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(Ancient) Raleigh road bike - rear wheel dislocating

Old 01-28-18, 02:08 PM
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(Ancient) Raleigh road bike - rear wheel dislocating

I need a bit of advice. I got this bike from a bloke off eBay and, after a lengthy fight with a number of inner tubes (Iíd forgotten how awkward road tyres are to sort out), was ready to set out.

Did so, the rear wheel dislocated by the the axle slipping in the dropout (is that what itís called? The hole where the axle sits), causing the rear wheel to rub on the body of the frame.

This isnít my first old road bike, and I never faced this issue with the previous one (the previous one was so riddled with nightmare issues it had to go, but this was one of few things on it which worked reliably).

Any advice as to whether 1) I am an idiot who canít tighten an axle properly or 2) Iím missing some vital washer or other would be greatly appreciated. Plan is to use this bike for commuting mainly on roads and cycle lanes whichíll involve a few ~3 inch bumps here and there, because potholes and speed bumps are an ever present menace.

Pictures included for clarity - I am terrible at bike terminology.
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I am guessing by looking at the rear axle that is is too long and when you tighten the quick release it is not tightening against the dropout. The axle end that is sticking out beyond the nut on the axle is a lot bigger than the droput thickness. I suspect the wheels were replaced at some time in the bikes life from aother bike. Roger
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First of all, that spring on the q/r is all messed up.
If you insist on using it, it should have the wide end towards the q/r and the narrow end against the axle end.
It should NOT be threaded over the axle end.
The simple fix is to get rid of it.
Next, I suspect you have too much axle protruding outside the locknut.
Meaning the q/r fetches up against the axle end instead of pinching the dropout between q/r and locknut.
Ideally, the axle end should not reach through the full thickness of the dropout.
Couple of options:
- file down axle end a little.
- add a washer outside the locknut(quick and dirty)
- add a washer inside the locknut, tweak the dish a little and you’re done.
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axle end wider than the dropout is thick.. Measure..

grippy star toothed washer may dig in better..
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The misinstalled q/r springs, long axle protrusion, thin dropouts and damage to the dropout are all possible causes of your problem. If the photos are any indication of the overall condition of the bike I hope you paid very little for it.
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First thing to do is get those quick release springs out of there. Then try clamping the rear wheel down. That alone should solve the problem.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
axle end wider than the dropout is thick.. Measure...
My bet too.

You don't really need to measure. If the axle end looks even with the outside surface of the dropout - that's bad. You have to be able to see dropout space beyond the end of the axle. If you can't, put an additional thin washer under the locknut. You have to check both sides too.
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you guys just take phone pictures ..
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