Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

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Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby belgiangoth » 2 Jun 2019, 11:17am

It doesn’t help that my other bike has no rear brake and has track dropouts for fixed.
I am currently struggling with holding bike up, lining up wheel for gears and disk brake. Any smart hacks? (I don’t even know whether I should be leaving it on the big or small cog! That’s how long it’s been since I used derailleur gears)
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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby hoarder » 2 Jun 2019, 12:21pm

I carry a long strap (similar to below) for holding up the rear frame/rack of the trike - loop it over the nearest a tree branch or horizontal post, and it can keep the rear wheel off the ground to make removal / replacement easier. At home I loop it through the upper frame of the garage door.

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I usually have the chain mid range on the cassette when removing/replacing.

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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby thirdcrank » 2 Jun 2019, 12:32pm

If you change onto the smallest sprocket, there's less to get in the way when you are removing and refitting the wheel.

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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby Brucey » 2 Jun 2019, 3:02pm

back in days of yoof, one would turn a bike upside down when replacing the back wheel. Today, with disc brakes, it still isn't a bad idea.


Easiest on the small sprocket and preferably not with the chain on the big ring either.

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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby hercule » 2 Jun 2019, 5:19pm

On my Fuego I find it easiest to lie it on its left side and slide it in. The new SRAM rear mechs that lock out the jockey wheel spring make a fiddly task much easier! The strap technique will also work with a bike, provided you’ve got a prop stand - just use the strap on an appropriate branch etc to hold up the rear end tilted onto the deployed stand. Either way round get the bike on the ground and open and close the QR to get the axle sitting snugly in the dropouts.

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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby NUKe » 3 Jun 2019, 11:42am

thirdcrank wrote:If you change onto the smallest sprocket, there's less to get in the way when you are removing and refitting the wheel.

Normally I would agree with thirdcrank, but if we are talking your Streetmachine, then its similar to the Grasshopper and I find that the Mech get s in the way, I tend to put it in 5th and it seems to slide in better
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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby thirdcrank » 3 Jun 2019, 3:28pm

NUKe wrote: ... Normally I would agree with thirdcrank, but if we are talking your Streetmachine, then its similar to the Grasshopper and I find that the Mech get s in the way, I tend to put it in 5th and it seems to slide in better


My mistake. :oops: Even though my memory's not as good as it was, I don't think I'd ever have been able to associate every forum member's username with their bike. There are a few exceptions, of course: IIRC, there's somebody with a Mercian. :wink:

Anyway, apart from the insect, grasshopper to me = a young character in the Kung Fu films which were popular in an era which still seems fresh in my memory.

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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby belgiangoth » 8 Jun 2019, 11:40pm

I have been using my regular bike repair stand (on lowest setting) attached to the rear rack. It's a bit wobbly side-to-side, but if the front wheel is leaned against something it holds its position.
I'm thinking that maybe a SS hub would also provide a holding point for the bike, but would raise it quire high up.
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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby nigelnightmare » 13 Jun 2019, 1:49am

Can't you just turn it upside down?
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Re: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

Postby [XAP]Bob » 13 Jun 2019, 10:20am

Not necessarily in the HPV forum.

My raptobike would have been even worse upside-down than right way up.
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