I'm about to replace a back axle for the first time, and I'm confused about whether I need to remove the cassette to do this properly. This is relevant because I don't have the tools to remove the cassette, so I'm wondering should I hold off on the job until I have those tools.
Here's the issue. My back wheel uses a cup and cone bearing system. I understand how tightening the cone works and I have all the tools, but the problem is that when the axle is inserted the cassette side cone is concealed by the cassette, and so it can't be tightened when the axle is in.
My idea for getting around this is to fix the cassette side cone on the axle using the associated nut while the axle is out, then put the axle in the hub, and then tighten the other cone and nut to finish the install. Is this reasonable?
(Sorry if this is a stupid newbie question, but neither my Zinn book nor the online articles and videos discuss the relationship between installing the axle and the cassette.)