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Old 08-28-12, 12:43 PM   #1
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Can't get rear wheel off of La Jolla cruiser bike!!!

Argghhh! I'm trying to replace the rear tube in my cheap Next La Jolla cruiser and it appears that after taking off the outer nuts, that the washers on the rear dropout are spot welded to the frame. The hub doesn't pop out.
Is this possible? Has anyone seen anything like this?
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Did you try hitting it?
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Might just be that the paint was soft when the wheel was installed. Could also be an aluminum nut, and it galvanized to the steel axle. Could also be that the wheel was installed with such torque that you need a breaker bar to remove it. You might try getting a wrench on the cone nut and trying to apply a little leverage in the opposite direction, or just get a breaker bar.
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Might just be that the paint was soft when the wheel was installed. Could also be an aluminum nut, and it galvanized to the steel axle. Could also be that the wheel was installed with such torque that you need a breaker bar to remove it. You might try getting a wrench on the cone nut and trying to apply a little leverage in the opposite direction, or just get a breaker bar.
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Argghhh! I'm trying to replace the rear tube in my cheap Next La Jolla cruiser and it appears that after taking off the outer nuts, that the washers on the rear dropout are spot welded to the frame. The hub doesn't pop out.
Is this possible? Has anyone seen anything like this?
Unlikely: I would wager that the washers are those slightly convex ones, that can bite really deeply into the frame (especially if it's aluminum alloy frame). You should be able to dislodge them with a lever of some kind.


BTW, I feel that this sort of question should be posted in the Bicycle Mechanics subforum.
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I feel that this sort of question should be posted in the Bicycle Mechanics subforum.
Agreed. Moving to mechanics.
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A nice wack with a hammer to force the axle out always works for me.
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The easiest way to dislodge the wheel so it slides out is to loosen the nuts, and push or tap it (hard) with your hands at the front between the chainstays. That rarely fails to jar it loose, and once free it'll slide out if pushed from the back.
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Thanks everyone for the help. I did end up getting it off, finally, thanks for the hammer advice. I think the biting washer bit a little hard and caused some rust then it was covered in grease, which made it look like a weld covered in black paint (to match the bike). I was boggled for a bit...but nothing like hitting it hard to solve the problem and a little bit of scratching the sticky area with a flathead screwdriver. Thanks again.
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Thanks everyone for the help. I did end up getting it off, finally, thanks for the hammer advice. I think the biting washer bit a little hard and caused some rust then it was covered in grease, which made it look like a weld covered in black paint (to match the bike). I was boggled for a bit...but nothing like hitting it hard to solve the problem and a little bit of scratching the sticky area with a flathead screwdriver. Thanks again.
I love those convex washers with serrated edge. Absolute best thing to keep your wheel from slipping in horizontal or track dropouts in the most extreme conditions. But I don't dislodge them by hitting the axle - I pry them away with a screwdriver or other lever, to avoid damaging the pain on the frame.
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