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Location: Denver, CO
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Lopsided Handlebars - Indicative of a Fall?
Today I went to go check out a beautiful 70s Motobecane Jubilee Sport. The frame was made from Columbus tubing and had Suntour components, and lightweight wheels. It was in excellent shape.
My wife and I rode it around and were determined to buy it. But I had a hunch and decided to look at the frame from the front. I straightened it out and noticed that the handlebars were lower on the right side (where the right arm holds when seated on the bike).
I feared that it may have taken a fall and that the frame may not be as straight as it seemed. We decided to walk, since the 78 Fuji Royale II that my wife bought last year also had the same telltale signs of a fall (lopsided handlebars, and when looking from the front, a fairly visible twist/lack of proper alignment in the frame).
Was I wrong to walk? Could there have been another reason for the handlebars being that way? Would it have been an easy fix?
I just hope I didn't make a mistake in letting it go