I broke a spoke today so I got an unused, but modern, wheel out to set it up as a replacement for the interim, and use with the trainer, but I can't get it to fit my new bike. I think it seems to need a spacer between the lock nut and cone.
What the deal with getting this to work? Can I buy a spacer from a bike shop? or is it going to take some stuffing about with the axle and how much is exposed each side?
Measure it - it shoudl be 130mm from lock nut to lock nut (+-1mm or so) and wheels have been that wide for quite some years (decades!) now.
You shouldn't need to stuff about with a new wheel!?
Sounds like the axle is not centred and too much of the axle is poking through the frame hanger. Aren't the axle ends supposed to be just underflush on both sides ? if its offset, not much choice but breaking out the cane spanners and adjusting.
how big a spacer do you need?
can you scrounge some old nuts and use them or drill them out?
if the axle is off center it should only take a few minutes with some cone spanners to center it.
OK so lock nut to lock nut it's about 125mm, so basically centred or not I need a 5mm spacer.
The wheel is 'modern' but not new. I used it on my older tourer and to get it to fit I frigged about with the axle centering - so asuming that is OK, I need a spacer.
Hello LBS I guess. I wonder if it used to have one? I am going to one tomorrow to get said replacement spoke (294mm I think) so I'll see what they can cough up.
125 mm was the previous standard. If you're using a steel frame, you can pull it in, but I'd just use a couple of spacers - old axle nuts (the thin ones) would do it. I wouldn't go pulling an ally or carbon rear fork in, you definitely need spacers for that. Hell, even a pile of washers would do it, it's not as though you're looking for a lot of padding and you are using a vertical drop out (are you?).
Carbon bike, new wheel and it's meant to be 130mm so something is missing. Old axle nuts are too small as the axle diameter is a bit larger now too.
Failing all this I'll just my other, other spare wheel. Thanks
Just use washers in the meantime mate - not perfect but you'll have the proper wheel fixed in no time. Or the spare wheel (probably the better option if you've got it).
I'm surprised the axle size has gone up - hadn't struck it before, not fiddling with the right stuff maybe.As for carbon ... well, what I can say, you choose your frame and you suffer the consequenses **grin**
I have got spacers from Lia and Pete @ BMCR last time i needed one.
At least you know you need 4mm or so which shoudl be too hard to get.