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Old 07-16-22, 09:05 PM
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Fuji Ace (kids road bike) rear axle

Picked up this Fuji Ace about 7 years ago for my daughter. It's now being ridden. by my middle son and with any luck my youngest will also ride it. Question is is there anyway to convert the rear axle to either a quick release or something easier yo work with than what it came with (see pics). Anytime I have to pull the rear wheel of to change a tire or tube it's a PITA.

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If the existing axle spins smoothly and the only reason you would want a QR is convenience, my advice is to stick with what you have and accept that you will have to use a 15mm wrench to remove and install the wheel. To convert to QR, you would have to disassemble the rear hub and replace the solid axle with a hollow axle and QR. If you do that, you might as well overhaul the hub, which isn't a bad thing of course (clean, apply fresh grease, etc), but if this is really all about convenience and there are no current problems with the hub, I'd say leave it as is for the single issue of a nutted axle vs a QR on this bike.

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It's primarily a convenience thing but my problem is that if I pull the wheel of to change thr tire or tube, I struggle to get it properly adjust to roll smooth afterward. I'm that guy that can build a bike from the frame up, but can't make micro adjustments . In the past I've had to take the bike to a shop to have them properly tighten and adjust the rear wheel.
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Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
It's primarily a convenience thing but my problem is that if I pull the wheel of to change thr tire or tube, I struggle to get it properly adjust to roll smooth afterward.
I am confused. What is there to adjust? Just bolt it on.
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The most common reason people can mess up a nutted rear wheel/axle is trying to tighten one side's nut pretty much all the way before going to the other side. Often the axle will slightly spin and this can upset the bearing adjustment. Instead I suggest tightening one side only a little then go to the second side and tighten that nut slightly more then the first one. Going back and forth between the two sides will keep the axle from spinning, maintain the bearing adjustments and involve no drama. Andy
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Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
It's primarily a convenience thing but my problem is that if I pull the wheel of to change thr tire or tube, I struggle to get it properly adjust to roll smooth afterward. I'm that guy that can build a bike from the frame up, but can't make micro adjustments . In the past I've had to take the bike to a shop to have them properly tighten and adjust the rear wheel.
You can build a bike but you can't install a bolt-on rear wheel?!?
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
The most common reason people can mess up a nutted rear wheel/axle is trying to tighten one side's nut pretty much all the way before going to the other side. Often the axle will slightly spin and this can upset the bearing adjustment. Instead I suggest tightening one side only a little then go to the second side and tighten that nut slightly more then the first one. Going back and forth between the two sides will keep the axle from spinning, maintain the bearing adjustments and involve no drama. Andy
They may have a situation where the locknuts aren't TIGHT against the cones which would certainly exacerbate the problem.
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Normally Iíd say that swapping the axle isnít that big a deal, assuming itís a the same diameter. However, if small adjustments arenít your thing, bearing cone adjustment, which will be needed to do this, isnít the best first step.

Can you describe your process for putting the rear wheel on currently?
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Honestly can't describe the process of how I've done it in the past as it's been a while. I've overhauled loose ball bearing hubs before with no problems, just takes time. Id like to just make it easier to deal with, since as we all k ow flsts happen out during the ride not near the garage.
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