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Old 06-13-08, 11:39 AM   #1
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I recently bought a second hand Dawes Jaguar steel frame bike about 20 years old but in great condition (it still had the original tyres only part worn but badly perished) so it has only done a small mileage and there is very little wear on the components.

What I have noticed however is that the front wheel does not sit straight in the front forks - it sits over to one side. I have tried changing the wheel with one from another bike but it is the same story so the fault must be in the forks.

Is it a big job to get the fork reset? Is it advisable on a bike of this age? Does it really matter will it affect the handling?
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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Try just flipping the existing wheel so that the skewer lever is on the other side. If the wheel is still off to the same side, your forks are bent and need to be aligned. It definitely affects the handling.
This is difficult to do accurately without the proper gauges and equipment, so I'd recommend dropping it off at your nearest framebuilder to have them pull it back into shape.
Steel is very durable, and wants to return to it's original state, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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If reversing the wheel still gives the alignment problems (your trying a second wheel has pretty much said their is a problem) either the fork is bent or the dropouts aren't lined up vertically. A good bike shop with a fork alignment gauge can diagnose, and fix, the problem.

It shouldn't cost much and the bike's age is not a factor. I have a lugged steel Trek significantly older than your Dawes that's in constant service as a rain/beater bike. Unless they are badly rust damaged or crashed, most steel frame will last nearly forever.
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