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Old 12-02-21, 11:40 AM
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Use for a bent fork?

Removed from a 25" Schwinn Super LeTour, head badge stamped 1725.
Tange 5C, steerer length 238, 27'' wheels.

The frame is gone, I don't need it so what to do with it?
Cut off steerer for making spacers?
Offer up so a member can straighten?

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find a wooden stool, drill a 1" hole in the center of the seat, set the fork upside down and mimic pop art
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Might be the perfect start to building a wheel truing stand.
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Old 12-02-21, 12:58 PM
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Wheel truing stand or pitch it in the trash to avoid potential liability issues. I've seen shops use old bent forks for wheel displays but not much need for that with the average person.
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That fork looks bent . . .
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Old 12-02-21, 01:44 PM
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Need a fork with a pretty good rake, for double ply.
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make a lamp out of it
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The result, Bicycle Wheel, is the first of Duchamp’s Readymades—objects (sometimes manufactured or mass-produced) selected by the artist and designated as art. Most of Duchamp’s Readymades were individual objects that he repositioned or signed and called art, but Bicycle Wheel is what he called an “assisted Readymade,” made by combining more than one utilitarian item to form a work of art.
I'm not even mad at art, but the fork on a stool just isn't aesthetic to me.

I've recently been thinking about a DIY truing stand too, but wouldn't a bent fork be problematic for, uh, straightness?
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That doesn't look that bad. Put it in your stash.

But I had one that was much worse so I cut the steerer off then split and splayed the thin end to make a head set race remover.
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When I worked in a bike shop, (a long, long time ago) one afternoon we finished all the repairs so we had some time to talk and get into trouble. We mounted a fork in a Park workstand. In a bike shop, the base off the stand was large diameter, like 3' and 3/4" thick steel. We took an inner tube and used a fork as the uprights of a slingshot. Of course, we had a supply of bearings to shoot. At first we just shot at a cardboard box across the room. Little by little we tried different size inner tubes, different sized bb and progressively pulled back further and further with it until we had to have two people standing on the base of the work stand and two people pulling the inner tube back. The ball bearings were really zinging. Then we decided we should try to hit something to see what kind of damage it would do. We had a lamp with an incandescent light bulb in it.

I don't know how many tries it took, but we hit the center of the light bulb. I would have expected the bulb to shatter into little pieces, leaving only a base with some jagged glass. However because of speed of the bb, it made only a small opening on the entrance side of the bulb and a larger opening on the exit side of the bulb. The the rest of the glass bulb remained intact.

It is probably not the best use of a fork but for being an improvised device, it was pretty impressive. And, yes, we are lucky we didn't shoot any of our eyes out.
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Originally Posted by eom View Post
Removed from a 25" Schwinn Super LeTour, head badge stamped 1725.
Tange 5C, steerer length 238, 27'' wheels.

The frame is gone, I don't need it so what to do with it?
Cut off steerer for making spacers?
Offer up so a member can straighten?

Thanks
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Old 12-03-21, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
When I worked in a bike shop, (a long, long time ago) one afternoon we finished all the repairs so we had some time to talk and get into trouble. We mounted a fork in a Park workstand. In a bike shop, the base off the stand was large diameter, like 3' and 3/4" thick steel. We took an inner tube and used a fork as the uprights of a slingshot. Of course, we had a supply of bearings to shoot. At first we just shot at a cardboard box across the room. Little by little we tried different size inner tubes, different sized bb and progressively pulled back further and further with it until we had to have two people standing on the base of the work stand and two people pulling the inner tube back. The ball bearings were really zinging. Then we decided we should try to hit something to see what kind of damage it would do. We had a lamp with an incandescent light bulb in it.

I don't know how many tries it took, but we hit the center of the light bulb. I would have expected the bulb to shatter into little pieces, leaving only a base with some jagged glass. However because of speed of the bb, it made only a small opening on the entrance side of the bulb and a larger opening on the exit side of the bulb. The the rest of the glass bulb remained intact.

It is probably not the best use of a fork but for being an improvised device, it was pretty impressive. And, yes, we are lucky we didn't shoot any of our eyes out.
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I like this composition. So, one thing you could do is put it out in the road and take a photo of it. But you already did that. You could drip paint it, ala Jackson Pollock, and retake it. Though, that might not improve the powerful minimalist style you've already captured here.
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Another idea is to leave the fork out in the middle of the road. On a nearby post, staple the above photo with a caption reading, "Lost fork." Append your contact info. See what happens.
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You could carry the fork cross-country to raise awareness of the universal nature of running head-on into something. Could change your life. Could change the world.
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