Oldie, just not here!
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Location: Shady Hills, Fl.
Bikes: 2005 Trek T2000 tandem, 2003 Burly Tosa Tandem, 9 singles including 2 fixies
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Originally Posted by WebsterBikeMan
Back in the early eighties when I briefly worked in a bike shop they had a device intended for bending back a fork.
ROFL! That "device" was an old style, modified car bumper jack, and yeppur, they worked great on steel forks and frames, too! I crashed my Batavus single in 1973, fixed it with one, and rode it another year!
The butt end of the jack that usually sat on the ground was modified to hook around the bottom bracket. The notch at the other end, (where you'd usually snap in the bumper hook), was used to catch an axle, (or threaded rod), which spanned the fork and had been double-nutted against the fork tips. Then you started jacking until the fork/frame was back into some semblance of it's original shape.
Ahhh, the hi-zoot tools that we used in shops back then!
As for bending back a lightweight, steel tandem fork of today? No. But on an older, heavy Schwinn single speed, I think it would be fine as well. And you don't necessarily have to find one of these "bumper jack" tools. Later on, Park Tool made a couple of tools to more precisely bend and align forks blades, (if that's what bent, and not the steerer tube).
Call around the older shops in your area, describe where the old fork is bent, and they'll tell you if they can straighten it.
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Last edited by Onegun; 03-29-10 at 09:04 AM.