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Old 05-01-12, 06:46 AM
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What am I doing wrong?

Hi all, not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here goes.

I sometimes need to transport my bike using my car. The easiest way to do this is to take off the front wheel and put the bike in the back of the car. It doesn't fit with the wheel attached.

I recently had my wheels trued by a bike shop and everything was fantastic. But then I took the front wheel off, and when I put it back on, the wheel wasn't "true" anymore. By that, I mean the rim was hitting the brake pads.

I adjusted it a bit, made sure it was screwed in properly, even loosened the brake cable a bit. It "works" now, albeit it is still not completely "true".
I don't think it's the spokes, rather something I'm doing, or not doing.

What do you guys say?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-01-12, 06:48 AM
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Take the bike and the wheel with you to the shop and have them show you how to install the wheel correctly. Roger
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Guessing either you put the wheel in the opposite way round to hw it was when it was working fine, and it isn't centered (this should have been corrected if you got them trued at a bike shop), this would cause the rim to hit the brake pads on one side.

OR in putting the bike in the car, you have knocked the calipers. This would only apply if you have caliper brakes, would help to know a little more about your bike setup (brake type) in this case
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Guessing either you put the wheel in the opposite way round to hw it was when it was working fine, and it isn't centered (this should have been corrected if you got them trued at a bike shop), this would cause the rim to hit the brake pads on one side.

OR in putting the bike in the car, you have knocked the calipers. This would only apply if you have caliper brakes, would help to know a little more about your bike setup (brake type) in this case
I believe they're called V-brakes. I will try to put the wheel in a different way. I'll make sure it's on the ground when I install it. I'll let you guys know how it worked out.
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"true" refers to straightness of the rim. That means if it wobbles up & down or side to side, then it needs truing.
If it's perfect with no wobble, but not centered in the frame, that's a different problem(s)

"dish" problem: The rim could be off center relative to the hub, even though the rim is true making it sit off to one side.

Or the wheel can be "true" and "dished" properly, but sit crooked in the frame due to a frame or fork problem.
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