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Old 10-10-06, 10:46 AM   #1
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Stranded Last Night

Hi Gang,
I either overtighten or undertighten things. Y'know those little wheels in the derailer? Last night 5 miles from home, one of mine fell off. It was dark and I had a long walk home pushing my recumbent. Dummy me also forgot his cell phone.

I didn't overtighten them for fear of them not turning easiliy enough. Do I need loctite on their threads?

Man am I tired today.

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Old 10-10-06, 12:36 PM   #2
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why on earth did you have the jockey wheels removed in the first place?
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Old 10-10-06, 01:07 PM   #3
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why on earth did you have the jockey wheels removed in the first place?
To clean them, maybe. What I'm wondering is why he didn't single speed it home...
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Old 10-10-06, 01:22 PM   #4
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To clean them, maybe. What I'm wondering is why he didn't single speed it home...
yea it should've worked without, you just couldn't shift.

I don't locktite mine, but if I had one fall off I would.
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Jockey screws should definitely be locktited. A close exam of the threads of the screws you pulled out would have shown a bit of dried OEM locktite the manufacturer used during assembly: a red or blue tinge to the screw ends.
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I didn't overtighten them for fear of them not turning easiliy enough. Do I need loctite on their threads?
Tighten the screw well. A small hub (if this is a correct term) inside the wheel is wider than the wheel, so the wheel will not be blocked and will turn easily. Locktite may help but I never used it and never had a problem with these wheels.

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Old 10-11-06, 11:10 AM   #7
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This derailer is the idler to keep my front long chain tight. So without it I couldn't pedal at all. The LaBent by LaDue uses two separate chains. One double-length from front to rear and a normal one to the back wheel. They're both on a double chainring under my seat. I suppose I should've tried putting the chain on the largest chainring up front to take up some of the slack.
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If you had a chain tool, I suppose you could have removed some links to take up the slack. But in this case, I think you were kinda up the creek no matter what...
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Y'know those little wheels in the derailer? Last night 5 miles from home, one of mine fell off.
Been there, done that. Thank goodness a really cute lady in a pick-up truck picked me up and drove me home.
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