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Seating front wheelRed Baron
Aug 9, 2002 4:15 AM
I used to not have to take off my front wheel so I'm a little spoiled. Now that I have to I pop the wheel on and I line it up before the ride so the brakes are off the rims and clamp it in and seem to find after the ride that I was rubbing on one side or the other after the ride. If you are rubbing say on the right side of the front wheel from your seated position for example, which side to you need to loosen, the knob or the quick release to get it even?

This is not a good thing! Any easy ways to seat the wheel from you guys that have been doing this for a while?

Thanks!
It doesn't matterTJeanloz
Aug 9, 2002 4:33 AM
By the way a quick release works, it doesn't matter which side you tighten.

What I typically do is put the wheel in loose and make sure that it is in all the way- so that the axle is at the top of each dropout, and then tighten the QR, being careful to keep everything in position.

Many people squeeze the front brake to 'center' their wheel and keep it steady. I'm not a fan of this method, as your brakes may not be 'centered' and this could prevent the wheel from being locked at the top of the dropouts. Using my method you might find that your brake rubs- which is an indication that the brake needs to be adjusted, not that the wheel does.

And it goes without saying that the QR should be TIGHT. Not so tight that it takes a gorilla to undo it, but almost that tight.
It doesn't matter..somewhat disagreeTommyRides
Aug 12, 2002 5:31 AM
I've always been taught, that the rule of thumb is to use the knob to tighten your QR..not sure why....but from my MTB experience, that's the correct way. Probably doesn't matter, but if you read any maintenence books, they tell you the knob.

And yes, don't use the QR to center your wheel!
Bet you turn your bike upside down.Spoke Wrench
Aug 9, 2002 5:04 AM
If you install the wheel with the weight of the bike on it, you'll have much better results at getting the axle properly seated.

Don't feel bad, this actually happened:
I went to the start of a ride where a fellow complained of his front brake dragging. A "mechanic" friend of his immediately got out his spoke wrench in order to do a quick wheel true. When he noticed the wheel was dragging all of the way around, he announced that the wheel dish was off and that he was going to have to adjust all of the spokes. That's when I stepped in. I set the bike on it's wheels, simple loosened and immediately retightened the front quick release, and solved the problem.
Centering wheel/brkaesjjohnson05
Aug 9, 2002 6:36 AM
Hold on here! First things first. Put the wheel in the fork with the QR open. Put dsome weight on the stem to make sure the axle is at the top of both of the dropouts. Tighten the QR. If one brake pad is closer to the rim on one side than the other, recenter your brakes, not your wheel. If you continue to do as you have been doing, using the QR to artifically center the wheel, the forces encountered during a ride will almost certainly drive the axles all the way un into the dropouts and your brakes will be rubbing again. Most likely it is not the wheel that is off center, its your brakes. One quick way to tell is to install the wheel with the QR open as above. If the wheel is rubbing the brakes or closer on one side than the other, remove the wheel and flip it over and reinstall. If the brake still rubs on the same side of the fork, it is the brakes not the wheel that need to be centered. If it rubs on the other side of the fork it is the wheel. If it is the wheel DON'T do that centering thing with the QR, take your wheel to a good shop and have it recentered. The QR is there to hold the wheel in place not center it.
When you hear hoofbeats, don't look for a giraffecory
Aug 9, 2002 8:40 AM
I've seen the same thing Spoke mentioned a couple of times, and done it once. The moral of the story: Always check the simplest thing first. If a wheel suddenly doesn't fit where it fit an hour ago, it's not likely that all the spokes on one side tightened themselves while you weren't looking. Make sure it's seated in the dropouts and that the brake hasn't been knocked crooked.
When you hear hoofbeats, don't look for a giraffeRed Baron
Aug 9, 2002 10:16 AM
Thanks everyone.

I'll try the easy stuff first!
...and while you're at it...seyboro
Aug 9, 2002 6:20 PM
...file off the lawyer tabs on your fork dropouts and just flip open and closed to your heart's delight from then on. No more screwing (literally)with the lever.
Disclaimer: This will certainly void the warranty on some part of your bike, or at least put the responsibility in case of major carnage back onto you.