Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Originally Posted by Apeynard
I'll post pictures tonight when I get home if that would help!
That'll probably help. Is the axle too big to fit into the dropouts (places where the axles are SUPPOSED to go)? If so, it MAY be possible to file the dropouts bigger, but I'd be cautious. The FS is a cheap bike that I'm sure had stamped steel dropouts--they'll look like flat pieces of steel welded to the fork blades, not like they were cast from molten metal.
If the spacing is wrong--the hub is too wide or too narrow for the forks--you can probably just jam it in there and clamp it down, but no guarantees. I'd probably do both those things, but I'm not advising you to do them.
As for the tire, it has to come off, so just take it off. Try tire levers, then a screwdriver (longer for more leverage), pliers, a scraper, sandpaper, whatever it takes. Clean off ALL the debris, get new rim tape and a new tube and tire and ride into the sunset.