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    Remounting a rear wheel and chain tension.

    I got a flat in my rear wheel yesterday and proceeded to change it. This was the first time I took the rear wheel off on this bike so I was curious about remounting the wheel and getting the chaintension and wheel alignment just right. After reinstalling the wheel, I feel like the chain tension was just a little looser than before I took the wheel off. I feel like there must be an old mechanics trick to getting the rear wheel on and aligned just right the first time. Is there?

    BTW, this is a single speed, freewheel bike with 700cx25 wheels.

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    horizontal dropouts I assume?

    there's not much to it, just a bunch of eyeballing.

    or you can resort to calliper measurements
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    Tugg Nutt or other other over the axle chain tensioner will be a big aid if you have track ends.

    http://www.surlybikes.com/parts/tuggnut_pop.html
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    Yep, you want a little sag, maybe 1/4". Not really a trick, just practice.

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    Be sure to turn the cranks and find the tightest spot. That is where you want to adjust the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldowales View Post
    Be sure to turn the cranks and find the tightest spot. That is where you want to adjust the chain.
    oooh good one!

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