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front brake adjustment after wheel change

Old 11-05-10, 03:18 PM
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front brake adjustment after wheel change

Ok, had my first mishap today. The chain came off and got wrapped around the axel (I guess that's what you call it). Couldn't pull it lose so I had to call someone to pick me up. Took the front tire off to fit inside the car. Now when I put the wheel back on it is rubbing on the brake. I must have tried 100 times to get that on straight and it still rubs. Is there a secret to getting the wheel back on properly? It looks like the brakes are a little off center...how do I adjust? Thanks.
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Old 11-05-10, 03:22 PM
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There is an adjustment screw on the side of most dual pivot calipers. However, you can usually just grab the whole caliper and rotate it back into position. This book is really helpful if you're new to the sport: http://www.amazon.com/Zinn-Art-Road-.../dp/1884737706
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Got it figured out. I was in a bit of a panic earlier.
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Second the recommendation for zinn's book. I built my first bike, with very little experience, using that as a guide. No problems and still works great four years later.
Another common cause of rub is that the front wheel isn't seated completely in the dropouts. Loosen the quick release and make sure the wheel comes all the way up into the fork.
The thing the chain got wrapped around is the bottom bracket shell (the part of the frame) Inside it is the bottom bracket, which is all the bearings and greasy stuff. The actual "axle" that the crankarms go onto is called the bottom bracket spindle or just the spindle. If that happens again, grab the lower part of the chain and pull it forward, toward the front wheel. The rear derailleur should move and give you enough slack in the chain to roll it back onto the chainring.
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