Questions tagged [rear-wheel]

The aft wheel(s) of a bicycle or tricycle. In most bicycle designs, the rear wheel is the drive wheel but this is not always the case especially with recumbents and tricycles.

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New wheel. Does it need that little rubber lining between it and the tube?

I recently replaced my rear wheel (hooray for figuring out how to remove the cassette). Now I am about to put the old tube in the new wheel. I noticed the new wheel doesn't have any rubber lining to ...
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What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel

I just stumbled upon this photo of what appears to be a reasonably normal citybike, except it looks like it has a second set of pedals at the rear wheel. source Anybody knows what it is?
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How easy (or hard) is to move a Rohloff speedhub from one bicycle to another?

I have two 26" bicycles and I am considering investing in a super expensive Rohloff speedhub. I would like to know if it would be possible to easily move the wheel with the rohloff hub from one bike ...
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Servicing a Vuelta XRP Disc Hub

I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the freehub body off of this hub. Everything I can find online about the Vuelta hubs says that I should be able to stick a 5mm hex key into both sides ...
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Chain stuck between cassette and spokes and damaged rear hub - any way to fix it?

My rear derailleur didn't have limit screws properly adjusted so when I shifted to the biggest chainring the chain jumped in between the cassette and spokes. I managed to get it out but then noticed ...
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Where is the rear wheel quick-release mechanism on my bike?

Below are two pictures of my road bike's rear wheel (from the left and the right-hand side). As you can easily notice the tire is flat, and I suspect the tube needs to be changed since it's an old ...
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Freewheel engaging sporadically when turned backwards at low speed

I noticed that when going at low speed without pedalling the freewheel sometimes seems to engage anyway and pulling the chain until there is enough tension ( as the rear derailleur contracts due to ...
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Frequent punctures, is my weight the problem?

2 road bike. The rear tire keeps popping. I have replaced the rear rim and tube. Every time I go for a ride I inflate the tire to around 70-80psi. I am on the heavy side (310 lbs). What are my options....
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Skewer removal without quick release

I am trying to replace my cassette. I can not use my cassette removal tool as it is blocked by the skewer, so I need to remove it. From what I can see, the skewer is held together by two bolts. I have ...
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What is the best approach to an again and again wobbling rear wheel

For the last ten years, I have been riding a mountain bike (Specialized/Rockhopper), and often rather wildly, through rough terrain (roots, jumps, ruts). I am around 110 kg (240 pounds). As a ...
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Broken 26'' wheel

I need your recommendations. I have the issue with my rear rim. It was broken. And now I have a dilemma to buy a new wheel or buy a new rim and use hub, spokes from the previous wheel. One problem the ...
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Broken rear brake - told it was unfixable

I have an older model Trek mountain bike. I took it to the shop for an annual tuneup and they called me to say that the rear brake broke off the frame and that it can't be fixed. The entire brake is ...
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Can hubs last forever?

In theory, could a bicycle hub last forever if you kept overhauling it (and getting new spokes and rims and etc.)? I'd like to know about all the hubs, but what really interests me is whether or not ...
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Broken rear axle. Why does it happen and is it worth trying to repair?

So I'm taking the time during the holidays to overhaul my commuter bike. The whole drivetrain was full of old oil, road salt and grime so I decided to take the whole thing apart starting with the back ...
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Rear dropout adjustment screws on fixed-gear conversion

I have a Surly Cross-check that I absolutely love and adore to pieces. I've also converted it from a geared bike to a fixie and am wondering if I still need the adjustment screws (see picture, in case ...
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Dismounting/mounting the back wheel on a “Eurobike”

My son has a "Eurobike" (hybrid/"comfort" bike with Nuvinci variable speed rear hub and fully-enclosed chainline). He broke a spoke (which is another discussion) and since the spoke broke at the ...
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Rear hub repeatedly coming loose

My rear hub keeps coming loose which causes the rear wheel to wobble. I'm pretty sure that I know how to tighten the cones properly and I've also had the bike serviced in my local shop. Every time ...
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SRAM XD driver body wear

I was climbing a steep hill, and all of a sudden my pedals started spinning freely. The freewheel had given up. I removed the cassette and found the XD driver looking like this: The areas around the ...
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Just found a vintage Sears & Roebuck 'Ted Williams' Free Spirit 3 wheeler. Can I modernize it?

It's been in my girlfriends back yard for years and I'm under the impression that it's a pretty uncommon bike because I can't find any information on it. Her stepfather spray painted a camo pattern on ...
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Reverse Gear in Bicycles

For an ordinary bicycle (neither fixed gear nor capable of changing any gears). Is it possible to modify it to have a reverse gear on it? (i.e. reverse pedaling causes the bicycle to go backward) (...
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Freehub pawl system vs star ratchet system

If you were to choose between a Hope Pro 4 hub and a DT Swiss 350 or 240, purely based on their freehub types, ie Hope's pawl system or DT's ratchet system, which would you choose and why? The main ...
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Jan Ullrich's TT bike in la Vuelta 1999: why the bigger rear wheel?

What was the thinking behind having a bigger rear wheel on a TT bike back then?
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Rear wheel not straight because of worn out dropout?

