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wheel movements - skewer problem?

Old 04-23-08, 08:59 PM
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wheel movements - skewer problem?

How much should a wheel move from side to side around the skewer area when it's properly tightened? Certainly not enough for the rim strip to rub against the brakes, right? I used to have to readjust my brakes every time I ride, because the wheels were slightly off center. I realized, then, that the problem isn't with the brakes or wheels but with the movement around the axle and the fork-skewer-intersection area (i.e. if the bike is leaning left, the wheels will be pushed the other way so that they are off-center from the brake pads). How much "give" should there be, ideally, around the axle? Should I get new skewers
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Wheel out of true much?
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If it is actually shifting on its axle, and not just out of true, you may need to rebuild it. You might just need to tighten the cones, but if it has been that way for long, the cones and bearings are likely worn.
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Probably taking it to a bike shop is will be the most productive. In seconds they/you will know if truing, dishing, or loose bearings are the culprit. It sounds to me like loose bearings. For us to diagnose is pure speculation without knowing how much riding on this bike and wheels are done; what type of wheels; and simply going by description.
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Stand next to the bike, lift it up by the bars with one hand, hold the wheel with the other. Can you make the wheel wobble sideways ?? Not by forcing sideways, but can you feel a little clunk clunk left to right ?? If so, the bearings are loose.

Now spin the wheel. Does it move right to left ?? Look at the gap between the rim & the pad. It should stay constant. If it's "wavy" .... going back & forth then it needs truing ....
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Two thoughts:

Please excuse this, but if you are using the QR as a screw instead of a closing it with a lever action, the wheel wii have a tendancy to drift. I see the skewers improperly closed on bicycles all the time.

If the wheel seems to always pull toward the non drive side the axle , beyond the locknut, is to long. The dropout thickness is critical. When closing, the action of the QR will feel right and will allow the wheel to be tightened and function under light load. An "out of the saddle" move or some other increase in pressure will pull the wheel to the side.

The fix is pretty straightforward. A bench grinder can be used to grind a thread or two off the end of the axle, constantly spinning the axle with your fingers while grinding will allow a nice clean finish to the end. Future service, backing the the locknut off the axle will clean up and damaged threads.

You could also hold the axle with a spanner and use a metal hand file to take down the end of the axle.
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