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Wheels mountingPierfrancesco
Aug 23, 2001 6:03 PM
Hello, this is going to be dumb. How come whenever I get a wheel off the bike then i can't mount it correctly? it always ends up hitting the brake pads. Any suggestions?
try this:Rusty McNasty
Aug 24, 2001 5:45 AM
squeeze the brakes, THEN close the quick-release. Afterwards, adjust the brake slightly, if needed. Some have a centering screw, but nearly all can be centered with either an allen key, or a cone wrench.
Common problem - easy solution.Spoke Wrench
Aug 24, 2001 6:55 AM
Don't make any brake adjustments until you are absolutely positive the brakes are the problem.

Try this first. Stand your bicycle on its wheels. Loosen the quick release, then tighten it again. DONE. The weight of the bike will seat the front wheel square in the dropouts.

This is a true story.

At the start of a group ride, a rider noticed his wheel was rubbing on his brake. A helpful co-rider thought the wheel was a little out of true and decided to adjust the spokes with a spoke wrench. When he spun the wheel, however, he noticed that the wheel was rubbing all the way around. Undaunted, he determined the dish of the wheel needed to be adjusted by tightning all of the spokes on one side.

I got there just in time. I set the bike on its wheels, loosened and retightened the quick release and solved the problem.
Excellent!Kerry Irons
Aug 25, 2001 12:59 PM
I can't tell you how many times I've seen the same thing. After reparing a flat, "My brakes are rubbing!!!" Set the bike on the ground, release the QR, the wheel centers in the frame, voila. It's a miracle, no more brake rub! Doh!
Not if you have horizontal dropouts.9WorCP
Aug 25, 2001 3:18 PM
That is the way to do it, but Captain Obvious would like to point out that many frames have adjustable horizontal drops. Which, of course, is the way bikes were meant to be.
Captain, oh CaptainKerry Irons
Aug 26, 2001 3:41 PM
Even with hz dropouts, people often get their wheel tweaked to one side while putting it in the frame. Typically, they align the wheel left/right by looking at how it sits between the chainstays at the BB, and then it is tilted to one side at the brakes. Sitting the bike on the ground, loosening the QR, and then centering the wheel fixes this problem, which was around long before vertical dropouts became popular.
The Captain is merely making a minor point.9WorCP
Aug 26, 2001 4:38 PM
If you put the wheel in, flip the bike over and tighten the QR you will not get a perfect alignment. You have to pull the wheel firmly back into the dropouts against the spring tension of the derailer. A quibble but that was my point. It's not as simple as w/ a vertical dropout where gravity seats the wheel firmly into the dropouts. But as you both described I always tighten my QRs when both wheels are on the ground. It is truly the best way.