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Back wheel alignment
#1
hi, I'm new, here, the names Erica. I recently starting riding a bike again (first time in about 4 years...), and today, I was going around a sharp corner, and then the pedals stopped moving. I looked, and the back tire was hitting the bike frame. I tried to re-adjust the position of the tire, and re-tighten the bolts, but within a few minutes, it happened again, but this time I was going in a straight line. Is there anything I can do myself, and quickly to fix this?
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#2
Welcome to the forum Erica,

You may have to apply more pressure when you tighten the nuts to the frame. Is the bike a multi-speed or single speed?
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#3
I know it's not fixed gear, because the gears are broken and keep clicking. This bike is a temporary replacement that I borrowed from a friend until mine is fixed.

I'm just trying to find a quick fix, because without a bike, I have a 2 hour walk to work in the morning. I'll try to make them extra tight when I get home. Is there anything else I should do?
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#4
Ok I would still say re align the back wheel up again and and use some pressure on the nuts when you tighten it down. Also put some lubricating oil on your chain. That is all I can offer as quick help, but I am sure someone else here may be able to help a little more.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#5
Thanks, I'll see if any maintenance people at school will let me borrow a wrench, and I'll pick us some wd40 on my way home.
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#6
I would stay away from wd-40 if possible Alex explains here:
http://bikeride.com/no-wd40-bike-chain/
You are very welcome for the help
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#7
oh...I don't know if I have the money for anything heavy duty...
Is there anything cheap that I can use temporarily?
I've really only been riding for about a month, and before this, I only really rode a bike to the library in high school. Still new to all this.
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#8
Even cheap chain oil is better than WD-40, in a recent cycling mag (http://www.tour-magazin.de in German) was a test of different lubricants. I don't have the current issue here, but I recall that one of the cheapest was also one of the winners (it was by Dynamic, I think, but I don't know which type). Go to a bike store, a small can / bottle of oil will set you back only a few bucks (about same price as WD-40, I'd say) and will last for a while.
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#9
Thanks, I'll buy some tomorrow
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#10
Not sure but I do think that there is an oil called 3-in-1 or something like that which is pretty inexpensive too. Good luck.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#11
I'd rather go with something bike specific. They other stuff is ok if you have nothing else. Brugger tests (indicating the ability to lubricate under load) + tests for the tendency of grime to accumulate were performed on several bike products, most of them (I think only one failed) were better than the household stuff.
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