Saturday, August 05, 2006
REMOVING THE FORK FROM THE FRAME
REMOVING THE FORK FROM THE BICYCLE FRAME Here you have a step by step guide on how to remove the fork. You can't repaint a bike properly without doing that. At the same time you will be able to clean out all the parts and you can regrease the bearings. While you are cleaning them, if any ball bearing fall out of the bearing crown, it will need to be replaced. Just bring this with you at your local bike shop so you can get the proper size. You can also clean and polish the chrome parts and store them until reassembly. One way to remove rust from chrome is to use a fine steel wool with lemon furniture polish. The polish will lubricate the surface and keep the scratches to a minimum. A note on removing the bearing cups from the frame, don't wack them too hard and go around to distribute the energy. They will come out slowly. Bearing cups come out when they want to, you can't rush this.
Next article, we'll be removing and disassembling the one piece crank bottom bracket.