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Front wheel turns when hands free.

Old 08-23-13, 03:13 PM
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Front wheel turns when hands free.

This isn't a fork issue, first off.

Recently I fell off of a drop onto my back wheel--hard. Hard enough to flat the rim and break three spokes. The front wheel experienced almost nothing.

Now, when riding without hands the front wheel will turn, and I can feel the handlebars pulling on one hand and pressing on the other. Obviously, seeing as the front wheel wasn't damaged or even hit hard, I'm figuring that it is a frame issue, but I don't see anything wrong with the rear triangle or frame.

It's a steel frame.
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You can't necessarily tell by looking what the problem is. First of all, presumably the rear wheel was either fixed or replaced. If the wheel does not have proper dish it will not center in the frame and may cause the problem you describe (Google bicycle wheel dish). Secondly, though unlikely it's possible the rear triangle was moved. Run a string from the the outside of one dropout, around the head tube, to the same point on the outside of the other dropout. The distance between the string and seat tube should be the same on both sides. Other possibilities are far less likely, so check those two things first. However the front could still be a problem - if the front wheel was removed and installed off center during transport or repair, for instance.

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How do you know this isn't a fork issue? Have you checked it's alignment? At work we sometimes find a problem that was present for a while but the customer only noticed it recently.

As cny said a replacement wheel installed off center or that's off dished is the first thing I'd look at. I'd be surprised if the rear frame was bent off center as this usually requires a significant side force. Such force usually bends the wheel too, not just flat spots it. But it's easy enough to check for. If the rear wheel has not been replaced then the axle might have bent.

I take it that you meant that both when riding no handed and with hands that the bike steers to one side. I'm unable to see how the bars can press on your hands when you're riding no handed... Andy.
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