Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Seattle WA USA
Bikes: Jamis Xenith SL; LiteSpeed Tachyon Fixie, Redline Cross/Rain & Winter Bike, Argon E116 TT/Tri, Argon E99 Track
This last season I started to pull my wheel over during really hard efforts. Kinda just all of the sudden started to happen. Put some tugs on, broke the drive side one. Ended up scoring the drop out and that fixed things.... then I figured I should de grease the drop outs. After some 91% rubbing alcohol I was shocked how much my drive side dropout was dirty. It looked clean, it felt clean... Lesson learned, de-grease first. Guessing some chain lube and oils from my hands where the true issue. I've changed my chain to locate the axle on a different part of the drop out not scored and have not been able to shift the wheel since cleaning the drop outs. Now I carry gloved and alcohol with and dab the drop outs clean when changing wheels at the track. I have an Argon 18 E99 so a different frame, but keeping things clean is still a good idea.