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Old 06-28-13, 02:27 PM   #1
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Alignment

Seems as though I have a problem getting the chain adjusted correctly and at the same time aligning the rear wheel. I get one or the other right but not both. I use a chain adjuster to get the right tension but then tighten the axle nuts and the rear wheel moves. Anybody have a method that works?

Yea, Yea I spelled alignment wrong in the subject. Can't seem to edit it.

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Old 06-28-13, 02:35 PM   #2
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Track nuts with integrated washers. They're cheap and won't slip around when you tighten them.
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Also - tighten the non-drive side first.
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Got it. Thanks
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Try this method.
http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html#wheel
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Pull the rear wheel back and make sure it's touching the non drive side chain stay(with a fair amount of chain slack) tighten the non drive side just enough so your wheel doesn't move back and forth. Then push the wheel towards the drive side making sure the wheel is aligned in the center and tighten the drive side nut, then finally tighten both sides. Not sure if that method is the correct way to get the right tension, but it sure does work.
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Seems as though I have a problem getting the chain adjusted correctly and at the same time aligning the rear wheel. I get one or the other right but not both. I use a chain adjuster to get the right tension but then tighten the axle nuts and the rear wheel moves. Anybody have a method that works?

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I thought about making a D&D joke. Glad I didn't.
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Here's what I do....

1. get chain on (center axle more or less with nuts hand tight). slack off both axle nuts so wheel is free floating (it will flop toward the drive side chainstay as you do step 2)
2. crank up chain tug til the chain seems close, but too loose.
3. center wheel, finger tighten nuts, check chain tension. it will be much tighter than before but hopefully in the ballpark.
4. loosen nuts, adjust chain tug in the appropriate direction tighter/looser with a box end wrench, starting with the wrench vertical. go in 90-degree increments turning the wrench, repeat step 3.
5. this is the important part. when you get step 4 right, the next time you pull the wheel, put the wrench on vertically and loosen it 3 180 degree turns. throw the chain off at the chainring. when you go to reassemble, just turn 3x 180 degrees on the wrench and the tension will be exactly where you started.

Flip your wheel to a different size cog? just use the half turns thing and you'll at least know where you are pretty quick and can get it in the range fast. If I switch from my 16 to the 17, I slacken the tug 6 half-turns and it's just about perfect. Remember the settings for each and cog swaps are easy.
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