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Ever straightened forks?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by swee'pea99, 13 Mar 2008.

  1. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Forks, slightly bent out of true - not much...but too much to be ignored. Has anyone ever straightened bent forks and can offer some advice on how to go about it? Do I just grab a fork in each hand and pull? Or apply leverage somehow? Any advice very much appreciated. (Oh, by the way, these are old steel forks - nothing fancy.)
     
  2. OP
    OP
    swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Sorry, I've put this in the wrong section...I'll repost there. Apologies.
     
  3. xroads

    xroads New Member

    I would avoid straightening them, as it can cause weak fatigue points, which could be dangerous. You can pick up a cheap new pair for under £20 inc p&p from freemans.

    If you still wish to atttempt straightening them, heres some ideas:
    1. Dismantle and lay on a flat table, to check if fork legs are level.
    2. Measure the dropout width, should be same as wheel hub.
    3. tie a string between the fork dropouts, mark the half way point, and line up a steel rule with the brake hole, and the half way point. This should line up with the vertical stem.