Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Baton Rouge/New Orleans
Bikes: 2010 Torker T-300, with drop bars. I also have a vintage lugged Mercier 12 speed with downtube shifters that I'm crazy about. A repainted, rebuilt 1986 Raleigh Pursuit road bike
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how vital is an axle spacer? Will a slightly off-center axle go out of wack fast?
I have a rear wheel with AWC 3 speed hub. I had to remove the wheel from the frame to get a broken spoke fixed. The wheel was fixed and I put the bike back together again just fine. I rode it around for a day and when I got home I found a tiny black ring the thickness of a dime on the floor where I had taken it apart. The black ring was perfectly round and had no threading of any kind on it. I put it where I thought I wouldn't lose it, thinking I would re-assemble it when I had more time, but of course I lost the darn thing. Now I don't know if it's my imagination or not, but it seems that the wheel now has a slight tendency to work itself a little crooked in the dropouts after a good long ride. I thought I was screwing down the nuts pretty tight, but could a dime's thickness of washer make it unbalanced enough to notice??? I typically have a heavily laden pannier bag on the drive side of the bike, so might it just as easily be the off balance weight causing this impression?
If the tiny spacer is important enough to warrant replacement, I'm not absolutely certain which side of the hub it's supposed to go on! When I eyeball my chainline it looks pretty straight, and I know that my sprocket remains oriented the same way it was at the factory. The wheel just seems to work its way towards the LEFT chainstay ever so gradually. Do I just need to reset it in the dropouts again and it's all in my head?
I went to my local bike shop today asking for a thin spacer but they said just identifying the hub wasn't enough, that I need to take it in. I didn't tell them the whole story because I didn't want them to think I'm nuts. (Also there were two crazy expensive racing bikes ahead of me in the queue and I was maybe a little embarrased to explain the whole oddly complex 3-speed question) What do you all think?