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Old 03-09-05, 02:04 PM   #1
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chain stuck on fender screw

Forgive me if this has been posted somewhere. I searched and didn't see anything.

I installed some Zefal fenders on my Surly LHT recently. On the rear fender, there are screws that attach to the stays near the cogs. Initially I had these screws pointed inwards, with the screw head on the outside. As I shifted into my highest gear, the chain would get stuck on the screw. Then I switched the screw the other way, so that the head was on the inside. The chain still gets stuck.

Does anyone know of a better way to attach the fender stay to the eyelet?
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Er... try a shorter screw?
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Old 03-09-05, 02:10 PM   #3
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Cut the screw down so it is shorter, or use a washer as a spacer to have it not go through the hole as far. A presta nut works pretty good as a spacer. I would suggest a drop of Locktite on the screw.
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hmm i *could* cut the screw down or get a shorter screw. i'm not sure if that would help though. i don't think there's any room on the other side for the nut given that when i reversed the screw, (so that the nut was on the outside of the frame and the head of the screw was by the cog) it still got stuck.

although maybe i could go without the nut(is that ok if i just used loctite and no nut?). or i could try to find a nut that takes up less space than the head of the screw, but i'm not sure if that's possible because it's not a very big screw head as it is.

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On my bike the hole that you put the fender/rack screws in are threaded, no nut required. I use locktite to keep them from rattling loose, and just check them every couple thousand miles.
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Forgive me if this has been posted somewhere. I searched and didn't see anything.

I installed some Zefal fenders on my Surly LHT recently. On the rear fender, there are screws that attach to the stays near the cogs. Initially I had these screws pointed inwards, with the screw head on the outside. As I shifted into my highest gear, the chain would get stuck on the screw. Then I switched the screw the other way, so that the head was on the inside. The chain still gets stuck.

Does anyone know of a better way to attach the fender stay to the eyelet?
Thanks
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All quality touring bikes have the eyelet holes threaded. Therefore, you don't need a nut, especially for the fender eyelet, which doesn't feel much stress. What you should do is get a shorter screw, or file the one you have down. It should go inward, but make it short enough that it doesn't stick out of the dropout on the inside.
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hmm i *could* cut the screw down or get a shorter screw. i'm not sure if that would help though. i don't think there's any room on the other side for the nut given that when i reversed the screw, (so that the nut was on the outside of the frame and the head of the screw was by the cog) it still got stuck.

although maybe i could go without the nut(is that ok if i just used loctite and no nut?). or i could try to find a nut that takes up less space than the head of the screw, but i'm not sure if that's possible because it's not a very big screw head as it is.

thanks for the responses
Most bikes (not all) have the hole threaded just like a nut. As long as yours is threaded and you use locktite there is no need to have a nut. I have few done that way without locktite and they ave been OK for a few years. If I was doing it now I would put locktite on for the security. If your holes are not threaded
try the hardware store and look at the different style bolt heads. I have solved it this was before too.
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My LHT was threaded, and I just put a screw in that didn't go all the way through.
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thanks. very helpful. i think i'll just do what markw did. thanks again!
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