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Mildly Bent Front Fork on Raleigh Sports

Old 08-29-05, 11:00 AM
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Mildly Bent Front Fork on Raleigh Sports

Hi, I recently hit a pothole in the dark while riding my 74 Raleigh Sports. After inspecting I believe that I bent my front fork a bit. My inspection basically was to check the centering of the top of the wheel between the fork blades. The wheel favored the rider's righthand side of fork. I took the bike over to a local shop to have it fixed, believing they can straighten such things. They told me they would call if there were any problems or if the fork would have to be replaced. What do you think are the odds they're going to call me? Do bike shops still do steel fork blade straightening? Or should I start looking for a replacement Raleigh fork?
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Old 08-29-05, 11:27 AM
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I once had the problem you're describing. I looked down at the fork legs, figured out what bending I needed to do to get the bike to go straight again, and bent the fork back. I spent a minute or two experimentally pushing on the fork legs to figure out how far I could push them without causing any lasting change, and then pushed just beyond that point to get the legs to bend to where I wanted them.
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It's a little hard to tell for sure but I think you can bend it back so long as it's just the blades. Look it over carefully for any crinkled paint, clamp the steerer in a vice and tweak away.
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I have bent back forks of that vintage, till I thought they looked straight, but I think the shop would work to precise specifications. The labour cost would then be more than the price of a new fork ($40?) - this isnt a Colnago.
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