Wheel not spinning freely

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by jazloc, 21 Aug 2012.

  1. jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    I took the wheels off of my Triban 3 to fit some new tyres, everything went fine and I was putting the front wheel back on and when I spin it, it spins for a few seconds and then stops. It doesn't spin freely and you can hear a 'rubbing' sound, despite disconnecting the brakes completely, it's still there. It's making me think that the axel (hub?) isn't properly greased, it was working fine up until tonight.

    Not only that, I was ajdusting the brakes and then I looked at the cable and it was frayed, I haven't touched the brakes since I got the bike so I assume that it was like that before I bought it. Not mad about that, a new brake cable would to the trick but the wheel makes the bike unrideable.

    If anyone can give me some suggestions on what I should do or if I will be better off taking the bike to Decathlon, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Tyres not rubbing anywhere?
    Brakes not rubbing?
    Wheel aligned correctly, although to be fair, you'd see tyre rub.
    Quick release too tight?

    Take the wheel back out and hold the axle and spin the wheel, is it still tight ? If it's free, then the fitting of the wheel in the frame was incorrect somewhere.
     
  3. Pennine-Paul

    Pennine-Paul Goth on a bike............

    sounds like the tyres not seated properly,take the wheel off and spin it,
    see if you can see a bulge going round,deflate the tyre and push the bead down onto the rim
    all the way round and reinflate
     
  4. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    As above - presumably the wheel wasn't seated right or the tyre was rubbing

    The cable should have come with some cable end caps that you crimp onto the wire. See if you can wind it back into shape and then get some caps for the rest of the bike from the LBS.
     
  5. if the wheel span fine before you took it off, then it can't be sitting correctly in the drop-outs. Remove and re-fit...
     
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  6. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Location:
    Egremont, Cumbria
    +1

    For the cable, if you cant find a crimp, stick a piece of insulation tape round the end of the cable to prevent it fraying any more for now (or if you're lazy like me, for a few months :blush:).
     
  7. OP
    OP
    jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    Fixed the wheel, I think that the quick release was overtightened. As for the brake cable, it literally disintegrated when I was adjusting it. Going to remove it and get a new one later on. Thanks for the help, very much appreciated! :thumbsup:
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    I got a set of 2xbrake cables + 2xgear cables, plus cable ends for £4 from Asda (the megastore Asda, not the average Asda, but you might find it in there). Very good value IMO.
     
  9. Glyn

    Glyn Regular

    Location:
    Fleet, Hampshire.
    Thanks for the heads up on that

    If you don’t have a Supercentre near you, you can order on line for a free local pickup :highfive:
     
  10. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    I wish I'd known that before. Nice one.
     
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