just bought a tandem the other day, (yes, I have posted this in the tandem section too, I'd like some more opinions because it's not very populated)
the axle on the back hub was bent when I got it, so I went and got the hub rebuilt and they put a new axle in. I rode the bike home. We took it out for it's first ride and the axle bent worse than it was before within 2 miles of riding
What can cause this? I took it back and they said they'd subtract the labor and parts off of whatever it took to fix it again. It did take him a while to dig out an axle that would fit. It leads me to believe he didn't install it correctly. Maybe he didn't tighten the lugs enough? I dunno.
I can't really afford a tandem specific hub, not to mention it's a 36 hole with 12 gauge spokes on a five speed drivetran.
Do I let them rebuild it again for free and hope it doesn't happen all over again, or do I suck it up and get a new hub? if so, what hub?
The guy at the shop talked about "oh you know how these cheap hubs are" but if it is the hub that came with the bike, it should work just fine (and it is) It didn't have that many miles on it, that I could tell just from the condition of the bike. It had just been sitting a long time.