front axle binding?
M & J Mason
masonjs at nrtco.net
Sun Jul 22 15:54:53 PDT 2012
When I re and re the wheels on a bike with a centre stand I use a 2nd jack.
I have a car jack from an Olds Vista Cruiser that lost its life in a local
demolition derby. I place the jack under the exhaust manifold at the front
of the engine. I place a short piece of wood on top of the jack. I raise
the jack just enough to hold the wood in place then remove the axle from the
front wheel. Then I raise the jack about 2 inches to remove the wheel and
tire from under the fender. When I'm replacing the front wheel I can raise
or lower the wheel in small increments to put the f#$@K&n axle in place.
Doing the rear wheel I place the jack in the same position but it doesn't
get used until I'm replacing the wheel. I get the wheel in under the
fender, get the chain, brakes and spacers in place the use the jack to align
the various openings to accept the axle.
I will admit this is a hell of a lot easier to write then it is to do.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Drew Blanchard" <drewblanchard at gmavt.net>
To: "Jim Mason" <MASONJS at nrtco.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2012 4:14 PM
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
> 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
> 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
> smoothly or easily the wheel spun before I removed it, but my instincts
> 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
> what I need to do differently.
> Drew in VT
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