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small screws on horizontal dropout(4 posts)

small screws on horizontal dropoutmattcrout
May 5, 2003 10:50 AM
What are these for? i've made my '83 trek into a SS but i would be able to have more choices of cogs in the back without taking links out of the chain (I don't want a tensioner) but the screws limit the amount of room the axle can go back, even if they are screwed all the way towards the back. Are they needed? Thanks!
re: small screws on horizontal dropoutwooglin
May 5, 2003 11:10 AM
They're to ensure you put the wheel in straight. You can take them off if you like, or continue to use them.
Handy on an SS if you can keep 'em, though.cory
May 5, 2003 7:59 PM
My Trek SS (a converted tourer) has kinda semi-horizontal dropouts with screws, and by running the chain one link shorter, I was able to keep them and get good tension without a tensioner. They make it a lot easier to get the wheel in straight. You can fine-tune once with the screws, then just slap it in and close the QR. I don't ride it a lot, but I'm a Clyde with lots of hills around, and it's never slipped.
I may lose the ones on the Paramount ...Humma Hah
May 12, 2003 8:58 AM
... running the flip-flop hub, 17T fixed on one side, 18T SS on the other, I'd get no use out of them on the larger cog anyway.

I've lived without them all these years with no problem. Don't see that they're all that vital now. One of them was bent when I received the bike ... they're delicate and I'd just as soon remove them and save them as authentic original parts.