My girlfriend got a new city bike today and she touches the front wheel every time she has to make a hard turn.
Is there anyway to avoid this besides replacing the whole bike?
LATER EDIT: I think I found my answer here.
Bicycles Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who build and repair bicycles, people who train cycling, or commute on bicycles. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
This is a common problem, but really not a big deal. I've usually heard it called "toe overlap". I have it on all my bikes.
Basically, it's a bit shocking the first time it happens, but you get used to it. It's no big deal. If you're simply aware that it can happen at slow speeds, you'll avoid it easily enough. Since it can only happen at slow speeds, it's not particularly dangerous.
It's most common on racing-style road bikes due to their short wheelbase or on smaller frame bikes. Big tires and/or fenders can make it more likely. Big feet and shoes that stick forward of your toes very far also make it more likely.
Possible solutions include:
As in the link that OP posted and the suggestions here most of the actions focus on changing the riding technique. There is one other option mentioned in the link and one that I thought of should the new technique be no solution.
Just make sure your fork is oriented the correct direction. I bought a Spot bike, and when it arrived to my house the factory had put the fork on the wrong direction. Actually, they put the handle bars on the wrong direction, and when they oriented the handle bars correctly it turns the fork 180 degrees in the wrong direction. This isn’t immediately obvious, and all you may notice is that the pedal hits the front tire.