What??? Only 2 wheels?
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Boston-ish, MA
Bikes: '73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, '72 Peugeot UO-8, '82 Peugeot TH8, '87 Bianchi Brava, '76? Masi Grand Criterium, '87 Centurion Ironman Expert, '74 Motobecane Champion Team, '86 Gazelle champion mondial, '81? Grandis, '82? Tommasini
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My UO8 's fork is ever so slightly bent backwards. Has been that way for decades. I never hit anything especially hard but once I did bump the house wall slightly when stopping with wet wheels. Anyway, it seemed to handle exactly the same before as after. I had never looked at the fork that way before that event so I had no reference for whether that bent it or not.
Friends back then who owned other bikes such as Gitane, Motobecane, etc. used to tell me "You have seamed forks, you'll break the forks, your forks are going to bend, ah, you're going to break your forks", etc. (Of course, there is only one "forks" on a bike's front end.) I just kept riding it. Those things never happened. It just kept working. It still works 40 years later.
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