i swapped my 44 tooth chainring for a 52 and put on a new sram chain recently. when i put the chainring on, it was on the opposite side of the spider legs as the 44 (it didn't fit on the other side). so how do i know how that effects my chainline? i'm not sure how to tell if it's straight. it makes a little noise, but it's not bad. i just want to be sure it's straight so problems don't arise later because of it.
the other thing i noticed when doing this is that the space between my drop-outs is a good bit wider than the space between the nuts on the axle on either side of the hub. so that when you tighten the outer nuts on the fix the wheel in place it squeezes the dropouts in about .75" before clamping down on them. is this okay? what should i do if i want to fit it better?