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Old 04-24-08, 08:38 AM   #1
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rear tire clearance..

yesterday i noticed that my rear wheel had a bit more clearance on the driver side from the tire to the rear top tube than the other side, is this normal because it is on the driver side or should i get it realigned? thanks for the help.
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Old 04-24-08, 08:55 AM   #2
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WTF are you talking about? Driver side?
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WTF are you talking about? Driver side?
i'm sorry it's hard to explain. i'll take a ss later when i get the chance, thanks though.

actually the right side has more clearance than the driver side, the rear tire seems not to be centered exactly between the bottom dropouts, chain cog,lockring and hub. the driver side of the rear bottom wheel/tire w/e has a bit less clearance than the right side. is that normal?
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So is the tire close to rubbing part of your frame? Or maybe your axle has some spacers on it for chain line alignment?
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So is the tire close to rubbing part of your frame? Or maybe your axle has some spacers on it for chain line alignment?
no, it's not close to rubbing against my frame. i just wasn't sure if i should be concerned about it being a bit off, like a few cm. basically the rear tire seems to be more sided to the chain side(right side) than being equally straight between the middle.
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no, it's not close to rubbing against my frame. i just wasn't sure if i should be concerned about it being a bit off, like a few cm. basically the rear tire seems to be more sided to the chain side(right side) than being equally straight between the middle.
It'd be ideal to have the rear wheel centered, but if you're not noticing any ill effects while riding, it's being a bit off-center isn't anything horrid.

Edit: Is your chainline relatively straight?
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It'd be ideal to have the rear wheel centered, but if you're not noticing any ill effects while riding, it's being a bit off-center isn't anything horrid.

Edit: Is your chainline relatively straight?
well i just noticed this after i got a new cog put on and ever since that my rear wheel makes a clicking sound/ popping sound every now and then. at first my only conclusion was that the chain may not be getting fed right to the cog because it could be off centered, but after a few days it went away so i thought maybe it just had to be broken in? should i just go to my lbs and have it realigned if necessary?
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is youre wheel straight in the dropouts, sometimes they slip a bit just on one side
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If you have horizontal dropouts or trackends. perhaps the wheels simply isn't aligned properly. It probably slipped.

If you have vertical dropouts, either your wheel isn't dished properly or your frame's rear triangle is off alignment. Flip the wheel around to determine whether if it's the wheel or the frame. If the clearance issue is now on the other side after flipping the wheel, then it's your wheel.
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