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How on earth do you remove the wheels from a rod braked bike?

Old 05-02-07, 04:40 AM
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How on earth do you remove the wheels from a rod braked bike?

I'm preparing to pack Oldy57's bike, and I had a thought. The rod brakes pull up onto the inside of the rim, so I'm thinking, how do I get the wheels off this thing?
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Old 05-02-07, 05:01 AM
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You have to open, or remove the yokes from around the wheel. Some rod brake systems have an open ended yoke guide that you can simply push the yoke out of one side ar a time. On my Raleigh, you have to unscrew the yoke from it's rod an remove it. It is not a simple braking system. Imagine having a flat on a busy road.
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For the front wheel, if you remove the brake pads, you can usually get enough clearance to get the wheel off. Definitely not an easy task.

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when you ship--post the shipping cost,please.I had frames shipped to the states at about $80 but that was some time back---just wonder what cost of a compleat bike would cost today---sam
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Quite a bit more - I'd love to know who you got it shipped with for $80. Bearing in mind the exchange rate is worse for you now, a frame currently costs about $160, and a complete bike perhaps $20 more, depending on how creative I am about getting it packed down small!
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I spent about 10 minutes with my Rudge Rod Brake bike and took both wheels off. This is the first time doing it, both tires needed replacing. Here is the steps you need to take.
1) With the bike upright loosen both front brake pads and remove them. There should be enough room to remove the wheels. I also tried loosening the nuts on the rods and slipped the brakes upand out of the fork clamps. You may not need to do this unless removing the brakes completely for shipping.
2) Flip the bike upside down. Remove the front wheel. Remove the rear brake pads.
3) I removed the cotter pin on the chainwheel side but I don't think itneeds to be done.
4) Remove the chaincase cover by the crank. The pie plate is pressed in and comes off easily.
5) Remove the slide in chaincase pieces by the inside of the rear hub. They are also easy to remove.
6) Remove the 2 screws on the chaincase by the rear hub and remove the chaincase piece, screw them back in and tghten so as not to loose them.
7) Unscrew the shifting chain coupler by the right side of the rear hub. Lossen the rear hub nuts and move wheel foreward and then loosen the nuts holding the dyno wires. The wire hooks should slip off.
8) By the crank take the chain off the chainwheel so there is enough slack for the wheel to come out.

For removal of the handle bars for shipping you will have to loosen both rod nuts for the brakes by the headbadge area. Lossen the handlebar nut on top. The handlebars should move up and the rods of the brake parts should slide out. The front brake stirrup may have tto be removed.
I am not sure if you have to remove the chaincase for shipping. If you have the bike frame in the box upside down The chaincase would be at the top and maybe it won't have to be removed. The cranks won't have to be removed either if the chaincase is left on. Only the pedals will have to be taken off.
The fenders will have to come off. They can be packed sitting on the wheels.
Here is some pics I took of the process of removing the wheels. I hope this works.









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The DL-1 we have at the shop has rear-facing dropouts, rather than the usual horizontals, and it has the additional step of removing the chain tensioners on the rear axle before the rear wheel can come off.

I have mixed feelings about the chaincase being missing on ours, because they are great to have, but it certainly makes it easier to remove the rear wheel without one.

Thanks for the concise instructions and pictures oldy57!
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