Wore out three sets of tires already!
- Jul 17, 2015
- Charlotte NC
In restoring my 56 British Gazelle there was an issue with a bent fork. Don't have a fancy gadget made out of a car bumper jack, so fashioned a fork straightener out of a bunch of parts from the local hardware store for less that $10: 2 large turnbuckles, 2 eyebolts big enough to thread into the turnbuckles and fit over the crank axle, (for a US bike a piece of strong round stock through the holes in the fixed and adjustable cups would work) some scrap chain I had laying around and threaded rod/wingnuts/washers to put in the fork dropouts. The picture tells the story and can be easily replicated to suit your needs. Rather than pushing the fork out, the fork is flipped around and the dropouts are pulled toward to bottom bracket to pull them into alignment. Tension can be placed on each fork blade individually with an open ended wrench on the turnbuckle while using a screwdriver to keep the eyebolt closest to the fork from moving. In my case it removed a twist as well as the obvious bend. 1st picture is before, 2nd picture during, 3rd picture after fork has been straightened and the 4th picture is the completed bike. Notice the space between the fender and downtube to see the improvement!