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rear wheel wobble

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Milo, 12 May 2008.

  1. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Hi just noticed that my rear wheel seems to push from side to side rather easily. The quick release is all tight and its placed in properly cant figure what it could be?
     
  2. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    axle? bearings?
     
  3. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    only a few months old.
     
  4. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    that might be it then
     
  5. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I get this on mine sometimes - I still don't undersatnd how it happens, given the QR's kept tight, but it's the cone working itself loose somehow. Just remove the wheel, screw the cone on till it's finger tight+/-, then put the wheel back on. Three minutes, give or take. (At least, assuming yours *is* the same reason as mine.)
     
  6. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    That was it sweet pea thanks.
     
  7. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    [quote name='swee'pea99']I get this on mine sometimes - I still don't undersatnd how it happens, given the QR's kept tight, but it's the cone working itself loose somehow. Just remove the wheel, screw the cone on till it's finger tight+/-, then put the wheel back on. Three minutes, give or take. (At least, assuming yours *is* the same reason as mine.)[/QUOTE]

    There should be a lock-nut with the cone (on both sides). They should be separated (You'll need a thin "Cone-Spanner" in order to do this properly.
    You then tighten the cone to the bearings until there is just no play, but not so tight as to feel stiffness or graunchiness.
    The lock-nut is then tightened AGAINST the cone. NB, the cone should not move as it is tightened against the bearings. When the lock-nut is tightened properly neither should come loose.

    Properly adjusted cone & cup bearings will last an age if properly cared for, if not they'll soon be NFG.

    All is here...

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/cone-adjustment.html
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    wot FF said.

    once they've developed play they're on their way out, might last a bit longer but if you have to keep tightening just get a new hub (or new wheels)

    matters more how old they are in miles than how old they are in months. do you ride quite a lot>?
     
  9. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Dead easy sack off the cones spanners lark - just get 2 adjustable spanners or 2 spanners that fit the outer lock nuts on the axle then turn clockwise !


    Dont turn TOO much just a bit at a time as TOO MUCH will pressure the bearings inside, just so you take the slack out of the play ! ;)

    Unless you wanna do the cone spanner bit :biggrin:
     
  10. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    1400- 1600 roughly seem fine now ive tightened the thing.
     
  11. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    And im not buying new wheels bonj...
     
  12. robbarker

    robbarker Well-Known Member

  13. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    It was only loose because the bike fell over it happened just after that.
    iT IS FINE NOW.