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Old 08-14-07, 08:31 PM
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Broken fork?

So I had a little accident I would prefer not to speak of(my stupidity). Anyways, now my fork is bent inwards from a frontside collision. The fork is now a few degrees off from the head tube effectively shortening the wheelbase and creating frightening toe overlap both of which are annoying. My question then, is whether this is safe to ride to work tommorow(10-12km). I can replace the fork at work(I work at a bike shop) so I just need to get there safely. The fork is off of a hi-ten steel bike boom ten speed. It was sold through a department store but is almost certainly a low end Peugeot.
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Ride a wheelie all the way there? I would say that if the metal isn't kinked
you chances are better that you won't die trying. But then again... anything could happen.
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I don't remember peugot selling through dept stores.... but I wouldn't have ridden that thing before you crashed.

Seriously though, it's probably okay to get you 1 way to work, steel is pretty forgiving, high tensile steel is some of the flexiest stuff they use for frames, so providing it's not cracked or ripped, it should be okay. You might even be able to bend it back, rather than replace it.
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If nothing is cracked you should be ok for the short ride but the handling is going to be very different so cool it on corners.

Also, be sure the impact didn't ovalize the headtube or crimp the downtube before you install a new fork.
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