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Old 04-10-07, 05:59 PM   #1
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Changing rear wheels ... how fast ?

How fast can you change your rear wheel ? I am sure you have seen bike mechanics on pro tours change a pro cyclist's rear wheel in a matter of seconds. Just curious because it takes me a good 1-2 minutes changing (swap) my rear wheel. Not sure if there is a technique in doing it.
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I suck at it too....can never get the damn chain/derailleur thing figured out.
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Big ring, small cog helps.
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That it does...but I still suck at it.
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Old 04-10-07, 06:10 PM   #5
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I suck at it too....can never get the damn chain/derailleur thing figured out.
Not only that .. by the time I am done my hands are all dirty
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Yeah...I hate that. I really need to remember to bring wipes.
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Without tossing your wheel (being gentle) you should have no problem doing it in under 20 seconds. Its a matter of controllig the rear derailleur with your thumb.
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1-2 minutes????

I'm not the best mechanic around by any means, but I don't think that it should take more than 10-20 seconds.
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You should just be able to pop the wheel out with a tap, or pull the rear derailleur out of the way and the wheel will almost drop out.
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Yup ... it takes me at least a minute.

I am glad that some of you folks can do it in a about 20 seconds because I thought only a pro can do it that quickly. Do you remove the rear wheel with QR skewer in the hub or do you take the skewer out first ?

I did a quick seach in the bike mechanic forum and I could not find any useful info so I thought I'd post it here.
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Open quick release, spin bolt to loosen, press derailleur body back, pull wheel out of dropouts, move wheel towards non drive side to allow you to clear the chain, and viola.
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Yup ... it takes me at least a minute.

I. Do you remove the rear wheel with QR skewer in the hub or do you take the skewer out first ?

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The skewer definitely stays in the hub. All you have to do is flip the QR open. Taking the skewer out would add a lot of nunecessary time.

Practical answer to this question is: 1) Crit, doesn't take enough time to really worry about.
2) RR, takes more time than I can bridge back up 95% of the time.
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1 to 2 minutes???
Are you stopping for lunch halfway through?

7 secs. I'll put it on YouTube soon.
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Do you remove the rear wheel with QR skewer in the hub or do you take the skewer out first ?
you leave it in otherwise it's not a quick release.

like the others have said shift to the smallest cog when you pull the wheel out. when you put it back in grab the derailleur with your right hand and pull it back putting tension on the chain. bring the wheel into place and guide it up so that the chain sits onto the smallest cog. it usually falls into place from there, especially if your brakes are set right you won't even need to open the quick release on the caliper
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I find it fastest to do it while in small ring small cog. This give the most slack in the chain and relaxes the RD making it easy to remove the wheel and put the wheel back in. I bet I can do this in less then 15 seconds if I wasn't under the gun and all sorts of spazzy (like in a RR.)
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I work in a shop and in a stand like 5-10 second from holding the rear wheel to clamping it in the dropouts.

pull the RD back and put the wheel in at a little angle first, put it on the ground and put weight over the wheel before you clamp the skewer.
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About 10 seconds if unhurried and no snags.

15-20 seconds if things aren't right.

Rae Dawn Chong (Cheech's daughter) changed a wheel on film in 10 seconds. If she can, you can

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Rae Dawn Chong (Cheech's daughter) changed a wheel on film in 10 seconds. If she can, you can
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Um, she's Tommy Chong's daughter. Not Cheech. Or her name would be Rae Dawn Cheech.

She did the wheel change on the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.
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Um, she's Tommy Chong's daughter. Not Cheech. Or her name would be Rae Dawn Cheech.

She did the wheel change on the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.
Marin, you mean.
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Here's my demo video. There is no need to touch any part of the drivetrain. In one shot, I catch the chain on purpose to show that you don't need to touch the chain to fix a mistake. These installs are not done for speed, but for illustration. I can do it quicker than this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxHXreuOLFM



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Here's my demo video. There is no need to touch any part of the drivetrain. In one shot, I catch the chain on purpose to show that you don't need to touch the chain to fix a mistake. These installs are not done for speed, but for illustration. I can do it quicker than this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxHXreuOLFM


needs some john tesh muzac, with sweeping helicopter shots of austin skyline, and you have a winner.
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needs some john tesh muzac, with sweeping helicopter shots of austin skyline, and you have a winner.
Ok. It's not John Tesh, but this is the best I could do... how's this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyNnergonx4


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Here's my demo video. There is no need to touch any part of the drivetrain. In one shot, I catch the chain on purpose to show that you don't need to touch the chain to fix a mistake. These installs are not done for speed, but for illustration. I can do it quicker than this:
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