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Old 07-03-18, 11:28 AM
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WTB: Small French Fork

I'm looking for a smallish French fork to replace one from a Jeunet 620 that I'm restoring. Unfortunately, the bike was very poorly packed, and the fork arrived tweaked. I don't think its worth trying to fix.

The bike is about a 51 cm frame, and the steerer tube measures 5.5" or so going from memory, with a flat cut on the backside. Something reasonably close could probably be shortened. I'm hoping to find something resembling the original, with chrome plating.

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Old 07-03-18, 01:20 PM
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I think that fork is worth fixing. Both blades look bent to the side. That's the easiest kind of bent fork to fix.
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I tend to agree with @noglider

And honestly, what you'll spend to have someone qualified to do it will probably match price and shipping on a replacement that most assuredly won't match.
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Old 07-03-18, 04:37 PM
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OP,
Is that a crack in the steerer tube or just oil? I may have one from a Motobecane but I think its tube is around 7". Let me know if you are interested,
I will need to check to see if I still have it.
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No Crack In Steerer

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Is that a crack in the steerer tube or just oil?
Best, Ben


It's not a crack.

Steerers in French bikes back then were either sleeved or butted at the bottom. The only steerer that I've ever seen that broke or cracked in that area happened just above the crown race boss on a cheap bike boom bike.

Looks like a platyhelminthes (flat worm) or maybe a baby banana slug....



It's probably just hardened grease on a 40 year old bike.

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Maybe Escher could make it look correct
Glad only grease.
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Realiging A Fork

[QUOTE=francophile;20427216]I tend to agree with @noglider

And honestly, what you'll spend to have someone qualified to do it will probably match price and shipping on a replacement that most assuredly won't match.[/QUOTE

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A good frame builder or even a competent shop with the right equipment can realign the fork in 10-15 minutes max. Plus they can reface the crown race seat. I also reface the head tube.

Afterwards it will probably be better than new and the bike will handle correctly.

I have a VAR 478 Fork Alignment Gage that I use to check every fork that I work on. If the blades are off center or one is forward or behind the other I can realign it holding the fork in that fixture. If the bends are off or one blade is longer then I let a frame builder with a fork bending jig do the job.


Dropout aligning tools are great to have but you can check the alignment with a simple axle cut in two and nuts/cones.




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Looks Correct!

Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
Maybe Escher could make it look correct
Glad only grease.
Best, Ben
This piece is called "Cycle"! Looks correct to me!



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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
This piece is called "Cycle"! Looks correct to me!



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You can have this Motobecane (1972?) fork for shipping cost. Looks to be the same chroming and the steer tube length(6 3/4") is close to yours.
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Likewise, you can have this one for shipping

Gitane fork that the threaded portion is shot, but can be rethreaded.

About 7" good - 531

ISO and for trade thread part 5
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I appreciate all of the comments. You cant really see it from the pictures, but there is quite a bit of wrinkling in the metal around the fork crown, especially on the inside of the blades. Im sure the original fork could be straightened, Id just feel better about not using it.
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OP,
You have a lot of offers including mine for the cost of shipping....I checked mine for this morning and while it is about 7 on the ST the others chrome looks much better than mine.
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