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Old 07-13-11, 08:21 PM   #1
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Removing front wheel on a old raleigh sports

Ran into a hurdle trying to get the front wheel off to change a flat on my 69 raleigh sports. Loosened the two front bolts but it doesnt want to come off. I spent alot of time looking on how to remove one of theses on google but nothing comes up, just a bunch of tutorials on how to twist off a quick release.. pretty annoying
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Old 07-13-11, 08:23 PM   #2
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Spread the fork a little, the cones are recessed into it a bit.
I learned that trick at this website;
http://sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs/index.html
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As sailorbenjamin says, make sure you visit the Sheldon Brown website, the cones have a lip that fits into a recess in the forks to prevent wheel from falling out when someone forgets to tighten the nuts. The hub has a right and left side also. The right side cone bottoms out on the axle so the bearing adjustments are done with the left cone.
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thanks guys.....yes there is an adjustable nut on the left and non adjustable on the right.... I tried to loosen the adjustable one until i could wiggle it a little, and the one on right stayed really tight so i wedged a wrench between the spokes and the fork to to spread the fork out a little, then it popped right out. Seems like you dont even need two nuts to hold the front wheel in the way its so tight. Very interesting suttle design that i guess makes the bike more safer to ride.

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