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Old 06-09-12, 12:55 AM   #1
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story of a FAIL >:C

just now on my way home from work I came to an almost catastrophic stop . I was in traffic and all of a sudden what felt like my breaks slaming on my rear wheel even though a didn't touch them . I got off my bike and expected can't find what's wrong . It is my rear wheel and it has turned to the right so far that its rubbing almost stuck to the chain stays any idea what's up ??? Possibly helpful info it seems almost bent to the right though the rim is not bent. It's "bent " in the direction where my pannier hangs I.e. where the weight is I have maybe 15-20lbs hanging on it and another 5 max from a lunch box ontop of the rack . What I think maybe the rear drop out bent outward although doesn't look so and second maybe hub bent ?? Idk if anyone can help asap I'd be greatfull . Oh and the bike is am 1988 roadish bike I don't think it is ment to carry things since no dedicated rack mounts just fender mounts and I have aluminum Rims . HELP!!!!!!
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Old 06-09-12, 01:30 AM   #2
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Most probably the wheel has slid loose in the horizontal dropouts and thus is not held straight in the frame. Easy fix, just remount it and tighten the quick release properly. Also possible a broken axle, easy to check by removing the wheel and seeing if the axle falls out of the hub in 2 pieces.
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Old 06-09-12, 02:17 AM   #3
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thank you ill see whats wrong when i get home and post an update if none of those are an issue. hopefully i didnt mess up the wheel trying to kick it in place :/. I dont have a QR on the rear it requires a wrench idk if that rules out the slipping issue
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it happens to me all the time and the solution mentioned above always fixes it
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Could be the bearing also. If the bearing on one side seized up then it will pull the tire one way or the other. But as xenologer said it could be the Axle.
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it happens to me all the time and the solution mentioned above always fixes it
It shouldn't be happening all the time. If it is, I would be terrified.
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The above suggestions about axle position in the drop outs and/or a broken axle are a good start.
You sound kind of new to bicycle maintenance and because this is such a potentially serious safety related issue I would strongly recommend consulting with someone (local bike shop, bike nut friend) about a through inspection of your bike and to double check any fix you make.
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thank you all fro your in put. when i got home i began to adress possible issues and when i went to lossen rear bolts and discovered that the bolton the op. side to which the tire was turning so the side with the gears was loose i put the wrench on and i didnt even have to turn it so the bolt would move it wasnt even finger tight so i straitened out the tire tightened both sides evenly and hope that was theproblem i road it around its fine didnt try it loaded but will tomorrow and ilk take some tools too. I took it in to the shop today for a new RD cable and housing but forgotbto ask for an inspection. yeah im new to bike mec. i want to learn though it seems like fun alot of detailed tweeking it seems like and that kind of work i greatly enjoy. also kicking tire = untrued wheel not badly srill ridable withouvh issues but needsto be fixed. thank again to you all
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