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Old 06-19-19, 05:11 PM
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Well, it finally happened...


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Old 06-19-19, 05:18 PM
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That's either a tiny bike, or a huge garage door.
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Old 06-19-19, 05:20 PM
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That fork is bent
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Old 06-19-19, 05:31 PM
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Right hook?

ĒSorry, I didnít see youĒ?

I sure hope thatís not it...
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Old 06-19-19, 05:52 PM
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The fork is not bent. Maybe the photographer... No, after 32 years I finally got a new BB, stem set, and swapped to v-brakes. It's a 1987 steel frame. Rides like new... or, at least NOW it rides like a new 1987 Giant Iguana. (Sorry, for some reason my text wasn't posting.)
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Old 06-19-19, 05:57 PM
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the pictures won't load for me, but it might just be where you have them hosted and my work's firewall not getting along
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Old 06-19-19, 06:08 PM
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Where'd you find the tires with the gumwalls on just one side?

Take a photo straight from the side, without pointing down at the bike. Fork sure looks bent.
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I am solidly on the "fork is bent" bandwagon.
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oh, pictures are back! must have been a hiccup.

and yeaaah, i think your fork's bent.


straight


not so straight
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Old 06-19-19, 07:30 PM
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Fork's definitely bent.
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Knock, knock?
Who's there?
Ernest Ford.
Ernest who?
Ernest Ford from Bent Fork, Tennessee.

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has anyone mentioned that fork is bent on the blue Giant?
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If the front wheel was straight it might line up better. Could be the angle? We need a better picture, everything straight, drive side.
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Stem shifters? That'll bend a fork right there.
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I'm solidly in the camp saying that it's impossible to tell if a fork is subtly bent based on photos that are angled and where the front wheel is not pointing straight ahead... And will happily trust the owner of 32 years to know whether it's bent or not.
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I'm solidly in the camp saying that it's impossible to tell if a fork is subtly bent based on photos that are angled and where the front wheel is not pointing straight ahead... And will happily trust the owner of 32 years to know whether it's bent or not.
Exactly. How do so many people claim to see a bent fork, when the experience they claim to have SHOULD tell them, that everything is NOT always what it seems to be? 🤔👀
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Mine dropped out of school, then got some ambition and got some additional training.



It's a very capable vehicle, even if it does handle a bit like a truck.
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Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been crashed. There is no indication it's bent--- no wrinkled or cracked paint, no misalignment, no deformed metal. On a flat counter, both legs are parallel, and, with a straight edge, the axle is about an inch ahead of the steering head angle. If it's bent, it's bent in perfect symmetry. The steering angle is pretty steep. I have a NOS fork somewhere, so I'll dig it out and compare them, but I've done that before, and they were the same.
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Photos are not ideal but from what I see I am amazed that that fork is not making the bike stiffer and more responsive (twitchy).
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Sorry man, but if the opís fork isnít bent I think yours is.

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It's a very capable vehicle, even if it does handle a bit like a truck.
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Sorry man, but if the opís fork isnít bent I think yours is.
It's the shape of the fork crown. Possibly the beefiest unicrown made in the 2nd millennium.
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Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been crashed. There is no indication it's bent--- no wrinkled or cracked paint, no misalignment, no deformed metal. On a flat counter, both legs are parallel, and, with a straight edge, the axle is about an inch ahead of the steering head angle. If it's bent, it's bent in perfect symmetry. The steering angle is pretty steep. I have a NOS fork somewhere, so I'll dig it out and compare them, but I've done that before, and they were the same.
Well then, you're obviously the victim of the cruel-hearted crash-test fairies. They wait till like 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, to crash-test people's bikes. That let's them bypass a lot of silly rules & regulations, that the daytime people get stuck with. 😁😉
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Crashed, bent in shipping when new, jigged wrong at the factory...it doesn't matter. The fact is that the fork is not raked as it was meant to be (yes, bent forks can be bent perfectly symmetrical).



There's about 2.5" to 3" of rake in the factory fork, as intended - not 1". This thing probably handles like a Raleigh DL-1 trying to be a road bike. You'd be wise to consider taking the advice of the bent fork crowd, for no other reason other than to rectify the handling issues this bike undoubtedly has.

You might want to cut the rear brake cable a bit shorter too - I know the braze-ons are on the wrong side for the V-brakes, but that's a huge loop of housing.

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