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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-02-07, 09:32 PM   #1
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bad noise when tightening bolts on rear hub

hi all,

i had to change a flat today and when i was putting my rear wheel back on i heard a bad "cracking" noise when i was tightening one of the bolts. it was pretty tight, but not too tight...still, i fear that i overtightened something and/or something broke in the process. frame/dropouts (steel) seem fine, the hub (surly flip flop) seems ok, but perhaps not rotating that smoothly...although i cant really compare it to how it was before. i loosed it up and started over, tightening both bolts and it seems ok...

anyone have any idea what may have broken? if anything? thanks in advance
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Old 09-02-07, 09:36 PM   #2
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You might've gotten some dirt on the bolt threads or the axle. If your axle is excessively long like most, leaning the bike on the ground is an easy way to dirty it up. Just a possibility.
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