I noticed that my rear wheel wasn't straight and even after realignment it wouldn't stay straight. After some investigation I noticed that my rear dropout appears to be worn out: Is this the problem? ...
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How to properly align the rear wheel to the bike (granny bike, single speed)

I have an old bike in which the rear axle is like you can see in the pictures below. It has pedal-brake. I've been struggling with the wheel alignment with respect to the bike. Each time I put it in, ...
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V-brake caliper arm not retracting after hard braking

When breaking lightly it doesn't happen, however when clamping hard it gets stuck. Whenever I bring the bike to a complete stop I have to manually un-jam it. Here's a video:
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Removing a rear wheel of a town bike

I'm a beginner in repairing bicycles. I have quite an old town bike. I'm trying to change the tires. I have trouble in taking out the back wheel. As you can see in the picture, there is a small piece ...
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How to remove this Mavic spoke cover from the rear wheel?

everybody How do I remove this spline cover from the rear wheel? I'm trying to replace a spoke, but I can't do so because the cover is blocking the way. I've tried using a flathead screwdriver to push ...
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Failure in venerable spoke at nipple: causes?

I have a venerable (high spike count) rear wheel that has survived many a year before and after I purchased the bicycle. Today a drive side spoke failed at the nipple while climbing. The road ...
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My pedals are forced forward when the back-pedal brake is on

I have to backpedal in order to brake. But when I do this, it works for about 3 seconds and then there's some kind of noise and my pedals start going on their own. The momentum of my back tire would ...
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Back wheel suddenly started “wiggling”

I bought recently a second hand bike for my daily rides, and it seemed in good shape. I rode it for more than a month without any problems, but recently had issues with it and had to get it fixed (...
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Used wheels - corrosion or dried rim tape adhesive?

I recently bought some used Fulcrum CPX 4.5 off eBay. They seem to be in pretty good condition, the hub is fine and wheel runs true etc. However, I noticed that when I moved them I heard dust rolling ...
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How can I remove the small slitted nuts to open an old rear hub?

This is an old back hub that has back-pedal break, and two internal gears. As pictured it has two slitted nuts that lock the hub. Which tool should I use to remove these nuts without damaging them? ...
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Axle - rear hub and washer thing a bit loose

I have a rear wheel that has needed work 3 or more times in around 3 years (of not very regular riding) and I'm wondering if something is especially wrong with the setup on this FUJI road bike. A few ...
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Brake pads from new dual pivot calipers dont reach the rim in the rear wheel

I bought a bike exactly like this one some time ago (bonvelo, a small company here in germany): I wasn't really happy with the brakes so I decided to search for a good used ones. I found a good offer ...
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Can I use a hollow rear axle without a quick release shaft?

Does quick release shaft works also as an extra protection/strength ? And if I don't have it, can the hollow axle break more easily ? I bought the wrong one on the web, in the picture I didn't saw ...
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How to take apart this rear BMX hub?

As shown in the photo, what tool do I need to take this rear hub apart? I assume I need a tool which will fit in the 4 notches. The problem I am trying to fix is that if you pedal, the rear cog spins ...
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Pedal extensions for one-legged bikers

I have tried the classical plastic pedal extensions as in the picture. I have tried riding with one foot, but it was a little bit hard pulling up. I was wondering if anyone knows of an extension for a ...
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Rear wheel won't move or keeps falling off

This question is in regards to my X-treme trailmaker bike. I removed the rear wheel in order to replace the inner tube. However, I cannot seem to reinstall it properly. When I tighten the two nuts on ...
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Rear wheel sliding/slipping on turns?

When I take turns, my rear wheel is sliding to the outside of the turn. I'm riding a 2012 Norco Heart, brand new stock tires, single-speed. I'm not carrying much weight, or taking turns too tightly. ...
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Using tandem bike wheel on regular bike

I have an Avanti Giro F2 (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/avanti-giro-f-2-2016/) currently. Im quite a heavy rider at 140kg and wanted to look at strong wheel replacements for the stocks. I've seen some ...
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My rear disk brake doesn't lock in place. Don't know whether hydraulic or mechanical

My rear brake does not work (disc brake) MTB for anything. It does not skid or even stop for that (brand new) What should I do? I went to my local bike shop in India and he told me that disc brakes (...
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What is causing an intermittent side to side wobble of the rear cogs?

I am struggling to diagnose the cause of an intermittent side to side wobble of the cogs on a rear wheel. Here's what I know: Periodically (maybe every 10-15 minutes) during a ride, I experience ...
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smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay

I built up a NOS late 90s steel frame with a similar era Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed groupset. Has gone well, except the stays/dropouts don't seem to quite like a 9 speed cassette. The second smallest ...
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Can a hub casing be warped/bent?

For a couple weeks now, my commuter bike has been creaking ominously while I pedal, and just the other day, the rear wheel began to wobble up to a full centimeter to either side (rubbing the frame) ...
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How do I replace my rear wheel?

My rear wheel was stolen this morning and I am unsure about how to go about getting a new one without wasting too much time and money (I really want to start biking to work again!). My bike is really ...
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Back wheel continuously coming loose

I’m a total amateur when it comes to biking... I recently purchased a new Bergamont Summerville N7 and took it out today for the first time longer than an hour (I’ve had it a week and been to the ...
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Derailleur and back wheel alignment issues

I've got a very old used bike. It has a bunch of issues I'm trying to fix at once: the derailleur is not keeping the chain tight only in certain gears, the back wheel wobbles slightly and over time ...
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I am always having a broken spoke once in every 500Km

I have a Giant Escape hybrid bike, which I bought as a secondhand bicycle. After I had bought it, once in every 500km, according to Strava records, I am always having a broken spoke in rear wheel. ...
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Trying to replace a wheel

I am a big dude, I weigh 250 lbs, and I kill bikes. The best thing I have found so far is putting 12 gauge spokes on my Mt. Bike, which has reduced the number of spoke I break monthly. I have a ...
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Funky Rear Axle. Need help Identifying

I recently bought a Globe Work 2, and I'm digging it, but I'm at a loss for what is going on with my rear axle. I took a couple of pics (below), so I'm hoping someone can tell me what I've got. ...