So, last weekend I saw an ad for a project bike for sale. Frame looked about my size, and he only wanted $40 (of course, it's missing wheels, saddle and seatpost one of the brake levers, and the derailler hangar was bent but it's a project bike, right). Turns out it's a 1986 Schwinn Passage, so the Tenax tubing should be a nice improvement over the True Temper tubes on the Traveler I've ridden since before high school (moving from a 23" to 25" frame should be nice also!).
I really want to ride the bike, and have the missing parts to make it rideable but I'm noticing that the fork legs bend back slightly before curving forward. I made a jig to hold the fork and measure the offset and I'm getting about 32mm of offset which seems pretty low and calculates out to something like 77mm of trail at the ground. I'm pretty confident in the offset measurement, at least +/- a mm or two, but was expecting to see something more like 45-55mm? Does this sound like a bent fork? I don't see any cracked paint, and both legs are very even so I'm curious if maybe this is just how it was made? I can't find a fork offset number online for this model so wanted to check before trying to straighten things just in case they are straight already.