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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 04-16-08, 03:34 PM   #1
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How to Remove Rear Wheel on a San Jose

I just picked up a new San Jose today and am thinking ahead already about flat tires. I am used to quick release skewers and also removing the back wheel with a cluster. However I am a newcomer to singlespeeds and am wondering if there are any good online how-to links on removing the wheels and especially the rear wheel. Do you need to carry two wrenches.... Do they have to be loosened at the same time.... How to take the wheel out...... How to reposition it back in...... Chain tension. Don't expect anyone to babysit me here but appreciate any web links or maybe just point me in the right direction.
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Old 04-16-08, 03:37 PM   #2
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just get the standard wrench size for the rear lug, and carry one with you all the time. You shouldn't need two.
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15mm wrench; loosen one first, then the other; pull the wheel towards the seat tube; remove the slackened chain from the cog; pull the wheel out.

reverse order to put back on. before tightening, make sure your 1) chain isn't too loose, and 2) your wheel is nice and centered with the seat tube.

get then nice and tight.
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yea 15mm. take it off like a bmx tire.

chain tensioners help too. not necessary, but they can help.

if you dont have chain tensioner, just pull the wheel as tight as you can and tighten the cog-side nut. it should just sit even and you just tighten the other side. at least that's how i've done it and it ends up straight. if i'm doing it wrong please tell me.
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I like to wedge a rolled up t-shirt or rag in between the wheel and seatstay. It holds the wheel nice and tight as you torque it. Don't get it too loose or too tight though. Best advice i have is learn to navigate sheldon brown's site and you'll never really have to ask a question again.

http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html#tension
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Thanks to all.... Much appreciated. Guess I was thinking it might be more complicated than it is. I probably was doing it when I was a kid and forgot over the years as QRs came out.
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I like to wedge a rolled up t-shirt or rag in between the wheel and seatstay. It holds the wheel nice and tight as you torque it. Don't get it too loose or too tight though. Best advice i have is learn to navigate sheldon brown's site and you'll never really have to ask a question again.

http://sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html#tension
you don't need to wedge anything in there.
you should be able to tension it by hand, or just walk the wheel back in the dropouts...
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Get this. You only need one.
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Get this. You only need one. Sorry for the duplicate post.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...+stubby+wrench

cheap and good.
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