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Old 10-15-15, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mbs3926 View Post
I have just purchased a Raleigh Equipe track bike (great value, rides well)

I already owned a nice pair of "fixed" wheels (more spokes stiffer )

however (please be patient here)

the dropouts on the front forks appear to be too narrow

question is

are there different diameters of axles or drop out sizing ?

apologies if this is a stupid question, but what am I missing here (apart from common sense perhaps?)

You can carefully file the dropout openings until they accept the axles. Avoid creating a "step" in the back of the dropout opening - it should remain smooth and semicircular. A notch there can act as a stress riser and result in a broken dropout. I use a flat file to do the enlarging and a round file to clean up any notches. (Yes, axle sizes can vary. My Raleigh is 50 years old and I had the same problem.)
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