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Rear wheel mounting procedure? (Newly fixed rider)....TFerguson
May 7, 2003 4:06 PM
What technique do you use to mount the rear wheel on a fixed. I tried: sliding in the wheel with chain on front and rear, holding tension on the chain while tightening the right side, positioning the tire in the centerline of the seat tube and tightening the left side. Anything better?

Also, how tight should the chain be?

First ride real soon, now.

Thanks,
Newly fixed TF.
Thats basically what I do...BudhaSlug
May 7, 2003 4:52 PM
it doesn't really matter whether you tighten the right or left side first, just basically pull it back till its hand tight, tighten one side with the rim ever so slightly dished to that side, then push on the rim and tighten the other side.

My rule for tension is to have it as tight as possible without any binding. If its too loose then when you shift from pedaling to leg breaking (or pseudo-coasting on a downhill) you get a tiny clunk and loss of connection, and I really hate that feeling. This usually means that with light pressure on the top or bottom run of the chain you can displace it about 1/2inch, and without any pressure there should be no sag.

Peace and Light,
Ben
re: Rear wheel mounting procedure? (Newly fixed rider)....ukiahb
May 7, 2003 5:00 PM
that IS difficult sometimes...I've resorted to jamming something (a rubber hammer) between the tire and seat tube to maintain the chain tension while tightening the wheel bolts/nuts...works well. The figure I remember for tension is 1/2" play....but check out sheldonbrown.com to be sure....lots of excellent fixed gear info there.
re: Rear wheel mounting procedure? (Newly fixed rider)....snakedust
May 11, 2003 1:04 PM
i use bmx wheel tensioners. they cost me £1 i suppose thats $2
What are they? How do they work? nmTFerguson
May 13, 2003 1:01 PM