I have a bent fork :-(
It is not the common problem of fork blades bent rearward.
Rather, when viewed from the front, the fork blades are angled a little bit, so that the front dropouts are slightly displaced to the drive-side. As a result, if the top of the front wheel is centered in the fork crown, the wheel is at a slight angle relative to the rear wheel - it is leaned over a little bit toward the non-drive-side.
The bend is not large. I didn't see it when I bought the bike (22 year old road bike). You have to have everything lined up perfectly to see it.
I don't care about a bend that I can hardly see, except that this bike cannot be ridden hands-off. I discovered that when taking it out for a test ride tonight, after spending two weeks overhauling the damn thing. It veers to the right. I'm decent at riding hands-off, but can't do it on this bike at all.
The local bike coop charges $30 to straighten a fork. I'm wondering if I can do this one at home. I could clamp the steerer tube in my bench vise, slide a pipe over the fork blade, and carefully apply pressure.
Sound do-able? Have you done it? Or should I fork over (ha ha) $30?
I'm only wondering, because this bike has proven a PITA and I'm already in it for more than I'd hoped. 1980 Motobecane Grand Record, I have $252 in it so far and still need bar tape and $26 of decals to be done.