I just bought a bike that has a Gates Carbon belt drive and am wondering what I will need do to remove the rear wheel when I get a puncture in my rear tyre away from home.
The dropout looks like this:
The centre part of the dropout on this side of the bike (and not the left side) is clearly removable. The rear of this removable dropout has a triangular shape that wedges it in place.
My guess is
- Disconnect brake cable to allow room for tyre to pass them.
- Disconnect shifter cable from hub.
- Do nothing with the belt tensioner? Loosen it?
- Loosen nuts holding rear axle.
- Remove two recessed Allen (hex) bolts from removable dropout
- Pull the frame apart slightly so the dropout can move forward?
- Move the belt out of the way through the now open slot in the frame.
- Pull the wheel out rearwards.
I don't like step 3 a lot. I've read the belt tension is important and I'm not confident of getting it correct when replacing the wheel. But if I don't loosen the belt tension first, step 6 may cause damage.
Is this procedure correct?