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Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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A picture would be helpful, but it really depends on the location and exact nature of the damage. If you've dinged the race in areas that don't make contact with anything, it probably doesn't matter, but if, for example, you dinged the actual ball contact area there's a good chance that you'll feel it when the fork is tightened. OTOH if, for example you raised some metal in a non-contact, but low clearance area like on the rim, you might just need to file off the raised area.
At this point whatever harm's done is already done and can't be reversed, so you might as well install the fork and see what's what.
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