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    Broken Axle

    I broke my rear axle on my roady, I replaced it already.
    But how did that happen? I dont understand. It was broken in half, on the hubside of the chainside cone.

    Does that happen to other people?
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    It's happened to me, twice. After the second time I switched to a solid rear axle, which solved the problem for good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumparoo View Post
    It's happened to me, twice. After the second time I switched to a solid rear axle, which solved the problem for good.
    It used to be fairly common with freewheel-style hubs but is much less so with cassettes. Solid rear axles are no solution since 1) the small amount of extra material in the center adds almost no strength, and 2) many (but not all) solid axles are made of inferior metal to QR axles that are usually higher quality. My first broken axle was on my Varsity which used a solid axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    <snip> Solid rear axles are no solution <snip>
    It solved the problem in my case; I never broke an axle again. This was back in the 80's, and on a freewheel type hub.

    Thanks for the info, though. It means I can probably stop waiting for the axle in my current cassette type hub to break.

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    so should i buy a new quick release sleeve to get the better quality metal? I just replaced it with an old one.

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    You mean the QR skewer? It doesn't contribute anything to the axle-strength since the axle has to bend first before any forces are transmitted to the QR skewer.

    Check your frame dropouts to make sure they're parallel. Is your rear-hub a cassette or freewheel version?

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    You mean the QR skewer? It doesn't contribute anything to the axle-strength since the axle has to bend first before any forces are transmitted to the QR skewer.

    Check your frame dropouts to make sure they're parallel. Is your rear-hub a cassette or freewheel version?
    Its a cassette.. and i mean should i buy a new hollow metal thing that broke? I've always called it a sleeve. The skewer goes through this peice of metal.

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    that sleeve is an hollow axle. most of the strength from a cylindrical object comes from the outside diameter.

    take it to a shop, they should have the part, it's a fairly common piece.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Axles under normal load and use break...

    ...not because they are hollow...

    ...but because...

    1. Your dropouts are not properly aligned...
    2. Closing the quick release forces the axle to bend to align with the droputs...
    3. A bump or impact finishes the job...SNAP!


    Go to your local LBS...and have the the dropouts checked and re-aligned. It's a five minute job - typically costs between 8.00 and 16.00 at most shops.

    (The tools in question look like T-handles with adjustable cylinders on the end.)

    =8-)

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    Axles under normal load and use break...

    ...not because they are hollow...

    ...but because...

    1. Your dropouts are not properly aligned...
    2. Closing the quick release forces the axle to bend to align with the droputs...
    3. A bump or impact finishes the job...SNAP!
    Is this the only reason they break?
    Can i do this dropout realignment myself? Is is that they are too close or far apart or different heights? Wouldnt this spacing depend on the spacers on my axle? I cant find any posts on how to do this alignement

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    well my friend broke one intentionally biking into a tennis court net and flipping over..
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    Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?

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    yeah, they'll do that. they're not made of adamantium.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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