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Recently I wrecked my bike and after i got back on it I noticed when my handle bars pointed straight the bike went right because the wheel was twisted. I Got off the bike and turn the handlebar completely to one side and kicked the side of the tire. Well it straightened up and I went on riding but now I feel like my bike has an issue that will haunt me down the road. What's caused this?

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the wheel literally just twisted in the triple clamps. kicking it straight was a ok "trail fix" but to release all the tension you want to loosen the axel and axel pinch bolts maybe the tripple clamp pinchers too. then give it a shake to release any odd movements, re tighten and you are good to go. 

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1. Loosen the front axle clamps, and the axle nut. 

 

2. Loosen the lower triple clamp bolts. 

 

3. Grab a handfull of front brake. Pump the forks up and down several times, pushing them as far down into the travel as you can. You'll feel the action get smoother as the tubes re-align themselves. 

 

4. Tighten the triple clamp bolts first. Use a torque wrench. Over-tightening these bolts by even a small amount distorts the tubes slightly, which will cause the bushings to pinch as the forks compress, causing a harsh mid-stroke spike in the fork action. Over-tightening these bolts by a lot will break the clamps. 

 

5. Tighten the axle by holding the nut and spinning the axle with a hex socket on a torque wrench. This will ensure that the axle is perfectly aligned in the forks. Always use a torque wrench. Over-tightening the axle will shorten the life of the wheel bearings.

 

6. Tighten the axle clamps.

 

This method will ensure perfect fork tube alignment, which will in turn ensure correct front wheel alignment. If the wheel and fork tubes are still mis-aligned after this, then either a fork tube or a triple clamp is bent.

 

If you have rubber bar mounts, make sure they are tight and straight as well.

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I was thinking that the bars twisted in the mounts...assuming you have rubber bar mounts! You didn't say what bike you have, so it's mostly just a guessing game. If you do have rubber bar mounts (CR/KX style) then you can cure this problem by getting a solid top clamp, this may keep this from happening again.

 

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