Originally Posted by jsharr
You only have to turn them backwards if wheel is touching the ground. Also, turning backwards leaves the wheel stationary. I reall dont like to have my fingers around all those finger eating spokes less than an inch away from my chain.
.. and not all of us have bike service stands, they are very expensive!
If you can afford one, brilliant. If not make do the old way, as it was done 25 years ago before bike stands became 'sorta' affordable.
But holding the wheel of the ground... turning the cranks... umm... no hand left to lube or clean the chain!
But no... it is not a dumb question. The drive chain is designed to work in forwards way, so a bike stand will make it easier to set up grears for one. When I am setting mine I have to turn the bike upside down... but I always have to tweak them later, just a little bit, a bike stand makes it easier to get them right first time.
But I say again... they are too expensive, and I cannot justify the cost of one yet... but give me time