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Old 05-23-09, 07:59 PM   #1
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Give me your opinion - fork look bent?

I know, small picture. Looks alright to me - I'm going to see/buy it tomorrow, hopefully.

does anyone think that thing definitely looks bent?
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Old 05-23-09, 08:20 PM   #2
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The wheel is slightly turned to the left. Look at the front axle. Bearing this in mind, I'm gonna say no. Not bent.

EDIT: On second thought, I can't tell. The left leg of the fork could be bent back while the right is fine. Need better pictures.
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Old 05-23-09, 08:39 PM   #3
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Looks kinda bent to me. Not too bad, but better to presume the worst. There's a shop near me with full frame alignment equipment, that can straighten minor bends.
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i think the bars and the fork aren't quite lined up. makes it hard to get a bead on the fork. i guess you'll be able to tell when you see it.
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I'll go have a look-see, then.
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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.

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While the angle of the pic makes it hard to tell for sure, but I agree I think the fork is bent back like someone hit a curb or wall.
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That's bent.
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I know, small picture. Looks alright to me - I'm going to see/buy it tomorrow, hopefully.

does anyone think that thing definitely looks bent?
It looks bent to me
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Old 05-24-09, 11:03 AM   #10
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I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to tell from a picture unless the damage is severe. Look for wrinkles underneath the top tube and down tube at the lugs or a little further back.
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I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to tell from a picture unless the damage is severe. Look for wrinkles underneath the top tube and down tube at the lugs or a little further back.
You can tell from a photo. I've actually bought a few bikes that seemed fine in person, and only realized the forks were bent after looking back at the photo. Back to the bike, yep, bent.
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