls to Side

Hello,

My Name's David, First time posting here so you'll have to bear with me. I have a question about Steering. I've been riding my bike to work for the past year and a half now, it's alot cheaper than gas. The other day I came off a curb and my handle bars turned one way and my wheel went the other. I rode the last two miles like that and used some tools at work to tighten the bolt after I realigned the handle bars. When I went to ride it home I realized it was pulling to the left side. I verified that I hadn't put the handle bars on backwards and than replaced the tire rim in case the rim was bent. With the new rim it's still pulling. Fork doesn't look bent but I'm lost as to what the issue could be. It feels like there is a cable that is tight on the left side and pulling the bars in that direction. Any advise would be appreciated.

Thank You
Dermonar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-06, 08:27 AM   #2
San Rensho 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,559
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
If you hit the wheel hard, you may have bent the fork side to side, which would account for the steering problem. Hard to measure this without special tools. But check to make sure new wheel is centered in the fork, if its off to one side, this will cause it to steer to one side. And, try another wheel that you know is good, could be wheel problem.
__________________
Il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace

1980 3Rensho-- 1975 Raleigh Sprite 3spd
1990s Raleigh M20 MTB--2007 Windsor Hour (track)
1988 Ducati 750 F1
San Rensho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-06, 08:33 AM   #3
HillRider 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Posts: 29,124
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 181 Post(s)
A bike shop should have a fork alignment gauge and tool and can determine if that's the problem. If you bent the fork, and it's steel, it can be realigned. If the fork is aluminum or carbon, you will have to replace it.
HillRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-06, 09:33 AM   #4
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione
Posts: 28,306
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
If the fork is aluminum or carbon, you will have to replace it.
And do so immediately without riding it anywhere.
operator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-06, 09:35 AM   #5
FergusF
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Gijon, Spain
Bikes: 2003 Kona Smoke, 2004 Fuji Touring, 2005 Brompton L3, 2008 Dahon MU XL Sport
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Could be a slightly bent fork or even the frame, you should take it to a shop that has a rig to check alignment.

Before you do, also worth checking that the wheel axle is seated correctly in the dropouts, i.e. it should be seated fully on both sides with no gaps. If the axle is not horizontal this could cause a pull on the steering even if the frame and forks are aligned correctly.
FergusF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-06, 10:57 AM   #6
bidaci
Senior Member
 
bidaci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Suburban Boston
Bikes:
Posts: 473
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You say you tightened the "bolt" on the handlebars. Do you have a quill stem? If so, do you have horizontal dropouts on the back? If you have them, you may want to check to see if your back wheel moved a bit as well.
bidaci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-06, 10:39 AM   #7
bwgride
Slow Rider
 
bwgride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Georgia, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 944
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
My fork, which is steel, is bent very slightly from a crash the bike experienced (not by me). As a result, I cannot ride the bike "no-handed" because the wheel pulls immediately to the left. However, with hands on the handlebar, this pull cannot be felt. I've been riding this bike for a long time with this pull, and it presents no problems for me. My point is that if your bike is steel (or cro-molly), and rides fine as long as you have hands on the handlebar, there is no concern about the pull unless it is severe.
bwgride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-06, 02:41 PM   #8
truckin
road rash/tree burn
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Bikes:
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another thing to check might be the headset- the impact could have exaggerated a worn condition so that the handlebars want to pull away from pointing straight ahead.
truckin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:14 PM.