I discovered my front wheel was doing a bit of side to side movement in the hub. Anyway got out the tools to do a bit of tightening of the cones. What should have been a ten minute job turned into many hours of swearing!!
I think one of my cones may have compacted somehow (? - probably due to the side movement). It doesn't have any pitting, but it does have a raised edge on the nut side of the cone. Not sure if this is a serious matter for replacement or not?
So I put it all back together and tightened it back up - but this time for things to flow smoothly basically everything was almost finger tight!! This included the lock nuts. Now I'm sure this isn't correct - or is it OK?
What makes it even trickier is I have a disk brake and quick release - so if you don't get it spot on, the rotor rubs against the brake pads!
Any thoughts of how tight the nuts should be (given they have to allow the hub to spin freely)? I just don't want it to all come apart of me at high speed!!
B-Force wrote:I think one of my cones may have compacted somehow (? - probably due to the side movement). It doesn't have any pitting, but it does have a raised edge on the nut side of the cone. Not sure if this is a serious matter for replacement or not?
fixie wrote:Conventional wisdom is: tighten just finger tight and then while holding the cone, tighten the locknut. Check for play at the rim and check that the wheel spins freely. If either of these is incorrect, ie that there is excessive play at the rim or the wheel does not spin freely, unlock the locknut while holding the cone, then loosen or tighten the cone accordingly about a quarter of a turn and retighten everything. If a quarter of a turn was too much, then repeat the exercise but this time go for 1/8th of a turn.
lard wrote:On the other issue of the disc rubbing the brake pads, did you try re-centering the brakes? loosen the brake caliper mount bolts, put the brakes on, tighten them back up. That usually solves rubbing disc issues.
B-Force wrote:Thanks all
I swapped the cones around and that seemed to help. Deep down I think I need to buy some new cones and bearings and start from scratch or get the LBS to do it.
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