recently picked up a '94 bridgestone rbt, everything except wheels factory, switched around to aluminum 27's from the steel 27's on it.
problem is that when I slip a wheel in the forks it's offset at the crown by about half the tire width, and the only way to make sure it's right is to tilt the wheel. (rides perfectly like that though)
When I throw a junk steel rim in it with narrow hubs it comes fairly close to centering itself, but the aluminum rims with wider hubs stay off set
measurements seem to show that it's straight, but the bike looks like it hit something once, handlebar bent in slightly, and tape's messed up on that side, also the offset is 'away' from the hit as though it was pushed over, so I figure it is bent at least a little, LBS says they can straighten it out with a bit of grinding, but would prefer rebending it to correct postion.
How would I do this without overbending it? and could overlywide hubs be a problem? I've never ran into issues with that, but think it may be a possibility, the aluminum rim is a perfect fit in the rear, (slight issues with the axle being too thick, have to make sure the slot is aligned right) and the front actualy slips right in perfectly without spreading or squeezing the fork legs.
at present my plan is to turn a bar down to the ID of the steerer tube, insert that in the tube, then measure off it to check measurements, and use a chunk of padded PVC to bend them to the proper postion,(has great paint with only a few mild scuffs) unless others have a better way to measure and straighten?
did a google search, but no real info came up.