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How To Remove Or Install A Rear Road Bike Wheel

How To Remove Or Install A Rear Road Bike Wheel

Before you remove or install a road bike rear wheel, it helps to understand how it’s held in place. The key component is the quick release, which has a cam-action lever that secures the wheel in place. For the quick release to be correctly installed, the nut on the opposite side of the cam lever should be tight enough so that when you swing the cam from open to closed, you feel resistance starting at the halfway point of the cam motion.

If you don’t feel the proper tightness, open the cam all the way and then rotate the nut on the other side of the wheel, so it is either tighter or looser as needed.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to removing or installing a road rear wheel. You don’t need any tools

1. Start by shifting the chain to the smallest cog on the rear cassette and the largest chainring at the cranks. This will move the chain and rear derailleur to the furthest outside position, so they are out of the way.

2. Open the quick release on the rear brake, so the brake pads are out of the way and will let the wheel release

3. Open the rear wheel quick release, then pull the derailleur back and push the wheel forward until the wheel drops away from the frame.

4. To reinstall your rear wheel, start by draping the top of the chain over the smallest cog on the cassette. Next, pull the wheel back up into your frame’s rear dropouts. Now check to make sure that your wheel is fully seated in the drop outs and that it is centered between the chain stays and seat stays. Adjust if necessary.

5. Finally, flip the quick release lever back into its secure place, making sure you feel resistance starting at the halfway point. Remember to rotate the lever to the rear of the bike, to keep it out of the way when you are riding.

6. Close the quick release on the rear brake and take a spin.

If you have any questions about removing or installing a road rear wheel, call the Performance Bicycle Spin Doctor product support line at 1-800-553-TECH. Happy riding.

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