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Old 02-09-05, 04:45 PM   #1
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Redishing rear wheel - how far can it go?

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Old 02-09-05, 05:15 PM   #2
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I've got a 27" rear wheel, that was the former home to a Sun Tour 5 speed freewheel. For reasons unknown to me, the previous owner of this VERY smooth riding steel bicycle removed the small chainring from the double crankset, so I only have the outter 53 tooth ring to work with. As-is, it lined up perfectly with the middle cog on the freewheel.

My concern -- can I redish that wheel far enough to line up a track cog with the outter chainring? Is this a common task? Or will I spend an hour or so cranking away at the spokes, just to find myself unthreading them completely before it dishes out far enough?

I have about $4 in my pocket right now, so any solutions or ideas involving a purchase are probably out of the question.



I figured this was more appropriately targeted to the fixed gear/single speed folks since it's more probable you guys have dealt with something like this, so I apologize if it belongs in the mechanics section.
You will not know till you try, but that might be a little too far for the existing htreads on the spokes. If there are sufficient threads you may need to grind the spoke ends to prevent tire puntures.

Moving the 53T chainring to the inside position will help, as will a shorter spindle in your BB. You can usually scronge a used spindle at yoour local LBS for a buck or two.

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Old 02-09-05, 05:21 PM   #3
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This may be a dumb question but can't you just move the 53 chainring to the middle?

Edit: Nevermind, you won't clear the chain stay. Been a loooong day at work.
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The wheel ought to be fine. That's exactly what I did with mine.

And just so you know, before I did that, I ran just 5 speeds with the big ring in front too. You don't need that little ring in flat areas.
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Moving the 53T chainring to the inside position will help, as will a shorter spindle in your BB. You can usually scronge a used spindle at yoour local LBS for a buck or two.

Good Luck!

If you are really broke, you can try flipping the exisiting spindle (assuming a cup/cone BB), as the non-drive side is often shorter than the drive-side.
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