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    Installing the rear wheel

    Here are the steps recommended in Zinn & The art of road bike maintenance to install the rear wheel.

    1. Check to make sure that the rear derailleur is shifted to its outermost position.
    2. Slip the wheel between the seatstays and between the brake pads. Maneuver the upper section of chain onto the smallest cog.
    3. Set the bike down on the rear wheel.
    4. As you let the bike drop down, pull the rear derailleur back with your right hand and pull the axle ends back into the dropouts with your index fingers. Use your thumbs to push forward on the rear dropouts, which should now slide over the axle ends.

    ? It is standing with face facing the saddle ? Kneeing with my body on the right end side of the bike ?

    I am a bit confused on the the step #4. I donít know where to place my hands and mostlikely, I am in a bad position. What is the best position to install the rear wheel. It is standing with face facing the saddle ? Kneeing with my body on the right end side of the bike ?

    When it say to pull the axle ends back into the dropouts with your index fingers, is it the index fingers of both hands ? Which hands goes where ? !!!

    After, it says use your thumbs to push forward on the rear dropouts, is it with both thumbs ?

    Waiting for your advice to make my life easier ! As you can see, I am not ready to work in a bike shop !!

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    I've always found it to be easier if you just flip the bike and install it from there. Just stand to the side of it and it's at a reasonable level.

    In both places, you would use both hands - as the goal is to get both sides of the axel seated evenly with respect to the dropouts/frame/etc.

    hope that helped clear it up

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    I used to flip my bike to install the wheels but now i don't. Oddly, I don't recall when i switched or why i did, but I know that i don't any more. Flipping it isn't very convenient out on the road. Especially if you are carrying gear on the bike.

    If you are new, i would say to flip it over and do it that way until you are more experienced.

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    Those instructions are written from the viewpoint that is used most - standing directly BEHIND the bike. Your face will line up with the tire. Both hands will reach out to the axel of the wheel. Hold hands out palms down (thumbs towards inside). Reach forward, grab axel in both hands, place thumbs on back of droupouts on frame. Pull axel back/up (depending on the shape of your specific droupouts) while rotating the Rear Derailler towards the rear of the bike (towards you) with your pinky and ring finger on the right hand.

    Easy when you get used to it. A little muscle may be needed to overcome chain/RD tension.

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    I didn't know people still flipped their bikes to remove and re-install wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    I didn't know people still flipped their bikes to remove and re-install wheels.
    I used to do that as a kid...it's really hard on the saddle, stem, bars, computer, brake lever hoods, etc.... Bikes aren't designed to have their tops in contact with the road...maybe they should, when's Paris-Roubaix?

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