Does it matter which way round my front wheel goes on?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 29 Nov 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    After yesterdays puncture I found my computer wasnt working this cause I'd fitted the wheel on the other way around to what it was...doh...anyway apart from the computer issue is there any other reason why i shouldn't just leave the wheel on this way around? The quick release lever is now on the right as I look at it from the saddle instead of the left....the rear wheel still has it's lever on the left.

  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Can't think of any reason that it matters, with a front wheel, unless you had a fancy tyre with a tread that's meant to go one way. (I believe there are such things...)
  3. Peyote

    Peyote New Member

    Yep, can't see any problem, unless of course you've got disc brakes. But I suspect you would've realised you'd done something wrong a bit earlier!
  4. No. Unless you are anal like me and need to be able to read the text on the hub from a standing position in front of the bike. I have a friend who is equally anal about being able to read it from the saddle. But he's wrong.
  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    tyre direction as Arch says, every tyre I ever had had a way it wants to run, how much difference that makes I wouldn't be knowing
  6. The tyre may be directional, the skewer should always live on the left hand side of the bike but the wheel may run whichever way you want. The front wheel is rotationally symmetrical.

    Pedantic? Me? Nah.
  7. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Thanks all...being a lazy bugger I'm going to leave it as is and just move the computergizmo over.
  8. Shirley its easier to change the wheel.
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Yes, but don't call me shirley...

    I guess the main thing is to have it so that the wheel is pointing fore and aft, and not try to fit it in sideways...:biggrin:
  10. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    N Ireland
    I did the very same thing this morning :biggrin:, but realised the error within a mile. FWIW it only took seconds to change the wheel and get on my way.

    In mitigation I must add that my tyres are a bugger to get off the rim and it, therefore, took so long to change the tube that I rushed getting the gear repacked and the wheel back on as I was limited for time. At least the culprit (a piece of glass) was easy to find.

    We live and learn, eh!!
  11. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Tyre direction DOES NOT MATTER on a road bike, no matter which way the (utterly useless) tread pattern goes.
  12. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent

    Apart from changing the rolling resistance of course. :biggrin:
  13. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    It was easier to change the gizmo because oterwise I would have needed to deflate the tyre to get it past my brakes
  14. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

  15. My guess is to throw the water forward rather than backwards in to you legs.
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