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Any Tips On Putting On The Rear Wheel(12 posts)

Any Tips On Putting On The Rear Wheelosc
Nov 23, 2001 1:53 PM
Within the past few weeks I have had to remove the rear wheel to fix a flat and put on a new tire. Both times it has been a pain putting on the wheel -- I got grease from the chain all over the place and messed up the sensors for my Cateye Astrale computer. Does anyone have any tips for putting on the rear wheel so that I can do it quick and with little hassle. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Before you take off the wheel, but the chain on the big ring,bill
Nov 23, 2001 2:07 PM
smallest sprocket. Makes it easier to get back on. I've seen guys do it without any fuss, without a spot of grease. I usually end up having to mess with the rear cage a little, but it also depends on the dropouts and rear derailer and even the chain length/tension.
A few more suggestionscory
Nov 23, 2001 2:43 PM
You'll also hear to put the chain on the small ring and the small rear cog, for more slack. I can do it either way, but the important thing is to put it SOMEWHERE, the same place every time, so you don't have to guess. 2xSmall is handy because no matter what you do to the bike while the wheel's off, you just move the shifters to that position and you know which gears the chain goes on.
Practice helps a lot, too. Sounds like you haven't done it much (hard for those of us here in Thorn Country to believe--sometimes I patch three four flats a day). Next time you have 10 minutes, go out and remove and replace the rear wheel a few dozen times.
Finally, if you keep the chain clean and lubed with something like White Lightning, at least you won't get grease on yourself.
re: Any Tips On Putting On The Rear WheelJofa
Nov 23, 2001 2:53 PM
It's sort of one fluid movement. Undo the brake QR, and, as the other responder said, shift the chain to the smallest sprocket before you take the wheel out. To put it back, make sure the front wheel is in already. Its hub QR doesn't have to be done up, but it will stabilise the bike whilst you're fiddling with the back one. Manouvre the wheel roughly into place and hook one of the smallest cogs on the top run of chain, making sure to miss the bottom run. Then , leaning over the bike from the front,tuck the saddle into your armpit (also stabilises everything) and grab the back qr from both ends with you hands. You should be able to tuck your fingers around the dropouts as well, and slide the hub up into place. Do a quick visual check of the wheel between the chainstays behind the BB, to check it's all central. Your weight on the saddle will seat the wheel properly, so do up the QR's (hub, brake, and don't forget to check the front also), pick up the bike briefly to spin the cranks in case you didn't get exactly the right sprocket, and you are away. Practice will get this whole process down to a few seconds, with no grease.

re: Any Tips On Putting On The Rear Wheeljacques
Nov 23, 2001 5:14 PM
All the posts are good information. I just like to boil it down a bit:

1. The chain must go back on the very rear cog it was on when you took the wheel out.

2. The only way to remember which cog that was is to put the chain on the smallest cog BEFORE you take the wheel out.

If you watch experienced riders having a rear flat in a race, you'll see them do two things - in this order: 1. immediately shift to the smallest cog, and 2. raise their right arm to hail the support car (you raise your left arm if you have a front flat.)
The real trick is to stop the support car [nm]davidl
Nov 23, 2001 7:22 PM
re: Any Tips On Putting On The Rear WheelWoof the dog
Nov 24, 2001 2:40 AM
I am sick of messing w/ rear wheels. I either just fix a flat by pulling out a tube in a place of a puncture and patching it right there and then. Or I just put on surgical gloves that I carry my tube and tools in on and my hands are clean. Whether I shift chain into a smaller cog or not, I still get black marks all over my paws, and my lycra stuff too! Yes, I probably don't do it too often (like twice a year, hehe) but I ain't practicing doing that!

Woof the tip dawg.

Sucky tip, eh?
re: Any Tips On Putting On The Rear WheelWoof the dog
Nov 24, 2001 2:43 AM
Bring surgical gloves, shift in small cog, put gloves on, do whatever the hell you want. Your hands will stay clean, like my paws! I often patch a tube by pulling it out of the tire in a place of a puncture without removing the wheel. I don't practice stuff like this, so I get myself all marked up, so I need gloves. Work great for any home repairs! Hands stay very clean!!!


stupid computerWoof the dog
Nov 24, 2001 2:44 AM
I actually had to retype the message 'cause I thought it didn't get posted. Oh well, laugh at me.
re: Any Tips On Putting On The Rear WheelDAC
Nov 24, 2001 6:38 AM
there is a little 'bracket' on the bottom of the derailleur cage. press that with your thumb to rotate the derailleur as you put the wheel back into the dropouts.
A Tippmf1
Nov 26, 2001 7:20 AM
It really helps to know where your rear derailer is positioned when putting the rear wheel on. Its almost impossible to tell when the wheel is off. Before I put it back on, I click my rear shifter (RHS) as far up as it will go and then drop it one click. The rear derailer is now positioned over the second to top cog. Line the chain up with the cog and set the bike down and it should go right into the drop-outs.
some more tipsDog
Nov 26, 2001 8:11 AM
First, as others said, shift to the small cog, large ring. I like the large ring, as it helps to keep the chain from hitting the stay so much. This does make it harder to get moving after you're done, though. But, the derailleur will be aligned with the cog when you go to install.

Here is my real tip, I suppose. Standing behind the bike, take, use the left hand to place the wheel under the bike, and bring the cassette up to the rear derailleur; as you slide the wheel up and back, take your right hand and place it on the derailleur (put a photo below for reference). Put your thumb on the main pivot, and use your fingers to push down and back on the front of the derailleur (just ahead of where it says "Dura Ace" in the photo). This will push the cage out of the way and allow the wheel to go straight up and into the dropouts. After it clears the cage, use your right hand to then pull up and back on the skewer nut. Just watch the brake to see if the tire is hitting the pads as you pull up on the skewer on both sides to move it into final position. You should never have to touch anything greasy this way.