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Old 02-11-09, 09:54 PM
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How to tell if the fork is tweaked

Here is a pic to see if the fork is tweaked. I think it may be because the headtube and the top of the fork do not follow the the same lines. Is this a good indicator of a jacked up fork?



Are there any other useful tips other then then dents/bends behind the headlugs?

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Old 02-11-09, 11:25 PM
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I can't get your picture to enlarge, but yes, it looks a bit off. Is there a lot of toe overlap with the wheel? Some bikes have a bit of overlap, but if it's a lot that might be another indication.
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Without a better pic, I am going to guess it is bent. Take a close up showing headtube and fork, then use a picture hosting site like Flickr (it is free) so that you can post a larger pic.


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Do the headset bearings feel tight?
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Thanks guys, sorry for the crappy pic, but I couldn't get it any bigger. It was a pic sent to me by a seller. I just wanted to see if my novice bike skills were correct this time. This was a Univega Specialissma with some pretty rough paint, but he was only asking $65 bucks. I'm passing once again. I think every tourer I find has a tweaked fork.The search continues, but thanks for the help. I'm getting better at spotting those jacked up forks.

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Originally Posted by Muttleyone View Post
Thanks guys, sorry for the crappy pic, but I couldn't get it any bigger. It was a pic sent to me by a seller. I just wanted to see if my novice bike skills were correct this time. This was a Univega Specialissma with some pretty rough paint, but he was only asking $65 bucks. I'm passing once again. I think every tourer I find has a tweaked fork.The search continues, but thanks for the help. I'm getting better at spotting those jacked up forks.

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Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! DO NOT PASS ON THAT BIKE!

A bent fork can be easily repaired at any competent LBS for about $20.00. And the Univega Specialissma is the equal to the Miyata One Thousand Touring bike! BUY IT!

If you don't want it, buy it for me. I'll pay for the bike, shipping, and a finders fee to you.

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It is a good bike for 65 bucks...the fork and the headtube have to line up though. See there is this tube that comes off of the top of the fork crown, and that tube has to pass neatly through the head tube on the frame, and so that means that they have to be parallel. and, no builder in their right mind would put the bend in the upper part of the fork legs (except maybe Pinarello...I haven't looked at their forks closely, because I can't stand to look.)
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Originally Posted by Machin Shin View Post
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! DO NOT PASS ON THAT BIKE!

A bent fork can be easily repaired at any competent LBS for about $20.00. And the Univega Specialissma is the equal to the Miyata One Thousand Touring bike! BUY IT!

If you don't want it, buy it for me. I'll pay for the bike, shipping, and a finders fee to you.

Dan
I agree. I've bent forks back into service; it's not that difficult if you're creative and patient. Or just have the shop do it. otoh, if the frame is bent, that's another story, but for the price you can hardly go wrong. The components are worth that much.
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+1 Buy it, used the bent fork to possibly get an even better deal. Worst case you have an awesome donor bike, best case is you can have the fork fixed. Always consider the parts on cheap finds. I passed up a couple of decent donors early on that were mistakes. Now I will buy a cheap bike just for pedals, crankset, and seat. Add decent derailleurs, levers, brakes, wheels, maybe even tires, and $65 can be really cheap.


If you can get the fork fixed, an even better score.

I picked up a couple of donors that I ended up rebuilding, that always makes the buy even sweeter!
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