Bicycle rear wheel problems.
May 17, 2006 5:40 PM Subscribe
Bicycle rear wheel problems.
posted by Chuckles to travel & transportation (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been having extensive problems with a rear wheel that is about two years old - freewheel hub, double wall rim. I'm looking for advice about fixing the current problems. Also, which problems may have been the result of interactions. Finally, what maintenance should I be performing in the future.
Sure, this could go to a bike forum, but I'm not a member at any bike forums..
Problems - hub/spokes
From the begining the spokes did not appear to be tensioned properly - I would constantly hear the spokes adjusting while riding. The original quick release axle broke after about one year, along with 3 spokes.Problems - freewheel
I replaced the spokes, and replaced the broken quick release with a solid axle, but I had a little trouble with the process. The spacers weren't quite right, and there was some rubbing between the freewheel retention ring and the frame. By the time I got this resolved, about two weeks, I believe the axle was already slightly bent. I rode on it anyway..
A couple of months ago I had to replace another three spokes. This week I had another broken spoke, and I also discovered that the axle has become severly bent (in fact a couple of the bearings have been completely pulverized!). However, to my unskilled eyes the raceways in the hub still seem to be nice and smooth.
Along with those troubles, the freewheel cogs are quite warn, and the chain has been skipping terribly. These parts are original on the bike, about 4 years old. The chain runs fairly smoothly, no seased links.
Background (copied from my previous Bike question - No-hype bike site)
I commute, I exercise on road, and I occasionally ride medium distances for one reason or another. However, I am 260lbs, I carry a lot of heavy loads, and I ride pretty hard in all weather, so I do a lot of damage to my bike.
Back to the questions
- Should I replace the freewheel, axle, spoke, and soldier on with this wheel? How do I get a stronger axle for a freewheel hub? A cassette style rear wheel should have an improved bearing arrangement, should I switch? What else should I look out for to improve the durability of my rear wheel?
- Obviously my fat ass is loading the rear wheel a lot, but is there something else wrong too? Any interaction between broken spokes and a failing axle? Is it possible that the dropouts have become misaligned in some way?
- Presumably the warn freewheel (and chain too?) is the primary cause of my chain skip problem, but could the wheel problems contribute to chain skip at all? Could dropout misalignment contribute?
I'm very poor, but I need to get this problem resolved. Thanks for reading all that, and for whatever help you can offer.