Wheels Front Wheel is Angled

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by npk1977, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. npk1977

    npk1977 Guest

    Hey all,

    I recently bought an old schwinn cruiser. Its engine arrives on Wednesday. This weekend I was fixing it up, added new brakes, cleaned it, lubed the chain, etc.. However, I noticed a problem with the front wheel.

    If I stand over the bike, and look down at the front wheel, there is a line formed by the front fork going left/right. My wheel jets off at a strange angle (not 90deg) from the front fork. Now, the wheel spins true, I see very little wobble. So I'm confused. I bought a new fork, and the problem remains.

    Any ideas on how to fix this?

  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    is your axle bolt bent?
    is the axle bolt fully seated in the fork drop outs?
  3. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    sounds like the axle or the head tube
  4. npk1977

    npk1977 Guest

    Ok, so the axle bolt is bent eh? :( That means I need a new wheel?

    Thank you for your quick responses! Very helpful.
  5. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    so the axle is bent? were you asking or is yours bent? an axle is easy to replace.
  6. npk1977

    npk1977 Guest

    Ok --

    The axle was not bent, it turns out that the front fork was bent. I took a crescent wrench, bent it left and right, until I got the front wheel (almost) perfect. -- Thanks for the help.

    Hopefully I'll finish mounting this thing over the weekend and then I can start working on getting some nice regulated power out of the engine :)