All too frequently, I have been noticing that suddenly, the resistance involved with pedaling slowly increases, in spite of riding on not-so-hilly terrain. And then, the rear wheel just completely locks up. The first time this happened, I actually carried my bike home (I was only half a mile away), but I later learned how to fix this issue on-the-go.
I essentially have to stop my ride, flip my Belle upside down, open the rear wheel’s quick release skewer, shimmy the axle around until the wheel starts to spin again, lock the quick release skewer, flip the bike right-side-up, and get back on.
One time, by doing this, I got a grease stain on my dope jeans (which I ultimately was able to get out, but still, it was rather annoying!).
Initially, I thought that mis-aligned axle alignment screws were the cause of the problem, as they placed the rear wheel’s axle at an angle within the horizontal dropouts. Even after adjusting the screws, the issue persists. This slippage of the axle never happened before the Compass Tires + Honjo Fender installation. I am now trying to understand what the root cause may be:
- Is it because of the new wider tire/fender combination?
- Is it because I am not closing the quick release skewer tight enough?
- Are horizontal dropouts prone to this issue, and it is something I’m going to have to deal with?
If you have any ideas on what the cause of this issue may be, and how to remediate it, please leave a comment!