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Old 06-28-10, 04:54 PM
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Some folks are too quick to cry "bent fork" ...

But I'm pretty sure this is what one actually looks like:

https://tinyurl.com/2aofdpj
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Old 06-28-10, 05:03 PM
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So... are you saying that this one on ebay does not have a bent fork?



You can practically draw a straight line from the center of the headtube through the headtube and will hit the center of the front axle, that's how badly bent that one is
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That's simply Peugeot's patented Downtube Tire Saver (DTS ®).
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That's simply Peugeot's patented Downtube Tire Saver (DTS ®).
Shift levers double as flick-stands.
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I have found from experience that even politely telling a seller that their bike has a bent fork can result in profanity and insulting replies.
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It's a PR10, which uses the same seamed fork as a UO8. It shouldn't be too hard to find a replacement. There's a lot of white UO8's out there.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
It's a PR10, which uses the same seamed fork as a UO8. It shouldn't be too hard to find a replacement. There's a lot of white UO8's out there.
Ya, but what has happened to the frame when the fork was bent?
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Sometimes a bike with bent forks will ride fine....
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Pictures can do funny things to angles. The fork on this bike is not bent:

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WOW! That is the most amazingly large spoke protector I have EVER SEEN!

Looks a little off center, however.

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This is what I was doing earlier this morning . . . The car jack proved quite effective in applying a reverse moment to the "axle", and the plank cushioned the threaded portion of the steerer tube just enough.

(BTW - This came off a bike I bought from eBay, but at the price I paid for it, I can not complain).

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WOW! That is the most amazingly large spoke protector I have EVER SEEN!

Looks a little off center, however. :
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Pictures can do funny things to angles. The fork on this bike is not bent:

Honestly, that one doesn't look bent to me compared to the one on ebay. I can easily spot the difference.
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Nah...can't be.

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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Pictures can do funny things to angles. The fork on this bike is not bent:

No but fix the saddle for heavens sake!
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Nah...can't be.

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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
This is what I was doing earlier this morning . . . The car jack proved quite effective in applying a reverse moment to the "axle", and the plank cushioned the threaded portion of the steerer tube just enough.

(BTW - This came off a bike I bought from eBay, but at the price I paid for it, I can not complain).

I've straightened a fork by taking the whole fork-and-frame, putting the ends of the fork between the rungs of an aluminum ladder, and pulling on the back of the frame to bend the fork to the desired position. Quick, easy and ended up with great results.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
That's a Raleigh Magnum Wreckus. A nod to Hetchins and Bates.
Is that to sat that I ruined a Very Rare Vintage Rudge™ by straightening the fork?

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I've straightened a fork by taking the whole fork-and-frame, putting the ends of the fork between the rungs of an aluminum ladder, and pulling on the back of the frame to bend the fork to the desired position. Quick, easy and ended up with great results.
^ Even simpler!
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
This is what I was doing earlier this morning . . . The car jack proved quite effective in applying a reverse moment to the "axle", and the plank cushioned the threaded portion of the steerer tube just enough.

(BTW - This came off a bike I bought from eBay, but at the price I paid for it, I can not complain).

Brilliant! Filed this pic away for future use. I would have never considered a bike with an even slightly bent for before, maybe I need to rethink that? Slightly that is.

Just for fun, can we see the bike?
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Brilliant! Filed this pic away for future use. I would have never considered a bike with an even slightly bent for before, maybe I need to rethink that? Slightly that is.

Just for fun, can we see the bike?
Thank you Khatfull. .You'll have to wait for the "after"pictures to see the bike. It's a ~72 Fuji Special Racer in green, pretty well worn but still a very nice looking bike. I need to find a replacement wheel set though, so it could be a while.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Pictures can do funny things to angles. The fork on this bike is not bent:

I see your fork and giant spoke protector and raise you a chainring protector :

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Love the combination of both the dork disk and ring disk! Not to mention the HB! The more I look at that picture the more speechless I become.
Personally I prefer the esthetics of a bent fork over a straight fork.
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E,

^ That is a piece of art! Thanks for posting it.
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