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Old 03-19-07, 09:50 AM   #1
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removing wheels from a bike

i recently purchased an '07 rockhopper and will be picking it up within the next couple days. i own a tiny little honda prelude and i am sure i will not be able to fit the bike in it. is it easy to take off and put back on the front and back wheels? does anyone have an online tutorial on how to do this? thank you for your help
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Itís very easy to get the wheels off a bike and if you bought it from your LBS they will show you how when you pick it up.
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It only takes about 10 seconds to remove a front wheel and re-install it. Like No Mojo said, your shop should be happy to show you how to do it when you pick it up.
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Old 03-19-07, 10:10 AM   #4
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Just remember to bring the wheels with you.
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Read your owner's manual. It may void the warranty.
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Old 03-19-07, 11:38 AM   #7
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your right ill be careful to read the warranty before i take it apart. what about the rear wheel. would that be difficult for someone who knows very little about how to fix bikes be able to remove and replace the wheel?
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Just don't put it back on the wrong end...you may end up with spread fork legs.
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Taking off the rear is only slightly more complicated. Best thing to do is to shift your rear derailleur into the smallest cog before you take your wheel off. That way, when you put it back on, you know where to put your chain. It will line up your wheel and make sliding into the drop-outs easier.
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Online Tutorial:

1. Shift rear derailleur (right shifter) to the smallest (fastest) gear.
2. Pick up rear end of bike by holding on to the seat and spin the cranks until the chain drops to the cog you shifted it to.
3. Disconnect V-Brakes by squeezing the brake arms together and pulling the cable noodle (silver curved pipe) out of the brake arm. (if it has disc brakes, skip step 3)
4. loosen rear quick release located at the rear hub.
5. Pull down on rear wheel and fish the chain outta the way.
(rear wheel should be off now)

6. Disconnect the front brake using the method in step 3.
7. Loosen the front quick release, then un-screw the nut far enough to remove front wheel from the fork.
8. Pull off the front wheel.
9. Loosen the seat tube binder (should be a quick release similar to the hubs)
10. Push the seat as far down as it will go.

This should get the bike in the car.

When re-installing the wheels...(if it has disc brakes) be sure to align the rotor in between the brake pads, as well as getting the chain on the last cog.

Don't forget to get your quick releases nice and snug so you don't die.
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Old 03-19-07, 03:43 PM   #11
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hey thanks alot for the ideas and tutorial.
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Do what I do, just rip it off.
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Kinda like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI1tA30Y6mI
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I need to make a video of me laughing for that one.
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