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Wheel /quick release problem(4 posts)

Wheel /quick release problemLLSmith
Apr 22, 2002 12:54 PM
On my last few rides I have had to stop and re center my front wheel. Actually I push it all the way to one side and then push the lever in. I have the lever so tight its hard to get closed.It slips from center to the right side when Im climbing out of the saddle.Could it be that my brake is no longer centered? Do the skewers have to be set a certain way to keep the wheel centered?
Obvious questionKerry
Apr 22, 2002 4:36 PM
Is your wheel centered in the frame? If not, then the wheel needs to be trued so that it is centered when resting in the dropouts. You cannot correct for a dished front wheel by setting it crooked in the frame. Why would you want to do this anyway, since it will only goof up the bike's handling and it is pretty straightforward to have the wheel true and properly dished (zero dish on a front wheel). If your wheel is centered and your brakes are off-center, then adjust the brakes (loosen bolt, center brake, tighten bolt while holding brake centered). The only other possibility is that your fork is bent. To check this, just put the wheel in, check position, and then flip it and check again. The wheel should be centered regardless of which way you put it in the frame. If not, then the fork is bent or somehow out of whack.
Wheel or brakes?Quack
Apr 22, 2002 6:13 PM
Skewers only squeeze the hub squarely between the dropouts to give the wheel stability and keep it from falling off, nothing more. You cannot rely on them to hold a wheel off-center to compensate for some other problem. If you think the dish of your wheel is bad, flip it around and see if it gets pulled toward the opposite side. Or you could borrow a wheel from a buddy and check it.

If the wheel spins true and doesn't deflect greatly while standing, the wheel is most likely good. Your forks could be bent but if you don't remember crashing or running over your bike with your car, they are probably OK.

I'm putting my money on your brakes. Make sure your brakes are mounted firmly to the forks by trying to twist them in the forks by hand. They should not twist. If they do, the force of applying the brakes can pull them off center and cause rim rub.

Good luck!
Thanks to both of youLLSmith
Apr 23, 2002 5:17 AM
After checking this morning the brake came off center a fuzz.As I think back it does seem kind of silly to put the wheel in off center. My thought was that if it had something to do with the skewers it would slip to the center position.As it turns out when I thought the wheel was being put in centered, it was actually not centered. It was slipping to the centered position and rubbing against the off center brakes.
Thanks again