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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 10-15-09, 08:52 AM   #1
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Help removing stuck lock nut- sealed bearing change fail

So I finally got around to replacing the sealed bearings on my bianchi wheel set.
Tried the rubber mallet but it was a no-go. Regular hammer popped them right out.

I was following the directions found here, using my old bearings as a buffer between the lock nuts. Things went swimingly and the bearings on both sides eased right into place.

My only problem is that one side didnt unthread, and now it seems pretty well jammed in place. How can I get the one locknut to back off?



I can still get it out of the hub, but no matter what ways i thought of trying to tighten the other sides, when i attempt to loosen this now locked side, it just spins off the other nut.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-15-09, 08:56 AM   #2
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You need to get two nuts on the other side, lock them together (unscrew one and screw the other one so that they are against each other and torque) then put your wrench on the inside one (towards the hub) and from there unscrew the one that is currently stuck. This is how I have to get frozen cones out.

EDIT: Do this at your own caution! You do chance stripping something. Oh, and you may also want to try putting some oil where that nut is to help.

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Old 10-15-09, 09:04 AM   #3
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Thanks a ton!
I could have sworn I tried something like that last night, but I must not have really locked the other side down.
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Old 10-15-09, 09:07 AM   #4
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Alot of axles will have flats on them for this reason.

Does yours? If so, just clamp it in some vice grips; the flats will prevent you from mangling the threads. Otherwise, double up the nuts per leed is your best bet.

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Old 10-15-09, 09:39 AM   #5
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Maybe one of these would help?: http://www.parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=18&item=AV-1

Park Tool AV-1 Axle vice
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Old 10-16-09, 07:52 AM   #6
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Before you start using vice grips on anything, put a nut on the axle ahead of where you are going to vice grip, in case you do mangle something, you can twist the nut over the mangled threads to possibly repair what got mangled. Just a precaution.
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