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Old 02-25-17, 12:03 PM
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Axle play in dropouts

Hey,

I acquired a vintage frame for free with semi horizontal dropouts and I'm working on singlespeeding it.

The axles I have on the wheels I'm using were slightly larger than the original ones and wouldn't quite fit into the dropouts so I filed the bottom side of the drops a bit.

As it turns out it was mostly the very tip of the drop that was tight, and from filing I now have maybe a mm of play at the axle further into the dropout.

I'm assuming this is no big deal since it is only only the bottom side that was filed. Can anyone confirm that?
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If done up right, what'll keep the wheel in place is the dropout being pinched between locknut and lever/acorn nut.
The axle comes in handy to help position the wheel, but really shouldn't be carrying the load.
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Pretty much what I figured but wanted confirmation.

Thanks a bunch!
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I'd sit the bike on the ground when mounting the rear wheel, so the axle will be pressed to the top of the dropouts on both sides.
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