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Front wheel allignment

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by sunite, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. after a fall from the bike (about 40-60kms) the handlebars were twisted, the rear brake pedal bent and the clutch leaver broken off getting all these fixed the handling of the bike is never the same again.

    i replaced the handlebars and the leaver, and had to heat and twist back the brake pedal, with all this replaced the steering is still off centre and it feels so vague compared to what it was before, that is it was tight and feedback was good. a question is how to get the steering repostioned back into centre and (hopefully) the handling of the back to what it was before?

    is a wheel allignment what is needed or should soemthing else (front end overhall?)

  2. Have you checked if the forks are straight?
  3. At a minimum you are going to have to undo everything in the front end and do it back up again (not the steering head however). Whilst the triple clamps are loose you should pull the forks and check their straightness. It's sometimes hard to see when they are on the bike and there is only a small bend.
  4. There is a way of doing it, that is hard to describe. Any good bike mechanic will be able to do it for you.
  5. Which way are you referring to Rog?

    The technique with the piece of string, the stop watch and the boiled egg? Or the one with the plank, the giraffe and the dwarf on the bicycle?

    Although personally I wouldn't have thought either were that hard to describe.
  6. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
  7. Removing the break calipers, undoing the fork tube stay bolts and lining the front wheel up with a tree is the bushman way to get you on the road and tracking straight again while you get an appointment with your mechanic. Oh, dont forget to do everything back up!