how tight should the back wheel be on a fixie conversion
So I just finished building a conversion up two weeks ago and I got a really good tire from a friend so I was putting it on and he noticed that one of the nuts, the inside one, near the cone, had a large chip in it that was a little rusy; I took it off and it literally fell into two pieces. I replaced it but as I was tightening the wheel, he said I might be tightening too much; the outside nuts are starting to pancake slightly at the edges. Since it has horizontal dropouts I feel better crankin the tightness really high. On my track bike I don't go crazy. Am I going to keep cracking nuts (lol) or is it a flaw in their quality or something (the wheels are sorta newish and I usually keep my bike inside).
One of the original outer lock nuts on my rear Formula flip/flop hub fell apart on me, too. Ask your bike shop for replacements. The one's I replaced them with seemed to be of much stronger material.
Originally Posted by slopvehicle
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