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trying to remove rear wheel

Old 07-28-07, 12:31 AM
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trying to remove rear wheel

Got a flat on my newish rush hour and im trying to remove the rear wheel, but cant seem to get the chain off the cranks / free wheel to get the wheel off. Any suggestions?

Also, if I wanted to try the fixed cog, what additional steps would I take?
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Old 07-28-07, 12:33 AM
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loosen axle nuts
slide wheel forward
derail chain
pull wheel out
change flat
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Old 07-28-07, 12:36 AM
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With my axle in the most forward position, there is still too much tension on the chain ( i believe) to get it off the free wheel. Do I need a chain breaker?
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Old 07-28-07, 12:44 AM
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dont break the chain under tension.
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Old 07-28-07, 12:50 AM
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so theres nothing I can do? Im reasonably sure I cant get the chain off the free wheel, and the only tool I have is a 15mm wrench
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Old 07-28-07, 12:57 AM
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Pull the chain off the chainring (the big one in front) instead of the freewheel, and you should be ok.
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Old 07-28-07, 12:59 AM
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it's very curious that in the forward most position your chain cannot come off. make sure you have the wheel as absolutely far forward (toward the front of the bike) as possible. then, very slowly, making very sure not to get your fingers sucked into either chainring, push the chain either left or right and slowly crank the pedals either backward or forward with your hand. this should work the chain off either the front or rear chainring but might take some force once started. i wouldn't normally recommend this but it sounds like you don't have any other options.

however, you could just patch the flat without taking the wheel off. it will be a pain but it is possible.
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Old 07-28-07, 07:56 AM
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when you do get it off, have a chainlink or two added to your chain. Sounds like whoever built it up, didn't consider that rear wheels have to be removed on occasion
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Old 07-28-07, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
dont break the chain under tension.
there shouldn't be any tension on the chain unless you're
pedaling. the chain should always have a bit of play. it
is possible that there isn't enough room in the track ends to
get enough slack in the chain to remove it without a chain
tool ...if you don't have a chain tool, you could just remove
the chainring (but you need a hex wrench for that).
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Old 07-28-07, 08:37 AM
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While you at it..pick up some tools aswell, so you can do these types of repairs as you need to.

Allen wrenches, lockring tool(if you go fixed) tire levers ets...
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Old 07-28-07, 10:21 AM
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I don't understand how the chain doesn't have enough slack to remove with the tire flattened. My guess is that you are making a simple and easily corrected n00b error, namely trying to lift the chain up and off the cog all at once. The way to do it is to derail a link or two off the top of the chainring (in front) then rotate the cranks forward to get the whole thing off.
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Old 07-28-07, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
I don't understand how the chain doesn't have enough slack to remove with the tire flattened. My guess is that you are making a simple and easily corrected n00b error, namely trying to lift the chain up and off the cog all at once. The way to do it is to derail a link or two off the top of the chainring (in front) then rotate the cranks forward to get the whole thing off.
Good point.
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Old 07-28-07, 10:37 AM
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I guess there is a slim chance that the mechanic who assembled the bike pushed the wheel all the way in before he put the chain on. Maybe some rookie mechanic's first day or something.
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Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
I guess there is a slim chance that the mechanic who assembled the bike pushed the wheel all the way in before he put the chain on. Maybe some rookie mechanic's first day or something.
I agree, that's very possible.
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Old 07-28-07, 11:34 AM
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i have 4 solutions
1. check to see if there is a master link, you can remove those with a knife (be careful not to slice open your face)

2. make sure the wheel is moved ALL the way up in the track ends/fork ends/ drop out whatever you want to call it. then apply generous sideways pressure to the chain near the chain ring and pedal forward to start the derailing of the chain. again be careful not to slice open your face.

3. patch the tube with the tire attached, be careful not to patch your face.

4. take it to the shop, have them add 2 links to your chain and fix it up for free. show them how you sliced your face open and patched your face and tell them they owe it to you.

best of luck
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Old 07-28-07, 11:38 AM
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5. post pictures of sliced and patched face.

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Old 07-30-07, 04:04 AM
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Thanks to everyone who offered tips, I was frustrated with the freewheel and completely forgot how deraileurs work... sigh.
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Old 07-30-07, 05:52 AM
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Old 07-30-07, 06:06 AM
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what? i'm so confused.
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Old 07-30-07, 07:19 AM
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there's a derailleur on your rush hour?
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Old 07-30-07, 08:03 AM
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Bwah!
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Old 07-30-07, 10:02 AM
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I think they mean they forgot that dereaileur's push the chain to the side as you pedaill..so they would recreate tht action as per the tips here...
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