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Old 10-23-08, 10:19 PM   #1
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How the heck you get the fork off the bike?

Pics to come soon (within mins of this post). I'm outside with the bikes laid out and trying to take off some salvageable parts before junking the rest which the junk pickup is at 0800 and it's 2420 right now. I probably only an hour left to work outside as quiet as possible before people start to wonder WTF is going on outside with the flashlight and tools.

I've already loosend the stem bolt and theaded headset.


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Old 10-23-08, 10:24 PM   #2
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Pics on front page uploading right now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49184877@N00/ is my Flickr photo page.

~30% uploaded as I type now.
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Ok last image up. I've already removed the bearings already. Not sure if the handlebars are worth salvaging. I only salvaged about 10% of the bike like the chrome fenders and chain guide. While slightly rusted I'll be sanding it up and saving them for a retro bike add on later.
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Aw. It's an old Eaton's bike. How did it get wrecked?

Anyway, after loosening the expander wedge bolt (on the top of the stem) you tap it with a hammer. This should loosen the wedge and allow the stem to be removed from the steerer tube of the fork. You don't remove the wedge bolt completely, because there's no need to, and it keeps all the parts of the stem together.
Once this is done, most of the upper headset parts can be removed by just unscrewing them.

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Some more pics.

The Nishiki is my bike and in good condition. The fenders are off the white bike.
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Aw. It's an old Eaton's bike. How did it get wrecked?

Anyway, after loosening the expander wedge bolt (on the top of the stem) you tap it with a hammer. This should loosen the stem and allow it to be removed from the steerer tube of the fork. You don't remove the wedge bolt completely, because there's no need to, and it keeps all the parts of the stem together.
Both bikes were found on the streets behind my house. Some parts are good (only about 10%) which I'll be keeping then the rest is going to be removed.

Wedge bolt? Which is the wedge bolt? The one on the top of the stem?

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At this hour I don't think I can hammer the stem. Both bikes have rust on them. The noise would wake up some people.
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Hm. 10 posts in this thread, and 9 are yours.

You removed the wedge bolt. It's the long one that came out of the top of the stem.
Put it back in, but don't tighten it down. Leave it unscrewed about a centimetre.
Unless it's badly rusted, you should only have to hit the head of the bolt once to knock the expanding wedge free.
The stem will then slide out of the fork.
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Hm. 10 posts in this thread, and 9 are yours.

You removed the wedge bolt. It's the long one that came out of the top of the stem.
Put it back in, but don't tighten it down. Leave it unscrewed about a centimetre.
Unless it's badly rusted, you should only have to hit the head of the bolt once to knock the expanding wedge free.
The stem will then slide out of the fork.
Is the handlebars and fork on thw white bike worth salvaging? Yah sorry for the extra posts. THe uplaod was slow. -.-;

Going back out. Need to remove the wheels off the bikes and seat as the pick up won't take the bikes if it's attached. I think the yellow bike I'm not saving anything off it.

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Thanks for the help last night. Got what I needed.
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... the junk pickup is at 0800 and it's 2420 right now...
Don't worry about it ... you're lucky ... you seem to have more than 24 hours in a day ...
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