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    saved another one from the landfill

    its a japan model so i only spent about 40 bucks, but a new paint job and frame decals does wonders
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    Looks like the fork is bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    Looks like the fork is bent.
    I hate to say it but, I agree.

    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Sadly does look like the fork is bent, but if there is no buckling behind the headlug a replacement fork would fix it right up. Score!

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    holy crap you guys are right, i cant believe i didnt notice that. fixed it up pretty fast and it rides good, man i let that one slip past, thanks and good eye.

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    you know if i didnt post the pic i would of never noticed it and all would of been fine since its just a ride around bike, but know its gonna bug the hell out of me until i fix it.

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    Loving that half-step plus granny! Good luck with the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    you know if i didnt post the pic i would of never noticed it and all would of been fine since its just a ride around bike, but know its gonna bug the hell out of me until i fix it.
    If you didn't even notice it when you disassembled for paint, must not be too bad. Good luck. Looks nice!

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    theres nothing wrong with the frame or head tube, i think i might try to heat the fork up and tweak it back, sandblast and repaint. i think it will be an easy fix

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    Where do you guys find these great bikes... Bent fork or not - WHAT A FIND...

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    Bar end shifters alone are worth $60, if you have to art it out you will still be way ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    theres nothing wrong with the frame or head tube, i think i might try to heat the fork up and tweak it back, sandblast and repaint. i think it will be an easy fix
    At the risk of getting flamed by one of our frame builders, I've had some good luck just cold-setting regular high-ten forks that looked just like that, using the apparatus below - A 2x6 with two large u-bolts, a threaded rod, a short 2x4 (wedged under the legs for anti rotation) - and a car jack.

    It applies the reverse load at the same point as it was bent in the first place.
    It left some crackled paint on the back of the legs.

    I haven't tried it with Reynolds or Columbus though. - And certainly don't try it with aluminum.

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    Japanese made - did you see if it was Ishiwata tubing? Maybe a Bianchi Limited.

    Here's mine.
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    no not sure. really dont dont much about bianchis. the only thing out of ordinary was the rear wheel set screws. and i put a new shimano rd on it im fixing up the one that had on it it has three pulleys. looks pretty cool. anything else i should look for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    at the risk of getting flamed by one of our frame builders, i've had some good luck just cold-setting regular high-ten forks that looked just like that, using the apparatus below - a 2x6 with two large u-bolts, a threaded rod, a short 2x4 (wedged under the legs for anti rotation) - and a car jack.

    It applies the reverse load at the same point as it was bent in the first place.
    It left some crackled paint on the back of the legs.

    I haven't tried it with reynolds or columbus though. - and certainly don't try it with aluminum.

    i hear ya!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    A 2x6 with two large u-bolts, a threaded rod, a short 2x4 (wedged under the legs for anti rotation) - and a car jack.

    It applies the reverse load at the same point as it was bent in the first place.
    that's pretty cool.

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    This works, too:

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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Good for fixing bent steps in ladders too.

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    If there's a *really* oldschool LBS near you, they may have some proper tools for cold setting that fork back to its original shape.

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    I used the ladder method. If you leave the frame attached to the fork, you get plenty of leverage for a very controlled bend.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I have had 2 frames with the bent forks. Both I took to my old school bike shop....problem and doubts gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    Good for fixing bent steps in ladders too.
    looks like a good way to create bent steps in ladders too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    This works, too:

    Yep, try wrestling with it a little. Wrestling works with seat stays and chain stays also. IMHO, kind of an art form.

    That has a triple chain ring + bar end shifters. Shimano STX RD? Wow!!! That was a great deal!!!
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