You can't drive around with a tiger in your car.
seriously though, should I just hand tighten them? would it be better to really crank down on them, get good leverage etc? or is this unnecessary?
I ask because I just had to swap out my track nuts because they were worn away and I think it might be because I've been overtightening them
I suggest you
seriously though, do not tighten them too much, I have cracked the inner lock nut doing that
Tighten until it strips, then back off a quarter turn.
Trust me. I work in a hardware store.
Originally Posted by Jacquie Phelan
Overtightening can be as dangerous as undertightening - bolts can shear or break off. Ask a wrench at a LBS to show you.
no I always loosen everything by a full quarter turn. I love it when my rear wheel wobbles around when I'm riding.
I also loosen my headset a full quarter turn after I tighten it, I love when my fork bounces around in the headtube
Tighten them enough to keep the axle from slipping, but not much more. Too much torque can definitely wear the washers out. It can also stress your dropouts and cause them to yawn open like a croc's mouth. If you get a tensioner you can get away with very little torque.
Tighten it, but don't haul on it so much that you can barely turn it anymore.
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I used to really crank mine down by hand, until I brought my bike into the lbs, and the owner asked me what the hell I was tightening them so much for. he almost used a breaker bar, and told me to stop before I broke something. I did, and my wheels never fell off or anything.
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Originally Posted by thebristolkid
GT road bike conversion: fixed
Electric beach cruiser grocery bike:
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finger-tight front axle, and don't forget to ride lotsa wheelies.
twice a day.