[CR]Any tips on straightening a bent pedal spindle?

(Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley)

From: "Charles T. Young" <youngc@NetReach.Net>
To: "Classicrendezvous" <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2001 17:45:03 -0400
Subject: [CR]Any tips on straightening a bent pedal spindle?

I've pair of Lyotards, classic rattrap model, and one of the pedals is mildly bent. Any advice on whether these can be straightened sufficiently to be rideable? I suppose I could dismantle and chuck the spindle into a vice and see if I can tweak it a bit. Disadvantage of that approach is that I won't know how close it is until I reassemble the pedal. Alternately, I could take a beat old alloy Stronglight crank and thread the pedal on and attempt to straighten it without disassembling. This might allow me to check how far out it remains after bending. Naturally, it is a 14 mm spindle and I'm lacking a french threaded steel crankarm. I'm sure some of you folks have some clever ideas, tried or just imagined, that could help me out.

Thanks, Charlie Young Raining in Honeybrook, PA so I'm finally getting around to the PR-10L project (it'll have fenders).