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Old 08-19-06, 02:58 PM   #1
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Raleigh 3 speed front wheel

Hey Kids,
I let my friend borrow my 1970 Raliegh Sports 3 speed. Of course, he flatted out the front tire almost immediately. So now as I loosen the nuts on the front wheel, the wheel is refusing to budge out of the dropouts. Is there something I am missing here? The nuts are loose, but the wheel will not move. What is going on here?
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Old 08-19-06, 03:19 PM   #2
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Hey Kids,
I let my friend borrow my 1970 Raliegh Sports 3 speed. Of course, he flatted out the front tire almost immediately. So now as I loosen the nuts on the front wheel, the wheel is refusing to budge out of the dropouts. Is there something I am missing here? The nuts are loose, but the wheel will not move. What is going on here?
Thanks,
J
With bike on the ground, stand over front of wheel, bend down, spread the fork blades, and pull the bike up. The adjustable cones on the hub have a small lip on the outside that center - and lock - the hub & wheel in the dropouts. Spreading the forks will take care of it.

If you're not working in a workstand (in which case, just spread the fork blades while it's up there), be sure to have something a foot tall or so (a chair, perhaps) to rest the dropouts on. You may not realize it until the wheel is off, but that front fender sits considerably lower then the dropouts...

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when you reinstall the wheel, make sure the cone with the wrench flats is on the nondrive side. you may have to readjust the hub before locking down the axle nuts as well, because there are no locknuts to keep it in adjustment.
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