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Old 02-11-20, 07:56 AM
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I might give it for free to someone I really, really disliked.
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Old 02-12-20, 09:58 PM
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or a pair of arseholes
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Old 02-12-20, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by aland2 View Post
I'd have a go at fixing it. I'd be more concerned about misalignment than loss of strength. You could braze a bolt onto the hammered-in section and pull it back out if you had facilities to do that. I don't so I'd drill a hole in the opposite side and use a short hardwood drift to hammer it back to where it should be, while holding the hammered-in section firmly against a hard surface. Then fill the hole with jb weld. 20 minutes work to save a good pair of forks.
Of course you could fix those dents that way. But after that the pair of forks would probably be weaker than before.
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Ride this fork or toss it?

Ride it like Boo Weekley.

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Old 02-12-20, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
Of course you could fix those dents that way. But after that the pair of forks would probably be weaker than before.
Don't say pair of forks round here or you'll meet a pair of punctilious pedants to piss on your chips
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Old 02-13-20, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by aland2 View Post
Don't say pair of forks round here or you'll meet a pair of punctilious pedants to piss on your chips
Maybe this just ain't the place for you.
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Old 02-13-20, 07:00 PM
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Get a new (or used) one.

I doubt the blades themselves would fail catastrophically while being ridden.

My concern (pardon if this has been previously stated) is that the original squashing may have damaged the brazing responsible for holding the blades into the crown. Trying to restore their shape might also do that. Sturdy used forks are not expensive...


I do have a couple of steel forks,* from bitd, that sure look like they were squashed, though likely in a mold, rather than originally fabricated in the present shape. I could be wrong, as Columbus would certainly have tried to supply Alberto Gios with whatever he asked for...but they do look squashed to me, albeit elegantly squashed.



A world of difference from the OP's version, the blades would have been modified before fitting to the crown for brazing.




* I so wanted to say "forks"...
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Old 02-14-20, 09:35 AM
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there is quite a bit of manipulation of the steel that goes into a fork blade, and then usually the builder manipulates it some more. I doubt the brazing on the OP's fork was affected at all, unless it has a bad brazing job. But there doesn't seem to be any evidence of that.
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Old 02-14-20, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
there is quite a bit of manipulation of the steel that goes into a fork blade, and then usually the builder manipulates it some more. I doubt the brazing on the OP's fork was affected at all, unless it has a bad brazing job. But there doesn't seem to be any evidence of that.
I'd tend to agree, but just based on pictures, I'd err on the side of caution. If I were to look at the fork in person, I might have a different opinion. I just don't have any experience with forks that have been dented in such a manner, ergo my recommendation.
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Old 02-14-20, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
there is quite a bit of manipulation of the steel that goes into a fork blade, and then usually the builder manipulates it some more. I doubt the brazing on the OP's fork was affected at all, unless it has a bad brazing job. But there doesn't seem to be any evidence of that.




Most significant "manipulation"of the blades occurs before fitting to the crown and brazing, yes? That was my point, regarding my Gios "forks"* versus the fork shown by the OP. I tried to be clear that I was referring to the post manufacture amateur "squashing" possibly causing problems. Exacerbated by nearness of the squashing to the braze, and if there were problems with the quality of the brazing.
I agree that there appear to be no signs of faulty brazing, but might not be visible in some cases, though perhaps could be revealed by tapping against a hard surfaceand listening for the chime.
I was not proposing that this had occurred, just that it was a possibility.

Sorry, I hope this clarifies what I was trying to convey...
Best regards, Eric

*forks... hehe
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I believe it's Gugie that has re-raked a number of forks that are 30+ years old without problem, right? On the other hand, those were smooth changes that didn't crimp or create potential stress risers unlike someone grabbing the fork with a vise and squeezing, which apparently happened here.
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Old 02-17-20, 01:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Maybe this just ain't the place for you.
don't try to wind me up. You know that's the wrong path, I refuse to rise to it
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Old 02-17-20, 11:27 PM
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Iím not sure that the indentation caused damage to the fork. I also canít be sure that it didnít. I can imagine doing this to the fork without damage, but with just these pix to go by, Iíd say itíll better to be safe than sorry.

Steel frames can crack in many places without causing harm to the rider, but forks hold almost half your weight, do all the steering and significantly mote than half of your braking.

Replace it or get an expert opinion in person.
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Originally Posted by aland2 View Post
don't try to wind me up. You know that's the wrong path, I refuse to rise to it
Actually, just trying to help.
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Originally Posted by aland2 View Post
don't try to wind me up. You know that's the wrong path, I refuse to rise to it
how would he know that? You have 12 posts.
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