Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take part in the May Giveaway for a Road Electric Bike Hurricane from KBO


Bent axle
#1
My brothers rear axle is bent. I don't have a vice grip so I have nothing to straighten it with. What do I do?

  Reply
#2
It's unlikely you could straighten it without taking it out of the hub anyway. Once it is out, you can tap it straight with a hammer or anything heavy. However, if it bent once, it will probably bend again unless the first bend was the result of something unusual.
Probably best to get a new axle, preferably a better quality "cromoly" one. Riding with a bent axle may damage the bearings if they didn't already get messed up. But if you have to ride in the short term, at least rotate the axle so the bent ends point down in the frame. That way, his weight will be pushing the bend the other way and will tend to straighten it if he comes down hard on the wheel. Note, don't try to bend it straight by putting a lot of force on the wheel itself. That will definitely mess up the bearings.

  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread
Author
Replies
Views
Last Post
 
1,241
06-23-2019, 01:51 PM
Last Post: MamboNumber5
 
13,248
09-24-2014, 03:25 PM
Last Post: !TREK4ME!
 
12,168
11-04-2013, 09:02 PM
Last Post: billy247
 
35,527
04-28-2013, 11:24 AM
Last Post: nfmisso
 
5,752
04-30-2012, 09:26 PM
Last Post: bobtravers
 
12,177
03-02-2012, 08:52 PM
Last Post: nfmisso
 
11,711
07-03-2011, 02:22 PM
Last Post: GeorgeET
 
14,151
06-15-2011, 03:56 PM
Last Post: Weaver
 
39,628
05-28-2011, 09:48 AM
Last Post: ayjay

Forum Jump:

[-]
10 Latest Posts
How to Approach Questionable Deals
Today 01:23 AM
Have you Ever Tried an Electric Bike?
Yesterday 09:24 PM
2021 Pro Road Cycling
05-05-2021 01:10 PM
Loose seat stem housing on Trek Madone 9...
05-05-2021 08:53 AM
1962 Varsity - Move Stem Shifters Ok?
05-05-2021 12:40 AM
Square-Taper BB 68 (1.37 24T) Crank-Arm ...
05-04-2021 06:37 PM
Can you ID this bike?
05-04-2021 01:14 AM
Cannondlale R111? R600?
05-03-2021 11:28 PM
Unknown '80s Raleigh
05-01-2021 07:04 PM
Are electric bikes the future?
05-01-2021 02:16 AM

[-]
Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
26 posts
no avatar 2. ChaseCal
6 posts
no avatar 3. Mark Zucker
5 posts
no avatar 4. Stephen111
5 posts
no avatar 5. Papa Dom
4 posts