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I cant center the rear wheel???(3 posts)

I cant center the rear wheel???surf
Dec 24, 2001 8:13 AM
I am buying a bike for my sister that has this problem. Just an entry bike with a 7 speed freewheel. for some reason the right side triangle (with the freewheel) sticks out a bit more (to the right side of the bike). To get the Wheel straight, i have to move it to the left side just a bit so its not perfectly in-line with the front wheel. The ride is great though and i cant tell the difference when i test ride the bike. Any thoughts on this??? Is it purposeful or is there something wrong with the frame. Like i said, it does ride nicely???? Should I buy it?
re: I cant center the rear wheel???Chen2
Dec 24, 2001 11:40 AM
Sorry but your message is a bit hard to understand. If the frame is bent don't buy it. If the axle doesn't line up straight across the dropouts, I would not buy it. If the wheel's rim is not centered between the seat stays then it needs to be re-dished and trued. This is an easy fix for a bike mechanic.
-Al
Bent frame or wheel needs dishingKerry Irons
Dec 24, 2001 3:26 PM
How do you know the frame "sticks out a bit more" on the right? Did you measure it, or do you conclude that because the rim is too far to the right relative to the seat tube/BB/brake bridge? String some fishing line tightly from each drop out and around the head tube. If the line on both sides is equi-distant from the seat tube, then it is likely the wheel. If the right hand string is farther from the seat tube, the frame is bent. Another check is to put the wheel in "backwards" - reversed left for right. If the wheel is properly dished, it will end up in the same place (relative to the seat tube/BB/brake bridge) either way. If the wheel is off in both normal and reversed, the frame is bent. Don't buy a bent frame.