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Dropped bike and the steering problems

i was ran off the road last night and was forced to lay the bike down. the bike popped a curb and went into so grass. the handle bars are slightly bent downwards. my rear brake and shifter controls are bent outward. when my handlebars are laid in a straight line, the tire is facing to the right (alignment problem?). i was wondering what i should do about this alignment issue and what i need to adjust/fix thanks-tim
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Your forks may just be "tweaked" (hopefully not bent) place the front wheel against something solid , like a tree, so it won't turn, and try to shove the bars in the direction that would straighten them out. Shove hard. Sometimes loosening the upper and lower fork tube clamps makes this easier.

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kewl i hope it works, i will try this as soon as i heal a little more. what about the controls, should i just put them in a vice and bend them?
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kewl i hope it works, i will try this as soon as i heal a little more. what about the controls, should i just put them in a vice and bend them?

I hate to just say yes here, as it is possible to end up fracturing the metal. Most would reccomend that you heat the area up red hot where you wish to bend it, but that likely will screw up the plating on the piece.

Controls like the hand levers will break easily, but the shifter and brake pedal are fairly heavy chunks of metal, so I would say make sure you don't damage the mounting splines when sticking either in a vice, use a real long cheater bar for good leverage, and whatever you do, do not use a hammer to put the shift lever back on. The shaft is very suseptable to side forces and can be easily messed up.

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