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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Rock Springs, WY
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Originally Posted by New Timer
I don't even know how to take the wheel off. The quick release still does not free the wheel. The brake pads must be lossened or something. And do I put oil or grease, which one, on the chain and sprockets. And how do I tighten the chain.
Yes, you'll have to release the brakes. I'd guess your bike will have v-brakes or cantilevers, as I don't recall many Motiv road bikes. Just look up v-brakes or cantilever brakes and you'll find instructions. The fork may also have lips that keep the wheel from coming out. You may have to unscrew the QR a few revolutions to get it loose enough to clear the lips.
Oil the chain, but not the sprockets, they'll get more than enough oil from the chain.
It's doubtful your chain is too loose unless your rear deraileur is misadjusted, broken or worn OR the original chain has been replaced with one that's too long at some point. The chain can be shortened by removing links. Make sure you don't take too many out, however. Sheldon has an article on chain length - read it several times before removing links from chain.
Last edited by LesterOfPuppets; 10-26-09 at 03:16 PM.