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Special deal--three questions in ONE!(2 posts)

Special deal--three questions in ONE!crestlinefarm
Jun 4, 2003 10:05 AM
I'll start off with the stupid question first...
1. Should wheel axles be solid? I pulled a wheel off last night and the rear axle came off in two pieces. This seemed odd.
2. Is it possible to swap an old style 5pc bottom bracket (cups, bearings, shaft) with a new sealed cartridge BB?
3. What is the best way to join the two ends on the rim tape that covers the spokes?

And a bonus question, does anyone use either locking quick-release wheel skewers or the non quick-release type? This is for a commuter bike that might be occasionally locked outside for a few hours and I'm tempted by the idea of making it difficult for the wheels to roll away...
re: Special deal--three questions in ONE!Dorf411
Jun 4, 2003 1:26 PM
1. Yes, the axle should be solid and not come apart into two pieces. Get this replaced or you will likely break your frame at the drop out.

2. Should be no problem to get a properly sized cartridge BB to replace your old one. Take it to your LBS to get the right size.

3. Just over lap for an inch or so.

Bonus: I prefer standard quick release skewers which makes it easy to fix flats. If you need to lock up your bike and you are worried about the front wheel, remove it and lock it with the rear wheel and frame all together.