Well, I finally got the bike I've been drooling over for years, an Electra Rat Rod with 3 speed and coaster brake. (Hey, everybody's god different dreams, OK? ) I have a bunch of bicycle experience from adjusting deraileurs on old 10 speeds, building bmx'ers, etc, as a kid, but wanted something that I'd never have to pick up a wrench so the nexus hub seemed appealing.
Unfortunately, my Rat Rod has been more trouble than many of my junkyard bikes. The bike shop built it, but I was not impressed with the build from the start. Everything seems loose, but the most crucial thing was teh rear wheel. When I stand up to really accelerate, which is something I enjoy, the wheel gets pulled forward in its horizontal drop out and the chain falls off.... Ouch! So I tensioned the chain myself, and tightened the rear wheel down pretty good, but was afraid that the hollow axle of the electra hub would be weaker than a regular bmxer. The other day, it came off again!
So my questions are:
Do I have to worry about bending/stripping the axle of the electra hub any more than I do a regular hub, considering that the shifting rod passes through the axle?
If I have to be gentle, is there any way to get the right tightness without buying a torque wrench?
Or do I just have to stop standing up and pedalling my brand new, supposedly indestructible cruiser bike? This spring, I would estimate my weight at 250 pounds, with a decent gut, but some fairly strong legs from carrying all this weight up and down my many stairs. Is this just too much force for that little axle nut? I guess if that's the case, I'll be half proud and half disappointed