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Old 03-16-10, 10:12 PM   #1
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Removing rear wheel on a track frame

Hey i tried search and nothing turned up,

Lately both of my track bikes have been flatting a lot. Is there an easier way to remove the back wheel then breaking the chain before i unscrew everything?

if there is another thread about this already please point me there

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Old 03-16-10, 10:22 PM   #2
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Hey i tried search and nothing turned up,

Lately both of my track bikes have been flatting a lot. Is there an easier way to remove the back wheel then breaking the chain before i unscrew everything?

if there is another thread about this already please point me there

Thanks
You don't need to break the chain. Unless you had initially set the chain up so tight that you cannot remove the chain off the cog/chainring even with the wheel in the fully forward position. In which case the solution is to cut a chain that allows you to do so.
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Old 03-17-10, 01:40 AM   #3
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You don't need to break the chain. Unless you had initially set the chain up so tight that you cannot remove the chain off the cog/chainring even with the wheel in the fully forward position. In which case the solution is to cut a chain that allows you to do so.
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Don't do initial set-up with the wheel bottoming out in the full-forward position in the dropouts, keep a gap of maybe 1/2" or so.
In case of a flat, loosen axle nuts, slide wheel forward and lift chain off sprocket.
Sometimes that is enough to be able to tease the wheel out, sometimes you have to lift the chain of the chainring too first.
Either way, no need to break the chain to get the rear wheel out.

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Old 03-18-10, 06:38 AM   #4
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You should add one link to the chain if you must break the chain to remove the rear wheel. Try taking the wheel off without breaking the chain first.
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