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    hub overhaul question

    hi folks,

    Last night I took apart/repacked my front hub, first time after a few years of riding. It all went smoothly, a little too smoothly maybe. My book (Zinn art of mtn bike maint) made it sound like the final adjustment would be a tedious process. I put everything back together again, and it sounded, well, like it sounded before. I tweaked it a couple times, no change that I could notice. Put it back on my bike each time, the wheel spun fine. Rode it to work this morning, no problems. The only difference I could notice is that the front brakes squeal like never before.

    So the question: how do you tell when the final adjustment is right? The book really wasn't clear, except when it sounds/spins right.

    Thanks a bunch

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    It's a subjective/feel thing. If you can feel any indexing at all as it spins it is too tight.
    Ideally you want a minute amount of play after your final adjustment to compensate for the preloading exerted by the frame or fork on the hub when mounted in the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo
    It's a subjective/feel thing. If you can feel any indexing at all as it spins it is too tight.
    Ideally you want a minute amount of play after your final adjustment to compensate for the preloading exerted by the frame or fork on the hub when mounted in the bike.
    With a quick release hub, this is indeed the correct strategy.
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    ^
    Sorry, should have specified that.

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    Thanks for the responses, guys, sounds like a practice makes perfect thing, I'll keep tinkering.

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    I'm a newbie at bicycle maintenance. What is "indexing" as used in your sentence?
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    Kirk, practice does help. I'm sure you'll get it.
    Indexing is where it feels like there are little detents as it spins-this is probably a lousy analogy, but picture the way a socket wrench feels as you turn it. It's kind of like that but much less pronounced.

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