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Old 09-11-09, 11:30 AM
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out of alignment front wheel

my front wheel isnt aligned with the fork frame, the whole wheel is shifted to the right a bit, but its straight still. my wheel has quick release on it, anyone know the problem? could it be my fork is bent in any way???
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Old 09-11-09, 11:47 AM
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Several possibilities - first make sure your wheel is fully seated in the dropouts before you tighten the quick release. If it is still off to one side, remove the wheel, flip it around and replace. Is it off to the same side or the opposite side? Same side = possible fork alignment issue, other side = wheel issue, check for dish. If it's the fork get your lbs to align it.
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It sounds like your wheel is dished to one side, which is more common in rear wheels to accommodate for big cassettes while still having the rolling surface centered in the dropouts.

It shouldn't be a problem, but if you want to you can always grab a spoke wrench and re-dish the wheel such that the rim is more centered in the fork. Just tighten the spokes which connect to the side of the hub you want the rim to move towards, and loosen the spokes connecting to the opposite side of the hub. Start with half a turn on all the spokes and see what it looks like.

Play around with it. Unless you've got super expensive rims you don't want to ruin or something, experimenting is the best way to get a feel for what you're changing. If you leave the wheel mounted on the bike, the brake can work as a ghetto trueing stand.

If you screw something up, it's like $15 to get your wheel re-dished/tensioned at the LBS. Go for it.
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^^
He said in another thread that he had a small accident, some kid crashing into his front wheel.
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Flip the wheel, if it is now off to the other side, true it up. If it is still sitting funny bring your fork to a decent shop or replace.

Or just bring it to the LBS and let them handle it.
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I had a pinched dropout that did that to my wheel, but it was so slight that the skewers covered up the gap completely. I just levered it out with a screwdriver and it's been fine.
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yeah i flipped it to the other side and its still shifted to the right, i guess this is fork damage, so any local bike shop can fix this? my local is a huge rip off so idk if i wanna send my bike there lmao..
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Old 09-13-09, 07:53 AM
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yeah i flipped it to the other side and its still shifted to the right, i guess this is fork damage, so any local bike shop can fix this? my local is a huge rip off so idk if i wanna send my bike there lmao..
Guess I am lucky, but have a LBS that loves to do stuff like straighten tweaked forks. Call and see if they have the rig to align a fork.
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I'm not sure anyone knows what happened. You should post some very clear pictures.
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