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Old 07-16-15, 03:20 PM
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What do you think, fork bent?

I can't really tell, it looks a little bent back. It's an easy fix if it is, I just want to make sure.




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Old 07-16-15, 04:13 PM
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No, what makes you think so ? Resistance when turning the fork, rub marks on the back of the steering tune ?

Looks good to me.
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At first glance, I would have said no, but now that you point it out, I would say possibly at the junction of the steerer tube and the fork crown. If it is bent that is a bummer - do you have a fork that you could substitute and measure? Nice bike BTW.
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I have a big press, positioned just the right way and it will straighten any fork.
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Definitely bent a bit. At least from my house.
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Put a yardstick or steel rule on it, then you'll know for sure.
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That already looks like a replacement fork. Maybe it's the frame that's bent. If so, it's not by much, and those old Schwinns were built like tanks. As long as it tracks straight it ought to be fine for at least a lifetime or two.
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Put a straight edge up to the screen...
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The change makes for more modern upright geometry. You're not going to know how it rides until you ride it. Assuming you haven't already...
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It's the original fork, I also have a green Super Sport. Same year, same fork. I think I will tweak it just a bit or its gonna bother me.
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If you say so. Same size as the rear.
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Your front wheel is GIGANTIC!
Camera lens distortion. Occurs around the edges of the optical circle. But the image is "cropped" by the camera so you only notice it where you see it.
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Originally Posted by jiangshi View Post
Definitely bent a bit. At least from my house.
Yes, Custom by Crash.
I think original fork.
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I think my fingers bent !
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Forks bent? Dude, somebody stole the Crank, BB, Chain and Derailleurs!
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Looks to be just about my size so I'm pretty sure the fork is bent.
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Looks to be just about my size so I'm pretty sure the fork is bent.
I have a green one just like it but in better condition. Same size.
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Too bad I'm taking the north route back to Wisconsin next week for a wedding. Very tempting but I'm pretty broke right now unless your interested in a 17" Cimarron LE?
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I agree with JDT, my first thought was it was a replacement fork but it also looks to be bent a little.
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Yes.
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Looks fine to me
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It looks to me like the back edge of the fork is in line with the headtube. That suggests a little bend, tough I saw the other day that apparently a lot of Peugeot UO-8s were built like that. If it were me, I'd measure the headtube angle and the fork rake and see if I liked the resulting trail before I did any bending. (The previous owner might have done you a favor. Why undo his work until you know? Besides, a fork with one bend is safer than one with two. Likewise, if this is how it was built, no bend is safer than one.)

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I pulled the fork today, there was a slight bend. One little squeeze on my press and they are straight. Looks a lot better.
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