Crashed Nishiki -- need front fork
I have a Nishiki Sport late 70's early 80's w/ 27 inch wheels. Had a crash at speed and now the front fork is bent. Is there a place to get replacement parts, or do I have to buy a parts bike, or just sell this one for parts? Bryon
Additional: This bike rides on 27" tires; aside from that, I hav'nt done any other measurements. When I was at the store in our little town, I believe some kids loosened the kwick-release tabs on the front wheel for fun, and on the way back home, going around a corner, the front wheel came off. As I rolled onto the ground, the bike came up on top of me. ( SAVE THE BIKE AT ALL COST !! ) Both legs of the fork are bent, one bad, one not so bad. The Nishiki badge on the front has one side knocked loose, and one side of the pedals and crank are bent oh-so-slightly. The front wheel will need 3 spokes replaced. I am 6'3" 250lbs and going 12-15 mph, so damage could have been a lot worse than it was. Everything can be fixed or replaced easily except the fork. Been looking for about 2 years. Took it to an auto body shop to see if they could straighten it; they were reluctant and thought the worst-bent side would stress fracture at the top. They also said they had no idea how far to bend it back to make it straight / stock. This bike is ( was ) very speedy, and like an old friend; I would very much like to revive it. It gets a lot of comments. Thanks to all for your collective input -- Bryon
The local bike shop has a bunch of kids working there, and none of them look like they are old enough to need to shave. Several of them looked at my fork and it was their collective opinion that it was 'fried'. They brought me a fork they thought would fit, but when I held it up to the bent fork, the legs were too short and the threaded neck was also too short.
Last edited by 2wheels10speeds; 09-13-10 at 07:11 AM.