front axle binding?

Paul Heim pmheimjr at
Sun Jul 22 13:53:00 PDT 2012

My biggest nuisance/thing that needs to be corrected after mounting the 
front wheel is getting the odometer part oriented correctly, usually 
requiring a partial retract of the axle to correct.  It's obvious if it's 
wrong, so I doubt it's causing your binding issue, but it's worth checking. 
Good luck.  Personally, I find getting the back wheel and axle into place to 
be one of my most "character-building" exercises.

Paul in Ohio

-----Original Message----- 
From: Drew Blanchard
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2012 4:14 PM
To: Paul Heim
Subject: front axle binding?

I feel like a real newbie for asking this question, but I'd rather be safe
than sorry.

Just had new tires installed (Dunlop Roadsmart IIs) and had a helluva time
getting the front wheel back on the bike.  After much wailing and gnashing
of teeth (and more than a few choice profanities, and maybe a wrench or two
hurled across the garage), I finally got everything lined up, and hand
tightened the front axle.  After the frustrations I experienced, I figured
I ought to spin the front wheel a few times to see how smoothly everything
rotated.  Problem is, the front wheel stops almost as soon as I release it.
I haven't reinstalled the front calipers yet, so I assumed this would
free-wheel for a while, but it doesn't.  I put a bit of white lithium
grease on the axle before I installed it, too.  I can't say for certain how
smoothly or easily the wheel spun before I removed it, but my instincts say
it was moving freely before.

Thoughts?  At this point, I figure I'll have to remove and reinstall the
axle (much as I don't want to repeat the annoying process) but I'm not sure
what I need to do differently.

Drew in VT
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