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Old 04-21-14, 04:42 AM   #1
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Rear hub/axle play

Hi guys,

I've got a Dawes Mono and there is a small sideways play of the rear wheel. I think the hub/axle needs some work but there are a few things that I haven't answered:

* Could this just be a matter of adjusting the lock nuts (the two nuts on each side that need the special spanners and lock each other)?
* If I need to replace the bearings, do I need to take the axle out and does this mean I will have to also remove the spokes from the wheel?

I don't know where to start troubleshooting. Is there a well known tutorial on this that people follow (like Sheldon Brown's tutorials)?
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Old 04-21-14, 05:10 AM   #2
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It's not magic, and actually quite simple to adjust and overhaul cup-and-cone hubs. Just requires some inexpensive tools.
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Spanners. If it binds, then it's time to check the axle isn't bent.
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It's not magic, and actually quite simple to adjust and overhaul cup-and-cone hubs. Just requires some inexpensive tools.
Thanks,

I know - I'm fairly mechanical but I've never done this so I'd like some starter advice. I do all my bicycle and motorcycle work and so far they've been OK .
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I know - I'm fairly mechanical but I've never done this so I'd like some starter advice. I do all my bicycle and motorcycle work and so far they've been OK .
Read on:

Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Hub Overhaul and Adjustment
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