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rear wheel moving in dropoutsJamie Harris
Mar 16, 2001 5:34 PM
This will sound dumb. I never, ever had this problem before. But, I built up a Paramount frame I got from a friend. The dropouts are more parallel than other bikes (where the rear wheel slides in). Upon cranking hard, I got the non-drive side of the tire to shift and it touched the frame.......causing me to stop of course. I do not see why this would happen. The skewer is tight- of course. Any thoughts.......the shop saw my bike an had no clue.

re: rear wheel moving in dropoutsBrian B.
Mar 16, 2001 6:58 PM
Get some sandpaper and take the paint off the dropouts where the skewer sits. That usually helps. Additionally, buy some skewers that have better "teeth"- lots o' road skewers have really wimpy surfaces; throw a pair of mountain skewers on.

If shop the shop "has no clue", find a different guy at the shop or a different shop altogether.

-Brian B.
DON'T do that to a classic frame...derf
Mar 17, 2001 4:47 AM
more that likely the problem is the skewer (Dura-Ace?), replace it and the problem will go away.
re: Check this too.....Sydnie
Mar 17, 2001 4:55 AM
....make sure the axel isn't so long thet it extends beyond the outer edge of the dropout and the skewer is clamping it rather than the dropout. A skewer that gets a proper bite on the dropout is essential too.
I agree with SydnieSpoke Wrench
Mar 17, 2001 6:19 AM
Older bikes, like yours, had 126mm drop outs. Newer bikes usually have 130mm drop outs. If the axle has been replaced, which is likely on a bike this old, whoever did the work might have used one designed for 130 drop outs. The axle has to be long enough to rest in the drop outs, but not so long that it will extend all the way through the drop out.
BTW,Jack S
Mar 17, 2001 6:24 AM
what the heck does The dropouts are more parallel than other bikes mean??? Either they are parallel or they aren't. Or are you talking HORIZONTAL?
BTW,Jamie Harris
Mar 17, 2001 7:49 AM
I meant more parallel with the ground, not parallel with each other. So, your description of more horizontal than vertical mans the same thing.

Thanks guys.Jamie Harris
Mar 17, 2001 7:52 AM
I am going to check the axle length and also the skewer teeth situation. Those both sound lodgical to a goofy situation. The wheels are new and it is a Specialized skewer. I have couple other sets of skewers. The frame is a 1991, so I do not know about the 126mm or 130mm, but the wheel seemed to pop right in without stretching the drops or anything. Thanks for the ideas.

And no..........the skewer is not bent, but I think that was a funny post.
Mar 17, 2001 6:40 AM
the skewer is bent, what a piece of crap, what the hell?
Fixed the exact same problem on my bike.Scy
Mar 18, 2001 6:38 AM
It drove me crazy for a while but I finally figured it out.
On the rear hub assembly, the two outside nuts holds the hub together. Each of these nuts has a smooth side and a side with teeth--it contacts with the inside of the dropouts as you tighten the skewer. It turned out that I had flipped one of these nuts around so that the smooth side was now contacting the dropouts.

Hope this helps.
Specialized skewer is the problem.Ian
Mar 18, 2001 8:15 AM
That is where I would place my money. I worked in a LBS that sold Specialized and saw this on a few bikes. I also had it happen twice on my own bikes. I then swore off Specialized skewers and have not had the problem since. Get a pair of Shimano or Salsa skewers and I would bet the problem will go away.