Destroyer of Wheels
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Creating some FA-Qs
Bikes: Nishiki Sport, Downtube IXNS, 1950's MMB3 Russian Folding Bike, MTB
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Filing front fork to fit new rim on a vintage bike?
Ahh, the adventures
Bought new wheels for my Russian made vintage folding bike. This project involves the front wheel - the new wheel's axle is slightly too wide for the groove in the fork. (Found this out of course after I went and had the wheel trued - though I got to see how it was done and now all the instructions I've seen online make much more sense!)
I went out to a hardware store and bought a small Dremel diamond point to file the fork down. I figure I can put that on my electric drill and run around the inside groove of the fork once, check the wheel, run around again, check the wheel, etc... Second option would be to file the bolt on the axle a little bit (looks to be too wide with the threads). I like the idea of making the frame take a standard wheel then a standard wheel being made to fit the frame.
I can't replace the fork because of how it's made so that option's out.
The only other thing I should mention is that the rim came with two sets of bolts - it looks like the first set (from the inside out) help lock the axle on. There's another rounded but with a groove nut that's right up against the wheel. The fork is narrow enough that I would have to remove that first set of bolts but it seems that if the wheel was bolted on it wouldn't unthread. Am I right on that?
I've now put down the Dremel and wanted to ask you all if you thought this was a good or bad idea.