Originally Posted by mrmouse12
so i recently had a spill everything fine except the front fork, which bent and i feel i shouldn't just try to bend it back fearing it braking and me getting injured again.
i have a peugeot ao-8.
i was wondering if its possible to replace my bent fork with a non french fork. As long as its all the same sizes and i get a headset that fits onto that fork.
is there anything i could be overlooking?
An exact replacement will be hard to get, but there were a lot of UO-8s and AO-8s made and imported here. A new near-replacement will be hard, but easier. The bike will handle differently.
The AO-8 forks are made of steel that can with care be bent a few times before it weakens. It's mild carbon steel, less strong but more ductile than chrome-moly or similar (501, tange anything, 531, Columbus SL, or anything better than those). Find an old LBS and a senior or just plain good mechanic, and explain you want to try to resurrect this old one. Not sure of the right labor charge, but a new-made fork will be a lot more than that.
Last edited by Road Fan; 10-27-10 at 04:29 PM.