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Rear hub play

Old 10-01-12, 10:00 PM
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Rear hub play


I am not exactly sure what is going on but it seems like there is play in my rear wheel hub. When I spin the wheel I can see the hub shift laterally along the axle and causes the wheel to not be perfectly aligned with axle anymore. Is there some way I can fix this. I am unsure of what to do as I am just learning to fix my bike. Also I would like to note that I am currently riding a fixed gear with a flip flop hub. Thanks for any advice.
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Sheldon explain adjusting the hub here: but if it's that far out of adjustment you may need to overhaul the hub (link @ bottom of same page) to look for damage. Not out of the realm of possibility that you would find a broken axle if you have not removed it from the frame yet.
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If it is as loose as you describe, it should be disassembled and cleaned. When they wobble around you get a LOT of wear that puts metal shavings in the grease and causes worse wear.

You may get it apart without a cone wrench, but be prepared to spend ~ $10 for one to fit your bike so you can assemble it correctly.

Read the posted link, and you'll get if fixed OK.

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