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Old 04-29-10, 10:45 PM
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Quick release rear wheel won't tighten!

Now, before anyone asks. This is not my first QR wheel. I've had QR wheels on bikes for over a decade. But, this is a new one for me.

I have an old Varsity that I've decided to run as a singlespeed using some old QR wheelset I had lying around. When I tighten the rear wheel, I get it as tight as possible, so tight that I can just about barely close the lever by hand. That wheel should not move. Well, the moment I apply any pressure on the pedals, the entire wheel pivots in the dropouts, sliding forward on the drive side and staying about still on the non-drive side. The only thing I can think of is maybe it needs the extra thickness from the derailleur claw for it to properly tighten. I'm about to try adding some washers to the drive side of the skewer. Before I do so, does anyone have any better idea as to how to get my wheel to tighten? Before any questions about the condition of the wheels come into play, they worked PERFECTLY on another bike just last week.

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Originally Posted by Bluetrane2028
Now, before anyone asks. This is not my first QR wheel. I've had QR wheels on bikes for over a decade. But, this is a new one for me.

I have an old Varsity that I've decided to run as a singlespeed using some old QR wheelset I had lying around. When I tighten the rear wheel, I get it as tight as possible, so tight that I can just about barely close the lever by hand. That wheel should not move. Well, the moment I apply any pressure on the pedals, the entire wheel pivots in the dropouts, sliding forward on the drive side and staying about still on the non-drive side. The only thing I can think of is maybe it needs the extra thickness from the derailleur claw for it to properly tighten. I'm about to try adding some washers to the drive side of the skewer. Before I do so, does anyone have any better idea as to how to get my wheel to tighten? Before any questions about the condition of the wheels come into play, they worked PERFECTLY on another bike just last week.

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Old 04-29-10, 10:51 PM
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Look at how much of the hollow axle is sticking out beyond the locknuts on each side of the wheel. My guess is that there is more sticking out than the thickness of the dropout. If this is the case, remove the locknut and add a washer or two.
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yep, most likely case is the axle sticking out beyond the dropouts.
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Originally Posted by CACycling
Look at how much of the hollow axle is sticking out beyond the locknuts on each side of the wheel. My guess is that there is more sticking out than the thickness of the dropout. If this is the case, remove the locknut and add a washer or two.
If you do this then the dish of the wheel will be off and the wheel won't install correctly. Best bet is to grind down the end of the axle slightly so it doesn't protrude past the dropout.
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Is it possible that the axle needs to be moved toward the non-drive side? On most conventional axles this can be done by adjusting the lock nuts and bearing cones.
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Originally Posted by cavernmech
If you do this then the dish of the wheel will be off and the wheel won't install correctly. Best bet is to grind down the end of the axle slightly so it doesn't protrude past the dropout.
The bike has been converted from multi-speed to fixed gear. I'm thinking that adding a washer between the dropout and locknut may put the dish back to where it should be.
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Well, this is what I did. I took the opportunity to refresh the grease inside the hub. There was more axle sticking out on the right side than the left. When I put it back together, I screwed the left cone in a small bit more than it was originally, and I then added a washer to the right side. Now, there is an about equal amount of axle sticking out beyond the locknuts on each side. As far as dishing and whatnot goes, it's a moot point I guess because the wheel runs fine, I just got done riding it for a mile or so as a test.

Also keep in mind, this was a quick and dirty singlespeed converstion... it still has 5 rear cogs. Since I'm pretty illiterate about wheelsmithing, I'll get the wheel set up "properly" when I get a chance to get it to a shop, where I'll have a single cog put on it.

In short, I moved the axle toward the non-drive side AND added a washer. Fixed for now.

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