Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Bikes: 1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
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Things to check...
Does the wheel rim split the space between the fork blades evenly, or is the rim off to one side or the other. If not even, the fork is likely bent. Also, do the wheel rims match. If not, chances are the front wheel will have been changed out since the original might have been totaled when the forks got bent. Also, look at the top tube and down tube where they fit into the head tube lugs. Is the paint cracked or splitting? If so, the frame set has suffered also.
For those who are interested, I have a complete feature article on MY "TEN SPEEDS" that helps a person understand how to determine frame set damage. I even help teach how to determine amount of damage and, sometimes, how to repair the damage.